AssessmentDay's 2020/2021 Psychometric Tests 'Real World' Survey
Updated: January 21, 2020
Here we present the findings to our 2020/2021 psychometric tests survey.
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SHL is the most common test publisher of numerical reasoning tests. From over 1000 numerical tests reviewed, SHL were the publisher for 32% of them.
Our data show that, from the 1462 respondants, numerical reasoning tests usually occur before any interviews - most commonly during your online application.
Verbal reasoning is one of the most common aptitude tests to take - however, we wanted to know how common is a verbal test for each job sector?
There is a 90% chance of facing a verbal reasoning test when applying to law and teaching roles, with engineering favouring mechanical skills over verbal.
Over 70% of candidates said they would rather face a verbal reasoning test than a numerical reasoning testSample size = 721
SHL tops the list as the most used test publisher for logical reasoning tests, with TalentQ a close second.
Logical reasoning is just one of many names for logic-based tests. From our sample, the most common title was ‘inductive reasoning’.
We asked inductive test takers what they felt was the most difficult part of the test...
30% of candidates felt that timekeeping was the hardest part - with inductive tests notoriously a fast-paced test.
Inductive reasoning tests are more likely to be used in engineering, science and IT roles.
Diagrammatic tests consist of many types of tasks that it hards to know what is likely to come up in the test.
From our sample, 75% of candidates faced ‘rotation’ questions as part of their test with calculation and subsitition questions occuring the least.
Diagrammatic tests favour those with analytical minds, with problem solving being a key skill for success.
Watson Glaser are synonomous with critical thinking tests and their market share confirms that.
77% of critical thinking tests, from our sample of over 800 test takers, were published by Watson Glaser.
Critical thinking tests consist of five different parts: assumptions, deduction, interpreting information, inferences, and analysing information.
When asked what was the most difficult part of their critical reasoning test, 35% of candidates found ‘assumptions’ to be the hardest.
Situational judgement tests (sjt) come in many forms and are often unique to the role/hiring company.
80% of situational judgement tests that candidates had taken were text-only.
Over 70% of candidates prefer an sjt that is representative of the role and working environment they are applying to.Sample size = 1445
Spatial reasoning tests incorporate various different tasks - 85% of candidates faced ‘2D to 3D’ questions as part of their spatial reasoning tests.
Most of the common tasks occur at high percentages, so are likely to be in each test, other than ‘formation’ which has a low occurance from our data.
Spatial reasoning tests are not commonly used in most sectors, but are viewed as some of the most enjoyable and mentally challenging tests available.
Personality tests are one of the most common aptitude tests and they take many different forms.
From our sample, over 50% used some form of ‘likert scale’ as the format of their questions.
Over 65% of our respondants revealed that they manipulated their answers to appear more favourably to the employer.Survey sample = 824
Assessment centres (ACs) are unique to hiring companies and usually the final step of an application process.
You can usually find online what the hiring company’s assessment centre will consist of. From our survey, 92% of respondants faced a ‘group exercise’ as part of their assessment centre.
Assessment centres can seem scary, it’s the final step to securing the job. 37% of people felt that ‘interviews’ were the hardest part of their assessment centre.
‘Presentation exercise’ scored 20% of the vote, which deserves a mention as only 52% of the respondants actually encountered one as part of their assessment centre.
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