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Psychometric Testing and Profiling

psychometricA Psychometric is just an instrument which measures human attributes in a standardised way - for example, ability (verbal, numerical and cognitive reasoning), personality, motivation, values, emotional intelligence (EI) and attitudes to name just a few.

When are they used?

Psychometric tests or questionnaires are used for a variety of reasons.  Ability tests can be used by employers before the interview stage as part of the selection process, they are also used by some Universities to select between similar candidates (for example the UKCAT selects applicants for courses in Medical, Dentistry and Biomedicine).  Personality 'testing' or profiling is also sometimes used at the interview stage of recruitment or as part of an assessment centre process.  Most psychometrics can be used in a development context – to help you understand more about yourself.

Why should we use Freshwater Consulting for the provision of psychometric services?

  • We are independent assessors and registered with the main test publishers and can therefore access the most reputable, valid and reliable tests for our clients from the ever-increasing number on the market.
  • We hold certificates of competence in Psychological Testing Level A and B with the BPS (
  • We are experts in selecting the most valid instrument(s) for your specific needs.
  • We offer coaching for psychometric testing to maximise your performance e.g. for the UKCAT or employment screening.

What type of instruments are typically used?

As already stated we prefer to select the most valid instrument for your specific needs.  To give you a flavour of some of the instruments we have used in the past see the list below:

  • 16PF / 15FQ
  • FIRO Human Elements (FIRO-B, F and S)
  • Hogan Development Survey (HDS)
  • MBTI®
  • Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ)
  • Type Dynamic Indicator
  • WAVE

Where can you practice using different types of psychometrics?

If you are interested in trying out some practice tests we can recommend the following sites: - this is the most comprehensive list of practice tests, compiled by Dr Mark Parkinson a prolific writer on psychometric tests and you can buy his books at our bookstore. - this site is specifically designed to help prepare for the UKCAT.
You can also see a range of books on the subject at our bookstore.

What to do next? 

If you are interested in finding out more about psychometric testing / profiling or coaching then please contact us.



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