What Is A Pymetrics Test?
Pymetric tests are created by the company Pymetrics and consist of a range of 12 games that assess cognitive, behavioral, and social attributes by using AI. By using games, assessments are less stressful and more enjoyable, letting the candidates relax and perform better. Each game assesses a range of different skills such as memory, impulsivity, and risk-taking.
The games have simple instructions and are often easy to follow. The difficult part is understanding which behaviors are required for the individual game. In all of the games, there will be different decision-making opportunities.
The Structure Of Pymetrics Tests
The pymetrics test contains the 12 different games played one after another.
The games analyze 91 different traits, but all of them fit into one of the nine following categories: attention, decision-making, effort, emotion, fairness, focus, generosity, learning, or risk tolerance.
Each game lasts for 2-3 minutes, making the duration of the assessment around 25 minutes. It is possible to take breaks between the games which will extend the length of the assessment, however, this is optional.
Easy or Hard Game
The Easy or Hard game assesses effort, decision-making, and motivation. You are given an option between performing an easy or a difficult task. If you choose the easy task and complete it you will receive a small financial reward, however, if you choose the harder option you will receive a larger financial reward.
If you get either task wrong, you will not receive any money. This means choosing the harder task may result in significantly more effort, with no reward.
The keypress game assesses how you follow instructions as well as your impulsivity. In this game, you will need to press one key on your keyboard as many times as possible within a time limit. The start will flash up on the screen instructing you to start pressing the chosen button, when the stop is shown you must stop. This may be difficult as there is a chance of pressing the button after the stop is shown, however, there is a small countdown on the screen for guidance.
Money Exchange 1
The first money exchange game assesses risk-taking and trust. In this game, you start with $10 and you are assigned to work with a partner. You then have the option to transfer some of your money to your partner. Afterward, they will transfer you an amount of money. After both transactions, you decide how fair your partner has been.
Money Exchange 2
The first money exchange game assesses altruism. It is very similar to the first money exchange game, with slightly different rules. In the same way as the first one, you are assigned a partner. Both of you start with $5 but one of you will receive an additional $5. Once again, you have the opportunity to transfer some of your money to your partner, then rate the fairness. Unlike the first game, you then play a second round where you have $10 and your partner only has $5 and repeat the initial game.
The cards game assesses risk tolerance, learning, and pattern recognition. You start by drawing cards out of four decks and depending on the card you draw you either win or lose money. The game aims to win as much money as possible. Throughout these games, patterns appear and you must spot them, helping your decisions to become more logical instead of random.
The arrows game assesses learning, attention, and adaptivity. In this game, you will see a set of flashing arrows. Each time they flash the color will change and depending on the color you have to respond in a specific way. If the arrows are blue or black, you name the direction of the central arrow. If the arrows are red you name the directions of the arrows on the side. This is one of the longer games lasting for 3 minutes and within that time there will be 135 rounds. Focus is a key part of this game.
The facial expressions game assesses emotional intelligence. In this game, you will have a picture of a face alongside a short description of a situation. By reading the situation and looking at the face, you must decide how the person is feeling. This is a different format from the rest of the games and requires a lot of additional attention. The facial expressions may not line up with the situation as obviously as you’d expect, so it is important to read the situation carefully.
The balloon game assesses risk-taking, impulsivity, pattern recognition, and decision-making. You have to pump balloons up for money. Each time you add one pump to the balloon you earn additional money, however, if the balloon explodes, you lose the money. The balloons come in a variety of colors which is often the base of the patterns. It is essential to identify the patterns as quickly as possible and make educated guesses from the patterns you notice.
The towers game assesses planning ability. It is a similar version of the Hanoi tower game, where you can move one block at a time to rearrange the towers. You are given a picture of what the tower should look like at the end and have 2 minutes to create it in the least amount of moves. Two factors are recorded in this game, the number of moves you make as well as how long before making your first move. Take your time to build a strategy.
The digits game assesses memory. Digits appear on the screen for a short amount of time for you to remember. After you have been shown them all you must recall them in the order they were shown. In each round, the amount of numbers increases by 1. Even though the digits will only be on the screen for a short amount of time, you have a higher chance of remembering them if you say them out loud.
The stop 1 game assesses attention. Red and green circles will flash quickly on the screen and when you see a red circle you must press the space button. This game requires a lot of attention and speed as the circles will change quickly. There will be sequences throughout the game to identify, making it easier to predict when the red circle will appear.
The length game assesses learning, attention to detail, and motivation. In this game, you will see one of two pictures. You will either see a face with a short mouth or a long mouth. Other than this difference, the pictures will be identical. This is a difficult game as the length of the mouth is very similar, making it difficult to identify unless looking at the two pictures side by side. You must react accordingly depending on which picture is presented, pressing a different letter on your keyboard for each one.
Tips To Pass The Pymetrics Tests
1: Look for recurring patterns
A lot of the games are built around patterns. If you can identify the patterns early you have a higher chance of doing well. Focus on colors, shapes, and sequences. Once you have identified recurring patterns this will help you understand when different items may appear and when you have to respond accordingly.
2: Stay calm
The games are designed to be a more enjoyable form of assessment, reducing stress levels. Even though this is true, the majority of the games are quick-paced and require fast responses. This can often increase stress which would impact your results. Take deep breaths before and during each game.
3: Stay focused
Each game only lasts a few minutes, often with multiple things happening. Remove any distractions from around you and focus on the screen. It is also important you have a strong internet connection for the game as this could impact your assessment.
Use the online practice games to prepare for the real thing. Each game assesses a variety of skills that may not be something you’re familiar with. Preparing by completing examples of the game will ensure you have the best chance.
5: Understand the games
Each of the 12 games focuses on different skills and understanding what they are looking for offers you the best chance to succeed. It is also important to understand the role you are applying for and how each game fits into those requirements.