What are psychometric tests?
So what exactly are psychometric tests? The word psychometric comes from two Greek words, psyche and metric, which when literally translated means ‘measurement of the mind’ (Psy•cho•met•rics (sī′kə-mĕt′rĭks) n.).
In technical terms, psychometrics is an aspect of psychology that looks at the design, administration, and interpretation of quantitative tests so that specific psychological variables such as intelligence, aptitude, motivation and personality can be measured.
Put simply, this means they’re a way of measuring someone’s skills, abilities or personality, according to a defined set of criteria that a company has identified as important when evaluating potential new hires.
The two most common types of psychometric assessment are:
- Ability tests
- Personality questionnaires