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Are you about to sit a psychometric test? Do you know how to pass your psychometric assessment? Do you know what types of preliminary tests you are required to sit before gaining employment?

As part of our practice psychometric tests Australia package, we have created a guide packed full of sample questions to help you prepare for different psychometric tests.

In Australia, psychometric tests have become an imperative part of job selection processes, and therefore it is important that you are able to pass these tests with high scores.

Using our psychometric testing guide, you will be on your way to securing your dream job in Australia. Complete with selection tests for becoming an Australian Firefighter, Police Officer, Train Driver and more!

Nowadays, gaining employment is not always easy. There are many obstacles to overcome, and some of these obstacles come in the form of psychometric testing. Australian employment uses psychometric tests as a way of sifting through hundreds of applicants for one job position.

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Definition of Psychometric Tests

Psychometric tests date back many years, and are repeatedly used alongside initial job selection processes to ensure the right candidate is selected for the job role.
If we break down the word ‘psychometric’, we get ‘psycho’ – meaning mind and ‘metric’ – meaning measurement. Therefore, psychometric tests are a great way of MEASURING a person’s MIND in regards to different skills and abilities.

Unlike other facets such as education, psychometric tests are a way of providing potential Australian employers with a better insight into the skills and qualities that are tailored to the job role they’re advertising.

These tests allow candidates to be assessed on their personality, behaviour, strengths, weaknesses, working style, performance and other important factors that are imperative to the job role for which they are applying.

Moreover, psychometric testing can be defined as a process of measuring a candidates ‘suitability’. Not only does the candidate need to show high levels of suitability to the job role, but also, the job is tailored for a certain type of person, and thus it is important to match up the correct job with the correct person.

Types of Psychometric Tests

Australian Numerical Reasoning tests are commonly used in jobs that require strong levels of mathematical ability. The majority of Numerical Reasoning tests are administered to candidates who are applying for managerial, graduate and professional positions; any job that deals with making inferences in relation to statistical, financial or numerical data.

Numerical Reasoning tests can be used to assess:

  • Basic Mental Arithmetic
  • Critical Reasoning
  • General Intelligence
  • Estimations
  • Speed and Concentration
  • Financial Reasoning
  • Data Analysis

Our practice psychometric tests Australia package is complete with different types of psychometric tests, which are used across different Australian job selection processes.

A psychometric test is based around the key requires and attributes required for the specific job role for which you are applying.

Below I have provided you with some of the most common types of psychometric testing used for an array of Australian jobs.

Australian Verbal Reasoning or Verbal Ability tests are specifically designed to assess a candidate’s ability to reason with words, language or comprehension and demonstrate an understanding of written information within the English language.

Most employers who use psychometric tests in job selection processes will include a verbal reasoning or verbal ability test of some form. This is because there are very few graduate careers which don’t require the ability to understand, analyse and interpret written information, often of a complex or specialised nature.

Typical formats of the Verbal test include:

  • Verbal Logical Reasoning
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Verbal Comprehension
  • Vocabulary test
  • Spelling and grammar test
  • Word meanings test
  • Word relations test

Australian Non-Verbal Reasoning tests are often used to assess a person’s ability to recognise shapes and patterns in regards to formations. The questions appear in diagrammatic and pictorial form, often referring to these tests as Abstract, Spatial or Diagrammatic Reasoning.

Such tests may include:

  • Determining identical shapes
  • Rotating shapes
  • Reflections of shapes
  • Finding the odd shape
  • Finding the missing shape
  • 3D shapes
  • Coding
  • Shading and colours
  • Number sequences


Australian Concentration tests have become increasingly popular within job selection processes. Some recruiters want to see evidence of how effective you are at carrying out tasks that require high levels of concentration.

Concentration tests often require great attention to detail. You will usually be provided with a set of information that you need to take in quickly, and using that information, you must find the correct answer.

Typical concentration tests may include:

  • Numerical Visual Comparison tests
  • Memory tests
  • Work Rate tests
  • Group Bourdon tests
Australian Mechanical Comprehension tests often comprise of fault diagnosis questions which are used to select personnel for technical roles where they need to be able to find and repair faults in different operating systems. The Mechanical Comprehension test is to assess your mechanical and technical understanding. These types of questions often relate to:
  • Gears and Pulleys
  • Springs and Levers
  • Weights
  • Rotating objects

Australian Fault Analysis tests are more commonly used during assessments for careers that require a technical level of competence.

These types of tests are designed carefully to assess whether a candidate is able to spot the fault in a set of diagrams.

Who has to sit a Psychometric Test?

As mentioned previously, an ever increasing number of jobs now require you to sit some form of assessment, in order to identify certain aptitudes, personality and abilities. If a job requires you to sit a type of psychometric test; it is crucial that you do your utmost to ensure you gain the best results possible.

Most Australian psychometric tests are performed online, although different jobs use different means of formats.

Tests are often used as a preliminary screening process in order to filter out the strong candidates from those deemed less desirable.

You may be required to sit a psychometric test before or after an interview; you may be asked to sit these tests before an interview is even offered; or you may be asked to attend an Assessment Centre, whereby you will be assessed alongside other candidates.



  • Australian Defence Force;
  • Australian Firefighter;
  • Australian Police Officer;
  • Australian Train Driver;
  • Marketing in Australia;
  • Administrative work in Australia;
  • Australian Medical careers;
  • Australian Business careers;
  • Australian Legal sector.

The above list is not exhaustive, and many jobs now use psychometric tests for graduate and managerial roles.

Australian psychometric tests have become increasingly popular and therefore you will need to know what type of assessment you will be required to undertake. Whilst you should practice for the test you know you’ll be sitting (i.e. if you are asked to sit a numerical test), it would also go a long way to practice other types of psychometric tests in order to improve on other key skills (i.e. you could practice concentration tests to improve your timing and memory skills).

Free Australian Psychometric
Test Questions


Study the following chart before answering the questions that follow.






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Australian Psychometric Test Guide

By the end of the guide, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding about psychometric tests and why they are used;
  • Implement the top tips and knowledge provided to guarantee high psychometric testing scores;
  • Prepare effectively for your Australian psychometric tests;
  • Understand the common types of psychometric question including numerical, verbal, non-verbal, mechanical, concentration and fault analysis.

Top tips for passing your Australian Psychometric Tests

Below I have carefully broken down each type of psychometric test, and provided some real top tips to help you prepare for your assessment.


  • Make sure you practice your mathematical skills. You will find the numerical reasoning test difficult if you are not great at maths. Practice you adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. Also practice mathematics including fractions, percentages and ratios.
  • Try practising numerical test questions in your head, without writing down your workings out. This is very difficult to accomplish, but it is excellent practice for the real test. Also, practice numerical reasoning tests without a calculator. This will guarantee to better your mathematical ability, and will not have to rely on the use of a calculator.
  • Understanding the question! It is imperative that you read the question carefully to ensure your answer is correct. Recognising units, and measurements and other important mathematical


  • Find out how many minutes you have to complete the test. Usually, Verbal Reasoning tests are conducted under strict time limits, and so it important to work on your timing skills, in order to enhance your overall performance.
  • Brush up on your vocabulary, grammar and punctuation. Verbal Reasoning tests assess eye for detail, and it is important that you are able to show high levels of literary ability.
  • Read the passage carefully before answering the questions that follow.


  • Try and visualise the questions.
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning tests are designed to test people under strict time limits. Most people find it difficult to finish all the questions. Therefore these tests are designed to measure people’s level of accuracy whilst working in speedy conditions.
  • It is not wrong to draw out your answers as you go along. Drawing out the answers of what you think it may look like, will help you to visualise the answers.
  • Pay attention to everything! If you are unsure about what the differences are or what is happening in the sequences, pay attention to everything you see. Count all the sides, angles, colours, shading, line types, sizing, rotation, reflection. That way you can eliminate what is the same and what is different about the sequence.


  • The main tip for this type of test is to practice. The more you practice and work on your concentration skills, the more likely that they will improve.
  • Accuracy is key, but also keep an eye on the time! Not only will you be assessed on your accurate scores, but how well you performed under severe time limits.
  • Make sure that you practice these questions under timed conditions. Not only do you have to work on getting the answers correct, but the time limit is extremely restrictive, and thus you want to work on your timing skills in order to stand a better chance at passing.


  • Make sure that you have knowledge regarding the following areas (these areas often crop up in a Mechanical Comprehension test):

    > Operating systems
    > Pulley systems
    > Mechanical advantage
    > Circuits
    > Levers

  • The majority of employers will assess your on speed and accuracy. Therefore, you are advised against random ‘guessing’. In order to stop this practice more and more test administrators are deducting marks for incorrect answers. Therefore, during your preparation for your assessment I recommend you simply practice lots of test questions, but more importantly understand how the answer is reached.

    • Fault Analysis tests requires great levels of concentration. Practice your concentration skills by practising some of the concentration tests (found in an earlier chapter within the book).
    • Accuracy and speed are very important during this type of test. Be sure to work not only on sample questions, but your timing skills as well. You need to better your overall performance to ensure higher scores.
    • Pay attention to everything!
    • Make sure you focus on each diagram/image very carefully. You do not want to miss important information.

Psychometric Tests Guide Contents

The Australian Psychometric Test workbook contains:

  • KEY INFORMATION – regarding what psychometric tests are, why they are used, and the different types of assessments you can expect;
  • TIPS – top tips for passing the tests including detailed information in regards to each type of psychometric assessment;
  • HUNDREDS OF SAMPLE QUESTIONS – the workbook purposely provides you with lots and lots of sample questions for you to get your head around, and to ensure you are ready to take any psychometric test;
  • IDEAL – for anyone who wishes to successfully pass their Australian psychometric test;
  • DETAILED EXPLANATIONS – this book contains all the answers and explanations of how to work out every single question, so you are able to correct your mistakes and know how to work the question out for future reference;
  • EASY TO READ – this guide is broken down into clear, easy to read chapters in order for you to make the most out of your guide. You can quickly flick to the psychometric test you wish to study, or work your way through the mammoth of psychometric tests available to you;
  • A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE! – This guide is packed with all the information, advice and tions you will need to prepare for, and pass any Australian psychometric test.

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