Careers and Employability Centre

Selection tests

Find out what you can expect when you're invited to do a selection test and how you can prepare with our free test resources

Selection tests are used by recruiters to test a candidate's aptitude and personality. Applicants for placements and graduate schemes are often asked to complete tests during the application or interview stages.

Selection tests can include: 

  • ability tests - assessing your numerical and verbal reasoning, spatial awareness and diagrammatical reasoning
  • personality questionnaires - learning more about you and whether you have the personal qualities required
  • situational judgement tests - exploring how you would behave in particular situations that relate to the role

Read our selection tests booklet

Our booklet How to prepare for assessment centres and selection tests offers guidance on how to prepare for and ace selection tests. 

Preparing for selection tests 

Practise doing selection tests to improve your performance and gain experience of working under test conditions. 

Graduates First 

Make use of our subscription to Graduates First where you can practise a range of free aptitude tests:

  • 7 verbal reasoning tests
  • 15 numerical reasoning tests
  • 15 logical reasoning tests
  • 7 IBM IPAT tests
  • A work style personality questionnaire
  • Interview Question Identifier tool
  • 2 Situational judgement tests
  • Watson Glaser test
  • Gamified assessments
  • Assessment centre exercises
  • Video interview practise

Access detailed step-by-step guides to the recruitment stages of over 100 top graduate employers

Register with your university email address. Graduates will need to contact us for access. 

Find more free resources on our further selection tests page. 

Book onto a selection tests workshop