Chartered Industrial Psychologists

Practice Items

Ability Tests

Tests of ability are designed to assess different intellectual abilities such as verbal reasoning and numerical reasoning. Most ability tests are designed to put you under time pressure and you may not be able to finish all or even most of the questions in the time allowed.

The correct answers are given at the end of this guide. Generally, before each test starts, you will be asked to try a few practice questions to ensure you understand what is required of you. These are not marked and are not timed, so take the time to ensure you know what to expect prior to starting the test.

The following example items are adapted from a variety of ability tests.

Example Ability Items
  1. 21
  2. Big
  3. 217 cents or $2.17
  4. (i) T (ii) F (iii) X

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Personality Assessment Example Items

There are many different types of personality questionnaires. Personality questionnaires do not have time limits and do not have right or wrong answers. They may include questions similar to the following examples. In personality questionnaires there are measures that are designed to detect faking or validity of an individual's test responses.

Sample personality items

There are no right or wrong answers to the personality tests; we are looking for patterns and how you answer compared to others on the scales or preferences.