Many businesses now use powerful and highly
accurate Aptitude/Ability Tests as a method of assessing
individuals when carrying out recruitment. Whilst psychometric
tests such as these were once mainly used for senior positions,
today they are used for all job types and at all levels.
Taking a Psychometric Test is likely to be one
of the most worrying and nerve racking experiences a person can
face. Tests are designed to stretch people - there would
be no point in a test which was so easy that everyone got all of
the answers right!
Psychometric test publishers do not make their
Aptitude and Ability tests generally available to the public.
While some do produce familiarisation materials, these usually
consist of only a few specimen questions and do not allow you to
try out a full set of tests under real life conditions.
We can help you prepare for your psychometric
assessment with SOLUTIONS practice tests :
Knowing what to expect
is probably the single most effective way of reducing your
anxiety about being tested, and this alone will improve your
performance. SOLUTIONS is designed specifically to
help you do this. It will allow you to familiarise yourself with
the psychometric testing process, and give you an opportunity to
complete a full set of ability and aptitude tests and
undergo a full 2½ hour simulated test session (or you
can just dip into the tests for a quick look!).
All the tests you need in one place
- SOLUTIONS now contains all of the
commonest types of Aptitude/Ability Test in a single
Graduate/Managerial Numerical Reasoning
Reasoning/Critical Thinking Ability
Verbal Ability (English Language)
Standard Numerical Ability
Abstract Reasoning Ability
- There is no need to pay separately for
access to the different aptitude tests SOLUTIONS
- Download your own personal copy -
no need to be on line to practice. No need to pay for
postage or wait for CD's to arrive by mail.
Automated administration, scoring and
- Unlimited use - no time or usage
Product lifetime upgrades and
100% secure on line ordering
- After sales customer support
If you are preparing for a test for a higher level or managerial
SOLUTIONS ADVANCED (Business/Managerial) may be a useful additional
or a more appropriate set of tests to help you prepare.
Comprehensive and Detailed
Developed by our expert team of
Chartered Occupational Psychologists, SOLUTIONS
consists of the five most common types of psychometric test
used in occupational selection - verbal reasoning ability,
numerical reasoning ability and abstract problem solving
ability. In addition it contains tests of Graduate/Managerial
Level Numerical Reasoning Ability and Verbal Reasoning/Critical
a full length 30 minute aptitude test, and they allow you to
skip through the questions or complete a full 2½ hour test
session. You can do this in your own home. There is no limit on
the number of times you can use SOLUTIONS and the correct answer to every question is
SOLUTIONS closely approximates a real psychometric
testing session - each test is strictly timed, although you are
given the option to disable this timer and take as long as you
wish to complete the tests.
The standard level verbal, numerical
and abstract reasoning tests are similar to the UK Armed Forces
(Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force) basic level selection
SOLUTIONS will calculate individual specific aptitude
scores as well as overall general ability scores, and can help
you gain some insight into where your own ability strengths and
development areas may be. The test is not normed, and the
question difficulty level assumes no more than a basic
educational attainment level. Your results are interpreted in
comparison to what an average adult might be expected to score.
Hints and Tips
provides hints and tips on how to prepare for and approach a
test session; how to deal with specific types of test and what to
expect during and after the testing process.
Quick and Simple to Download and Use
have placed your order on line you will be automatically emailed
with instructions on how to download and activate the software for
use on your own computer.
Why Choose Our Practice Tests?
are a plethora of practice psychometric/ability tests on the
market. We should know - we were one of the first to offer
practice tests via the internet way back in 1995!
attracted between 10 and 25 visitors a day back then, a lot has
changed since and we really do want you choose the best solution
for you, whether from us or from another provider.
choosing where to obtain your practice tests please consider
these issues :
1. Have the tests been developed
to an industry standard level of quality?
It is a
simple enough task write a 'test' that looks like a test
- to the untrained eye it may look plausible enough. However,
the quality of a test is determined by it's psychometric and
scaling properties, and not what the test items look like. Our
practice tests have been developed according to the guidelines
laid down by Kline (1995) and other respected experts in the
test development field.
2. Do the tests prepare you for
the 'whole' testing process?
trying a list of questions will not prepare you very well for a
test session. From our experience with candidates we know that
it's anxiety about the psychometric testing process, rather than
lack of familiarity with the test questions, which causes poorer
performance on tests. Many candidates perform well below their
true level of ability because they are nervous - it is as simple
as that, but not surprising given the very real consequences of
poor performance on a test.
result, our tests are not simply lists of test questions, but
have been designed to simulate the actual testing
session/process, which can often last for an hour or more, from
dealing with the instructions through to external time control,
whole test scoring (with explanations) and detailed feedback.
The tests have been developed as coherent, stand-alone tools in
their own right which are designed to help you prepare for the
whole experience - they are not just unstructured lists of
3. Who actually developed the test?
are no legal or statutory controls over who can publish a test.
Our team of developers are fully qualified, BPS registered
Chartered Occupational Psychologists. Our lead developer, Liam
Healy is also a member of the BPS Board of Assessors in
Occupational Psychology and an experienced test developer,
having worked on test development projects for both central
government and a range of commercial and not-for-profit
organisations. Liam is also the author of
More How To Win at Aptitude Tests, Harper
Collins, 2001; and Psychometric Testing for Dummies, John
Wiley, 2008; and has been lead test
developer for most of our own in-house psychometric tests.
Psychometric tests are not like school exams. Test scores are
usually interpreted in relation to the scores obtained by a
group of known ability e.g. graduates, the general population
etc. So, there is no such thing as a pass mark.
Incidentally, this is also why test development is such an
'cut-off' points are sometimes used, these are dependent upon
selection ratios and base rates (in simple
terms, the number of candidates an employer has to choose
from, and the natural ability level within that group).
Be wary of anything that offers you the chance to 'Pass'
psychometric tests - it may betray a lack of understanding as to
what the testing process is about.
4. How up to date are the tests?
the test developers are delivering psychometric assessment
projects in the real world on a regular basis, they may not be
up to date with the latest developments in both testing practice
and what employing organisations are looking for.
psychologists are all experienced business consultants in their
own right, and our practice tests reflect the very latest in
thinking on test use in selection and recruitment. We keep one
eye on the academic world, but we earn our livings in the real
5. How much do the tests cost?
what you pay for! You might ask the question - how much
technical care and expertise went into developing any test which
is given away for free?
years we have tested thousands of candidates - we know what
candidates need from a set of practice tests, and our practice
test development was driven by a desire to satisfy that very
real candidate need.
of our commercial clients are HR managers or Directors, so we
understand the other side of the testing equation. We have
spent, and do spend a lot of time developing our practice
products, and have invested a lot of our own expertise into
6. Tied to the Internet? or the
tests are downloadable, stand-alone software packages. You can
for instance transfer them to a laptop for practising when on
the move, once you have downloaded them you do not need to be on
line again to use them.
Furthermore, because you can download them, you can get going as
soon as you have received your password (which happens
automatically as soon as you order). You do not need to wait for
the postman to arrive with a CD Rom to begin.
How To Order
- Go the
- Complete your order online using our
- You will then be sent an
email with your download instructions and password to fully enable
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