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Learning more about psychometric assessments

Psychometric tests are assessment tools or instruments that may be used to measure an individual’s abilities, values, motives and personality traits, i.e. tests are usually components of an assessment process.
Being requested to complete a psychometric assessment may seem like a daunting task. This could also perhaps evoke emotions of anxiety and stress for you, particularly if it is for selection purposes.
In order to assist you to reduce the anxiety and stress around psychometric assessment the information provided here is aimed at guiding you through what to expect and how to respond during the process. Please note: these guidelines do not replace the instructions given for each assessment or test which should be read carefully and thoroughly before starting each assessment.
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WHY ARE PSYCHOMETRIC ASSESSMENTS USED?
Assessments fulfil the following purposes:

• They lend objectivity to observation and measurement.
• They elicit behaviour under relatively controlled, standardized conditions.
• Sample the behaviour individuals are capable of.
• Measure the progress made with regards to set objectives or standards.
• Give insight into aspects of a human being that are not visibly observable.
• Help with the identification of potential regardless of experience or qualifications.
• Predict future behaviour.
• Provide information for feedback and decision making.

The focus of assessments and psychometric testing is on a sample of behaviour considered important within an organization and a specific job or role. It is vital for the organization to use assessments and psychometric tests that are unbiased and fair to all groups. Therefore, organizations also need to ensure that there is evidence that their assessment procedure is job-related and valid for the position in question and is also justified by business necessity.
ASSESSMENTS CAN ASSIST YOU TO
PREPARING FOR THE ASSESSMENT
DURING THE ASSESSMENT
AFTER THE ASSESSMENT

GOOD LUCK AND PLEASE REMEMBER TO READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY.

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