Introduction: Law Psychometric Tests
Law psychometric tests have become increasingly common over the past few years in a variety of different sectors. Whether you’re applying for a training contract or a job in another industry, it is possible that you will be asked to sit some sort of test as part of the recruitment process.
Psychometric testing has a long and illustrious history with influences from Charles Darwin and other famous thinkers. So, what is it and how do you successfully navigate the tests to get the job that you want?
What is Psychometric Testing?
The field of psychometrics is all about psychological measurement – the tests aim to objectively measure skills (aptitude and ability) or an individual’s personality. There are a wide variety of different tests available for prospective employers to use but commonly, applicants will be asked to complete one or more of the following:
- Verbal reasoning test – typically, a short passage is given to the applicant and they are then asked to answer: ‘true’, ‘false’ or ‘cannot say’. This is designed to assess how well you understand and follow information.
- Non-verbal reasoning test – a series of pictures or diagrams (for example, patterns and shapes) will be presented and you will be tested on your ability to understand visual information.
- Numerical test – statistics, data or graphs are given and applicants are asked a series of questions to test their ability to interpret the information provided. These are less common in law and feature more in accountancy and banking recruitment.
- Critical thinking test – a big favourite of major City law firms. This tests an applicant’s ability to logically consider information that has been presented. Applicants will be tested on their ability to make logical connections and draw conclusions. A common one is the Watson Glaser test.
How Do I Pass?
As with most things in life, practising will help to improve your performance. The thought of having to sit a law psychometric test can be a daunting prospect for many applicants but the good news is that there are lots of free resources available so that you can practise before you have to sit the real thing.
You should also try to get as much information as possible from the prospective employer about the test, for example, how long the test will be.
Start preparing for your psychometric test as soon as you find out you have been invited to complete one and the most important thing is: don’t panic!
Where Can I Practise?
Your university might have some resources but there are also lots of free resources available on the internet in order to prepare for law psychometric tests: