For many of us, psychometric tests are something we first encounter in the employment search.  While psychometric tests are useful for assessing job candidates as they give employers a greater all-round view of the candidates including strengths, and weaknesses and even identify further progression potential there is more to them. You can use psychometric tests to get to know yourself better along with the same and other metrics. We put together a list of 12 psychometric tests you can use to learn more about yourself.

Myers-Briggs (16 personalities)

The Myers-Briggs or 16 personality types measure your conformance along four metrics to come up with a personality type. The Myers-Briggs test can be used to look at career fit, cultural fit and general approach to many elements of life. You can take the Myers Briggs Test for free here.


The DISC test is best used in determining cultural fit or the role that people naturally occupy in a group. The test asks a range of questions to determine whether you fit into the Dominant, Influencing, Steadiness or Conscientious category and how that impacts the way you work and even play with others.

Emotional Intelligence

Over the years aptitude, as measured by the IQ Test, has given some way to emotional intelligence measured by the EQ test. The EQ test measures one’s ability to empathise with others, a key indicator of how one will engage with others in a work team or social setting.

Career assessments

Based on the Holland Code personality type, the career assessment test approximates careers and work environments that are suitable for you. The test is widely used in career guidance and can be used just as well on a personal level. The 123 career test is an example of such a test and you can take it for free here.

IPR skills test

The IPR skills test is focused on evaluating the taker’s ability at interpersonal communication. It looks at 5 key metrics that determine one’s ability to communicate well with others in work teams, groups, friends and family groups. Try out the IPR skills test for yourself here.


If your living conditions are a result of your decisions and your personality influences your decisions then understanding your personality can help you to understand and relate to yourself and the world around you much better. The Enneagram puts candidates into 9 personality types and helps you understand why you behave the way you behave. Try it out here.

7 different types of rest

It’s not all work with psychometric tests, The 7 types of rest tests help you determine which area you are most exhausted in. The 7 types of rest are physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, social, sensory and creative. Identifying the area you are exhausted in and the type of rest you need helps you plan accordingly.


We’ve used the word personality a lot so far. The HEXACO PI-R test is used to quantify the personality of the test taker in 6 metrics. After a quiz that has 100 statements you will have to choose how strongly you agree or disagree with them, you will be given a score based on Honesty and humility, Emotionality, Extraversion, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness and Openness to experiences. Give it a try here.

Mensa IQ test

The Mensa  Intelligence Quotient test is an adaptation of the original IQ test. While it still tests for the same thing, aptitude in certain areas, it has been adapted and backed by Mensa a 140 000 strong membership group of intellectual minds. Take the Mensa IQ test here to see if you qualify for membership.

Test colour

Not as crucial as the other tests mentioned here the colour test is still important. For example, a career in graphic design may not suit you well if you fail the colour test which measures your ability to distinguish between colours. Give it a try here.

Gallup Strengths Finder

The Clifton Strengths (Finder) assessment takes you through 177 paired statements asking you to choose which you relate to more. Thereafter you get a result that is categorised into the 34 themes to explain your natural patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving. You will have to part with money to get the full test results but if you’re willing you can do it here

VIA character test

The VIA character test uses a 15 minute assessment to help you discover your greatest strengths. Knowing these can help you improve well-being, find purpose, manage stress and better accomplish goals.