Assessment centres

Employers may use a variety of assessment methods as part of the selection process.

These may include:

  • Application form (usually on-line) or CV
  • Telephone interviews
  • Panel interview
  • Group exercises
  • Presentations
  • Social events
  • Psychometric tests

These aim to gather evidence that you have the abilities and qualities to be successful in the job. Employers will select appropriate methods to review each candidate in order to make an objective assessment.

Top tips

  1. Get a good night’s sleep the evening before the test.
  2. Plan to arrive in good time.
  3. If you usually wear glasses (or hearing aid etc) make sure you take them with you.
  4. Ensure that you know exactly what you are required to do – do not be afraid to ask questions.
  5. Follow the instructions you are given exactly.
  6. Read through the questions and answer choices very carefully.
  7. Eliminate as many wrong answers as possible. For example, with numerical tests, a quick estimate may help you discard several of the options.
  8. Work as quickly and accurately as you can. Both speed and accuracy are important.
  9. Do not waste too much time on difficult questions. If you get stuck on a question, leave it and move on.
  10. If you finish all the questions in the time allowed, check your answers.

Assessment centre videos

Assessment Centre

The videos in the series 'Assessment Centres' will give you a good insight into this type of selection method.

Sign-in using your normal university ID and password.

Psychometric tests online

We provide a range on online tests that Lancaster University students and graduates can use free of charge.

‌You can access:

  • Numerical, verbal, logical reasoning and situational judgment tests and receive a report with your score and details of where you went wrong and how to answer correctly in the future.
  • A range of psychometric tests and obtain your own personal report.
  • An application that will help identify your Type Dynamics Indicator, Learning Styles and Values Based Indicator of Motivation.

These can all be accessed through the Knowledge Bank, sign-in using your normal university ID and password.

NB some of these applications require additional access information, which is provided within the Knowledge Bank.

Practice papers

These are available to download as PDFs download as PDFs and cover a wide range of tests, including:

  • Abstract reasoning
  • Concentration
  • Data checking
  • Diagrammatic reasoning
  • Fault diagnosis
  • Mechanical reasoning
  • Numerical ability
  • Spatial ability
  • Verbal ability

Each paper provides answers on the last page, so you can assess your own score.

Additional information

Target Jobs – Assessment Centres.

Target Jobs – Psychometric Tests.

SHL – Practice Tests online.

Psychometric Institute – free online practice aptitude tests.

NB - If you need financial help getting to interviews, you may be eligible for a Lancaster University Travel Bursary.