Masters degrees in Psychometrics study the techniques and methods for testing psychological differences and individuals’ personality.
Related postgraduate specialisms include Psychological Research Methods and Cognitive Rehabilitation. Entry requirements usually include an undergraduate degree in an appropriate Psychology subject.
Psychometricians are typically responsible for two main areas of research: the construction of instruments for psychological measurement, and the development of procedures for measuring.
You’ll explore the appropriate psychometric techniques for people of a certain age (for example, simplified tests for children), and the characteristic you want to test for. This might include knowledge, abilities, attitudes, personality traits and educational achievement.
Psychometric exams take a variety of forms, including questionnaires and surveys, aptitude tests, verbal and numerical reasoning, and diagrammatic reasoning. These tests attempt to determine how different individuals behave in certain circumstances. As such, psychometric tests pick up on abnormalities and may uncover psychological disorders or impairments.
Psychometric testing is often used by commercial organisations for assessing potential candidates, and is also used by the civil service, armed forces and the police.