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Psychometric tests attempt to objectively measure aspects of your mental ability or your personality. Psychometric tests are ...

Psychometric tests attempt to objectively measure aspects of your mental ability or your personality. Psychometric tests are
a standard and scientific method used to measure individuals' mental capabilities and behavioral style. Psychometric tests
are designed to measure candidates' suitability for a role based on the required personality characteristics and aptitude (or
cognitive abilities). They identify the extent to which candidates' personality and cognitive abilities match those required to
perform the role. Organizations use the information collected from the psychometric test to identify the hidden aspects of
candidates that are difficult to extract from a face-to-face interview. They are statistically examined, and are constructed to be
objective and unbiased. This is done by using standard methods of assessment so that everyone is presented with the same
questions and instructions for completing them.

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    • What are Psychometric Tests? Psychometric tests attempt to objectively measure aspects of your mental ability or your personality. Psychometric tests are a standard and scientific method used to measure individuals' mental capabilities and behavioral style. Psychometric tests are designed to measure candidates' suitability for a role based on the required personality characteristics and aptitude (or cognitive abilities). They identify the extent to which candidates' personality and cognitive abilities match those required to perform the role. Organizations use the information collected from the psychometric test to identify the hidden aspects of candidates that are difficult to extract from a face-to-face interview. They are statistically examined, and are constructed to be objective and unbiased. This is done by using standard methods of assessment so that everyone is presented with the same questions and instructions for completing them. There are two main types of psychometric tests: Ability Tests– Measure your ability to perform or carry out different tasks. Aptitude and ability tests assess candidates' capabilities within specific, defined areas of competence. Some of the more commonly used aptitude and ability tests assess areas such as verbal ability, numerical skills, logical reasoning and problem solving. These tests add value when assessing a candidate for a position that demands a high level of capability in a particular area (e.g. numerical skills for a role which demands a high degree of numeracy, for example, an Accountancy role). In this case, a numerical ability test will provide an accurate and objective measurement of the candidates'
    • capability which can be compared against the other candidates and the requirements of the role. Personality Tests - Measure your way of doing things, and specifically the way you interact with your environment and other people. The principle behind personality questionnaires is that it is possible to quantify your personality by asking you about your feelings, thoughts and behavior. Examples of personality tests:- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a psychometric questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions. This 16-type indicator test is based on Carl Jung's Psychological Types, developed during World War II by Isabel Myers and Katherine Briggs. The MBTI uses a series of forced choice questions in which the individual has to choose only one of two possible answers to each question. The choices are a mixture of word pairs and short statements and are chosen to reflect opposite preferences. Participants may skip questions if they feel they are unable to choose. The Thematic Apperception Test, or TAT, is a projective psychological test. Proponents of this technique assert that a person's responses to the TAT cards can provide information about his or her views of the self, the world, and interpersonal relationships. http://cpt.hitbullseye.com/bull-test-prep-placement.php What are the points to be kept in mind while attempting Psychometric/Personality Tests? Personality is the typical way in which a person responds to situations or a person's preferred way of behaving in particular situations. The test is popularly administered in such a way that the number of questions is proportionately more as compared to the time required to solve them. Normally the instructions require you to attempt all questions in the given time frame. Personality tests are designed so they include several questions measuring an identical personality trait. Hence, consistency in the way you respond to questions is very important.Questions are scattered in such a way that you sense prior familiarity, but under the time pressure you may not be able to check your response to such questions.
    • Personality tests measure your behavioral style, opinions and motivators— for example, whether you prefer working in a group or independently whether you prefer taking charge over situations or following others. Personality tests also measure personal attributes such as temperament, career interests and personal values. The response cannot be measured in terms of right or wrong. Some personality tests use specific questions to detect your level of honesty. One of these honesty scales is called social desirability. The questions relating to this scale deal with undesirable behaviors that most people would have demonstrated at least once in the past, such as "I have never told a white lie, even to save someone's feelings". A test-taker who denies these undesirable behaviors that are extremely common will receive a high social desirability score which is used to identify fakers. Practice makes perfect. As with any other test, practising getting familiarised with the personality test reduces stress and other factors which impair your performance. Don't be tempted to believe that our behaviour and responses are considered genuine only if we answer test questions without preparation. Preparation is critical to ensure that you demonstrate your full potential. Sample Test Take this Neuro Linguistic Programming Test to get familiar with psychometric tests. Answer the following questions for each area that is relevant to you. 1. Think of yourself exercising. Tick the thoughts that are most like the ones that come to mind. A. Getting fit. B. Avoiding injury. C. Having a sense of personal achievement. D. Losing weight. E. Enjoying the environment. F. Taking your mind off the pressure of work. 2. When you think of changing your job, which of the following are you most likely to think of? A. The kind of work you would most like to do. B. The situations and people you don't like and want to avoid. C. The satisfaction you will get from doing what you want.
    • D. The frustrations you experience currently. E. The things that your current job doesn't give you. F. The kind of work that satisfies your needs. 3. When you make a decision to go on holiday, which of the following do you do? A. Think of the problems of organizing a holiday. B. Begin to imagine yourself there on holiday. C. Think of what your holiday will be like. D. Remind yourself of the benefits of taking a holiday. E. Think of some of the problems you have experienced on previous holidays. F. Think of everything you have to do first. 4. Write one sentence that explains their relationship to each other. 5. It may help to think of something that you are in the process of buying currently a car, a house, a book, an item of clothing. Which of the following do you do? A. Look for aspects of this purchase that are the same as similar purchases you have made before. B. Think the purchase through to discover in what ways it doesn't meet your needs. C. Compare the purchase with a mental or actual list of characteristics that you want to have. D. Search for something that is different to what you have had before. E. Seek to find out how this product matches up to similar products. F. Want something that is unique, there is no other like it. 6. In conversation, which of the following applies to you? A. You like a good argument B. You look for the common agenda C. You push for agreement D. You test out someone else's views to find out where they are wrong
    • E. You find yourself using the expression "Yes, but…." F. You find that you are usually in the company of people who share your ideas. 7. Take a piece of paper and write down three or four sentences describing your home as if to someone who has never been there.Now go through your sentences and count up how many descriptive words you used that were: A. Abstract, global descriptions, e.g. spacious, airy, dark, traditional. These are words that are non- specific. Number of abstract words = B. Detailed, precise descriptions, e.g. n X n meters, temperature, number of doors, windows etc, colour of the surroundings. Number of precise words = 8. Tick any of the following that are characteristic of you A. Thinking about holidays you have had B. Savoring the things you see, hear and feel around you now C. Reviewing how successful you work has been D. Planning what you will do in the future E. Paying attention to what is happening around you F. Mulling over conversations you have had G. Deciding how you will spend your day H. Enjoying every moment I. Dreaming of where you would like to be J. Being aware of how you feel K. Anticipating what is going to happen L. Reminiscing Analysis In this analysis the question numbers are grouped under the particular filters to which they most relate. Add up the number of ticks you have in each of these columns. Questions 1, 2, 3 (Towards / Away from thinking) The column with the greatest number of ticks indicates your preference Question Away From Towards 1 B A D C F E 2 B A D C E F
    • 3 A B F C E D Questions 4, 5, 6 (Match / Mismatch) Your preference will be indicated by whether you identified what was similar in each of the shapes. A. They are all rectangles, they each have four corners and they all have straight sides. B. They are all circles C. They are all arrows, they all point roughly upwards The above are all examples of sorting for a match. If you have identified what was different in each, i.e. the mismatch, then you would have answers similar to the following: A. Two are upright; one is on the side. B. Two circles are smaller in size to the other four C. Two arrows are pointing up and right and one is pointing up and left. For questions 5 and 6, add up the number of ticks in each of the following columns. Question Match Mismatch 5 A B C D E F 6 B A C D F E The column with the greatest number of ticks indicates your preference Question 7 (Big Chunk / Small Chunk) Your preference will be indicated by the number of words of each type. If you have a larger total for A ,your preference is big chunk thinking. A larger total of B would indicate a preference for small chunk thinking. Question 8 (Past / Present / Future) Indicate which ones you ticked in the following columns. Past Present Future A B D C E G F H I L J K
    • The number ticked in each column indicates your relative preferences, i.e., highest score = most preferred style; lowest score = least preferred style. Comment on Test Our perception of reality is governed by the filters that we have. The test tries to identify our filters. Knowledge of our own filters, and also those of the persons we deal with, will help us in getting the best out of ourselves and others. A small explanation of what each of the filters mean is given below. Towards / Away from thinking: Do you take decisions because of liking or to avoid discomfort to self or others. Match / Mismatch: Do you like order or you are comfortable in chaos. Big Chunk / Small Chunk: When you think of a problem, are you more interested in the macro issues or are you interested in the details. Past / Present / Future: What part of time dominates your thinking Read more at http://cpt.hitbullseye.com/ cpt.hitbullseye.com