What are psychometric tests?

Psychometrics (‘psycho’ relating to mind and ‘metrics’ relating to measurement) is the science and practice of measuring psychological characteristics such as ability, personality and motivation.

Tests are typically seen as being ‘psychometric’ when they possess the following characteristics: standardised administration, objective scoring and interpretation, and evidence demonstrating their reliability, validity and fairness. Whilst most tests will claim to have some or all of these properties, the term ‘psychometric’ is most often applied to the measurement of constructs that cannot be directly observed. For example, we cannot directly measure a person’s level of creativity, but instead must infer this from a test taker’s responses to a series of questions or tasks.

They add an important and objective way to assess candidates’ abilities and behaviours.

As mentioned above, psychometric tests have a number of distinctive features that may not all be present in other forms of assessments.

  • Standardised administration – meaning that the conditions for administering, scoring and interpreting are consistent and done in a pre-determined manner.
  • Objective scoring and interpretation – meaning that a system is in place which means that different scorers will arrive at the same score for the same response, and there is no subjectivity in the process.
  • Evidence demonstrating their reliability, validity and fairness - meaning they measure what they set out to measure and produce accurate scores without bias.
  • Developed to meet best practice.

Psychometric tests break down into two distinct types – tests of ability and assessments of personality.  Ability tests assess how well a person does something whereas a personality questionnaire assesses how they do it.

Cognitive Ability or Ability Tests

Ability tests (also referred to as capability of aptitude tests) are used to evaluate job candidates on certain skills and abilities. They can measure different skills and aptitudes including problem solving, numeracy, communication, analysis and critical thinking, as well as specific job-related abilities.  Read our blog to know more on why cognitive ability matters

Types of ability test include logical reasoning, numerical ability/reasoning, verbal ability/reasoning and spatial reasoning.

Tests of this nature are time-bound and have right or wrong answers.

Personality Assessments

Personality assessments are tools and techniques used to assess characteristic patterns of traits that people exhibit across various situations in areas such as interpersonal relationships, thinking styles and how they react to pressure.

They are designed to help assess how well a candidate will perform in the role, how motivated they will be and how much drive they will exhibit based on their behavioural traits.

Some personality assessments also offer insights on dark sides or derailers. This information can be used to make informed decisions in selection and development especially for leadership roles.

Would you like to know if psychometrics support diversity in recruitment? Please read our blog here

 
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Personality Assessment (Tailored)
Personality Assessment (Tailored)

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Our personality assessment is based on six major dimensions of personality i.e. HEXACO model. The factors that make up the HEXACo model: Honest-humility
Emotionality
eXtraversion
Agreeableness
Conscientiousness
Openness to Experience
We provide three different types of reports which can be used by interviewers. Please refer to the reports section for further information. We provide lots of support to help our clients use our tailored assessments, including full debrief sessions before interviews commence to answer any questions arising and to do a deeper dive into the candidates’ personality, ability, and derailment reports.  Note: The SOVA Cognitive ability tests (verbal, numerical, and logical) are timed tests although the time is not present on screen. Therefore, we ask candidates to work as accurately and as quickly as they can – remember, ability tests measure maximum performance.
EMOTION 2
EMOTION 2

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Evaluate emotional intelligence in the workplace

EMOTION 2 measures candidates’ and employees’ ability to understand their own emotions and their capacity to establish harmonious working relationships with others. The test provides a reliable score for an individual’s interpersonal and intrapersonal competencies by assessing 15 specific factors related to emotional intelligence.

KEY FEATURES

  • Measures social desirability
  • Provides norm-based EQ scores
  • Personalised analysis with easily applicable developmental advice

Analysis of 5 main dimensions:

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-assertion
  • Personal development
  • Leadership
  • Adaptability

Analysis of 15 factors of emotional intelligence:

Intra-personal Intelligence Inter-personal Intelligence
Self-knowledge Expressing emotions
Self-control Assertiveness 
Self-regard Empathy
Self-confidence Tactfulness
Self-motivation Dealing with diversity
Optimism Motivating others
Resilience Mediation 
Flexibility  

REPORT PRESENTATION

  • Social desirability indicator
  • Standardised EQ score
  • Graph for at-a-glance analysis
  • Analysis of the candidate’s profile
  • Developmental Comments
  • Candidate matching with the 5 EI dimensions
Professional Profile 2
Professional Profile 2

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 15 Minutes

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The PROFESSIONAL PROFILE 2© adopts the trait approach. This is our latest personality assessment, designed and validated with the most recent method in psychometrics, the Thurstonian IRT. It measures 14 set of dimensions in opposition (e.g. introversion vs. extraversion), thereby resulting in an analysis of 28 aspects of personality and motivations. 

In addition to the Five Factor Model (FFM) of personality, several established theories were used for the conceptual and practical development of the PROFESSIONAL PROFILE 2©.

Other theoretical frameworks include C.G. Jung (1971) Theory of Psychological Types; William Schutz (1958) Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation; Lee and Ashton(2004) HEXACO Model of Personality and J. Holland (1958) Occupational Themes (RIASEC)

Key Features

  • Uses the Thurstonian IRT model to avoid social desirability
  •  Easy to understand reports, without psychological jargon
  • Internationally recognised, and registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS)

14 sets of character traits are analysed: 

  • Straightforwardness vs. Persuasiveness
  • Firmness vs. Flexibility
  • Emotional sensitivity vs. Emotional distance
  • Introversion vs. Extraversion
  • Structure vs. Improvisation
  • Intuition vs. Focus on facts
  • Personal balance vs. Involvement at work
  • Desire for guidance vs. Desire to lead
  • Need for reflection vs. Need for action
  • Humility vs. Ambition
  • Team work vs. Autonomy
  • Individualism vs. Altruism
  • Free-thinking vs. Rule-following
  •  Familiarity-seeking vs. Novelty-seeking
REASONING – SPATIAL
REASONING – SPATIAL

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16 Minutes

 16 Minutes

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Measuring spatial reasoning abilities

REASONING – SPATIAL measures the spatial reasoning abilities of an individual and more specifically its ability to mentally rotate an object in 2D or 3D. These abilities are particularly important in the areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics).

KEY FEATURES 

  • Measure the ability of mental rotation
  • Score comparison between STEM and no-STEM population
  • Score and personalised comments

The candidate receives an overall score and personalised comments.

Mental rotation ability requires very good skills in mental visualisation skills since it is about to mentally represent a complex object and repositioning it in space.

Mental rotation is useful in many professional fields, for example in interior architecture, sculpture or pottery, even in haute couture.

REPORT PRESENTATION

  • Overall score
  • Personalised comments
  • Definition of spatial reasoning
  • Comparison between STEM and no-STEM population
Work Profile
Work Profile

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12 Minutes

 12 Minutes

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Reveal a candidate’s behaviour and job compatibility

Work Profile is a personality assessment designed especially for entry-level jobs, requiring a lower level of qualifications. It is the only recruitment-based assessment to reliably measure an individual’s work personality through their workplace, social and emotional traits, as well as the values and aspirations that drive them forward. Suitable for candidates and employees with lower level qualifications.

KEY FEATURES

  • Uses ipsative structure of the Thurstonian IRT model to avoid social desirability
  • Profile matching with 6 work-focused personality types and 138 groups of professions
  • Detailed, easy to read report with personalised comments

Analysis of 15 factors split into 3 groups:

  • Workplace traits: organisation, compliance, dynamism, sociability, sense of responsibility
  • Social and emotional traits: persuasiveness, self-control, tenacity, assertiveness, adaptability
  • Aspirations and values: sense of service, ambition, autonomy, intellectual curiosity, desire to supervise

Profile matching with 6 work-focused personality types: Leader, Persistent, Conscientious, Sociable, Explorer, Innovative

 

ETIX
ETIX

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12 Minutes

 12 Minutes

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Predict counterproductive work behaviour

ETIX evaluates the likelihood of individuals engaging in counterproductive work behaviour. It covers six behaviours relevant to today’s work environment, including discrimination, harassment, and lying. By distinguishing between a person’s attitudes towards themselves and other people, ETIX reveals not only if a person might participate in counterproductive work behaviour, but also if they might enable it in others.

KEY FEATURES

  • Monitors social desirability
  • Measures attitudes towards counterproductive work behaviour in both self and others
  • Adheres to the ISO 26000 norm

Analysis of 6 dimensions of work ethics, each of which relates to a counterproductive work behaviour:

  • Respect for Facts and Honesty
  • Respect for Rules and Procedures
  • Respect for Goods and Property
  • Respect for Commitment
  • Respect for Equality
  • Respect for Other People

Each dimension is divided into 2 facets:

  • Attitudes towards self
  • Attitudes towards others

REPORT PRESENTATION

  • Global work ethics indicator
  • Social desirability score
  • Mirror graph
  • Personalised comments for each factor

 

VOCATION
VOCATION

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15 Minutes

 15 Minutes

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VOCATION is a career assessment based on the RIASEC model. It measures 12 interest domains and then matches the individual profile with 138 occupations, enabling the individual to pinpoint the most suitable profession that aligns with their personality.

 

KEY FEATURES 

  • Provides a 3-factor combined RIASEC profile
  • Monitors social desirability
  • Matches the candidate’s profile with 138 occupations

Analysis of 12 domains outlined by the RIASEC model:

  • Realistic: Physical and Outdoor Activities, Manual and Technical Interests
  • Investigative: Intellectual Curiosity and Learning, Science and Technology
  • Artistic: Aesthetic Sense and Expression, Creativity and Design
  • Social: Dedication to Others, Personal Relationships
  • Enterprising: Enterprising, Leadership
  • Conventional: Methodical, Data and Numbers

REPORT PRESENTATION

  • Graph showing results on 12 dimensions
  • Personalised comments
  • General and 3-factor combined profiles

VOCATION is a fair and accurate measure of occupational and vocational preferences, and HR practitioners and psychologists can be confident of its diverse application.

Reasoning Test-R
Reasoning Test-R

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35 Minutes

 35 Minutes

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The Reasoning Test-R allows you to assess a candidate’s logical, numerical and verbal reasoning abilities for their intelligence quotient (IQ). It helps to improve the reliability of your hiring decision by comparing candidates on the basis of an objective criteria. The Reasoning Test-R is available as a full version labelled Reasoning Test (Corporate)- 40 miniutes and a shorter version as Reasoning  Test 20 minutes.

KEY FEATURES 

  • Evaluates a candidate’s general intelligence
  • Uses original and varied questions
  • Provides detailed solutions to the questions

The candidate receives an overall calibrated rating and detailed results by factor:

  • Logical Intelligence: The ability to discover an existing relationship between a set of complexities
  • Numerical Intelligence: The ability to comprehend and interpret numerical data with precision
  • Verbal Intelligence: The ability to understand the subtleties of a language in reports, speeches, and writing

REPORT PRESENTATION

  • Scores for IQ, logical intelligence, numerical intelligence, and verbal intelligence
  • General description of the evaluated factors

Recommended for assessing intellectual capacities such as reasoning, abstract thinking, analytical and critical thinking capacities of professionals such as sales persons, entrepreneurs, managers, and other office executives.

Big Five Profile
Big Five Profile

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10 Minutes

 10 Minutes

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The Big Five Profile is based on the Five Factor model, identifies an individual’s dominant personality traits. It does so by measuring five dimensions of personality, all of which have a major impact on behaviour. Since these traits remain relatively stable throughout a person’s lifetime, this assessment is suitable for both adults and adolescents.

KEY FEATURES 

  • Quick to administer
  • Snapshot of an individual’s dominant personality traits
  • Monitors social desirability

Analysis based on the Big Five model:

  • Openness: Conservatism vs. Openness-Imagination
  • Conscientiousness: Intuition vs. Meticulousness
  • Extroversion: Introversion vs. Sociability-Dynamism
  •  Agreeableness: Competitiveness vs. Consciousness of others
  • Neuroticism: Emotional sensitivity vs. Emotional balance
Sales Profile-R
Sales Profile-R

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 Online - desktop / tablet, Online - mobile

20 Minutes

 20 Minutes

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Sales Profile-R identifies the potential, competencies, and motivations needed to succeed in sales. As well as being an indispensable tool for recruitment, Sales Profile-R can also be used for training, internal mobility, and sales force audits.

KEY FEATURES

  • Sales potential score
  • Social desirability indicator
  • Matches the candidate’s profile with 25 sales roles

 Measures 12 behavioural traits grouped under 4 key skills-based dimensions:

  • Client acquisition: Prospecting, approaching clients, combativeness
  •  Business development: Networking, strategic selling, customer satisfaction
  • Negotiation: Understanding needs, pitching, closing deals
  • Selling: Sales acumen, charisma, self-control

Results are matched with 25 sales roles representative of the needs in the area. Sales Profile-R can be used to identify sales potential in non-sales people (engineers, technicians, or others).

The SALES PROFILE-R can be combined with other personality questionnaires such as Central Test’s Professional Profile or the CTPI-R in order to acquire a more precise and comprehensive profile of the individual. For instance, combining the CTPI-R, which assesses work personality and managerial abilities, with the SALES PROFILE-R, can be useful in evaluating a person's potential as a Sales Director.

Also, when combined with other personality tests, the SALES PROFILE-R can corroborate personality dimensions that could indicate an aptitude for sales, such as a high score on the “Persuasiveness” or “Firmness” factors from the Professional Profile.