Aptitude test practice

Our consultancy work focuses on aptitude test practice and bespoke psychometric test design. We believe in the benefits of practice and ensuring fairness in testing. We therefore offer some practice aptitude tests and some practice psychometric tests. The intention is to promote as ‘level a playing-field’ as possible.

Aptitude test practice

All of our psychometric test practice resources are free. So, we hope you enjoy using them!   In our opinion, there is plenty of the right type of aptitude test practice, aptitude test tips and test-taking strategies.

We certainly hope you get maximum value from our free psychometric test practice resources!  Psychometric test practice works best when it’s specific to the test type and the level of difficulty of the psychometric test you will be taking.

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Graduate Psychometric Test Practice 

Our first point is that a well-designed selection procedure focuses on predicting a graduate’s competency within a particular work context.

Secondly, that psychometric assessments only form one part of the selection procedure.

Our third point is that personality assessments can give an indication of how well an individual applicant will fit into the existing workplace or team.

Finally, psychometric assessments can assess which applicants are most suited to the demands of the vacant job in terms of both ability and personality factors.

My Practice aptitude test books 

Passing Verbal Reasoning Tests.

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Numerical reasoning Tests.

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Verbal Reasoning Test Example

Instructions

Read the passage. To each question, answer TRUE, FALSE or CANNOT TELL using only the information given in the passage. Answer TRUE if the statement is true or follows on logically from the passage. Answer FALSE if the statement is false. Answer CANNOT TELL if there is insufficient information given in the passage.

Firstly, Verbal Reasoning Test Passage I

The Far Eastern practical philosophy of Confucianism did not begin as a religion and, unlike religious institutions, does not have a clergy or church associated with it. It has been followed for two millennia in China and was the state orthodoxy until the Chinese Revolution in 1911. Whilst it is not an organised religion, Confucianism has still been hugely influential on East Asian spiritual and political life.

Confucious taught a way of living one’s life through adopting moral values as the basis for political and social actions, firmly focusing on one’s family foundations within the community. There are two ethical divisions in Confucianism: the first derives from Confucious himself, and values following conventional codes of behaviour; the second strand came from medieval neo-Confucians’ belief in following one’s moral intuitions.

  • Confucianism is a religion that values the family over the community.

Firstly, Cannot Tell. The passage states that Confucianism values both.

  • This is both a religion and a system of philosophy.

Secondly, True. This is logical based upon the passage.

Passage II

Whereas invertebrates have an external exoskeleton, vertebrates have an internal endoskeleton. The human endoskeleton is comprised of cartilage and the body’s 206 bones. These are connected to each other by ligaments. It protects and supports the body’s internal organs. Also, the human endoskeleton also works in conjunction with muscles, joints and nervous system to enable movement.

Joints occur between bones, making the skeleton flexible by acting as hinges or pivots. Tendons attach muscles to bones and contract in response to a stimulus from the body’s nervous system. Those muscles that are under conscious control, the skeletal muscles, act by pulling against the bones of the skeleton.

  •      Physical activity requires the muscles and bones to synchronise.

Firstly, True. See 3rd sentence.

  •     The human endoskeleton provides connection points for the body’s muscles.

Secondly, True. T

  •  The human skeleton is comprised mainly of bone.

Thirdly, CT.

  •    Unlike invertebrates, humans have an internal exoskeleton.

Finally, False. Humans have an internal endoskeleton as specified in the first and second sentences.

Test Passage IV

Copernicus’ sixteenth century model of the solar system has the Earth and associated planets revolving around the Sun. Nicolaus Copernicus’s theory was the first heliocentric model of planetary motion, placing the sun at the centre. That said, his solar model retained the erroneous premise – as per the Ptolemaic System – that planets move in perfect circles.

There was a complete change in people’s concept of the universe because of the move away from the geocentric view. The Copernican model of the solar system laid the groundwork for Newton’s laws of gravity and Kepler’s laws of planetary motion. It describes how each planet stays in orbit.

  •      The passage suggests that the Copernician system was flawless.

Firstly, False. The Copernician system retained the erroneous premise that planets move in perfect circles.

  • Copernicus developed the first geocentric model of the Earth’s solar system.

Secondly, False. The model was heliocentric.

  • C paved the way for Newton’s work on the orbits of the planets.

Thirdly, True. See the last two sentences.

  • The Ptolemaic system preceded the Copernican model.

Finally, True. See 3rd sentence.

Here is a useful list of psychometric terminology.

Psychometric terms

Norm-Referenced

Every psychometric test has at least one norm group.

The standalone score has little meaning, so a comparison with previous candidate performance is used. For example, percentile rank.

Pre-test (or Pilot) Item

A trial item as part of a larger-than-necessary set of pre-test items. The  final, refined test is created by refining those items that work best. This is based on statistical analysis of the trial item set’s results.

Reliability

Firstly, is the test a reliable measure?

Most commonly the internal consistency index coefficient alpha or its dichotomous formulation, KR-20. Under most conditions, these range from 0.0 to 1.0, with 1.0 being perfectly reliable measurement. A reliable test may still not be a valid test.

Subject Matter Expert (SME)

SMEs write items, review items, participate in standard-setting studies and job analyses.

Validity 

Secondly, is the test valid? A measure of what it ‘says on the tin’?

In our opinion, both the initial content validation and later criterion validation analysis are vital for any bespoke psychometric test.

We recommend collecting additional recruitment data over time so that additional validation studies can be conducted. Such as assessment centre data.

Aptitude test practice