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The Pymetrics Game Assessment

The Pymetrics Game Assessment

Updated July 14, 2022

By Nikki Dale
Nikki Dale

What Is a Pymetrics Game Assessment?

Pymetrics was founded in 2013 by two Harvard and MIT-trained PhDs as a recruitment tool using behavioral science and audited AI technology.

This gamified pre-employment screening exam provides an immersive and exciting approach for employers to analyze a candidate's personality characteristics and potential while offering an easy-to-use and enjoyable evaluation.

The structure and interface of the pymetrics assessment make it more like one of the brain-training apps that you might have played in the past, collecting data points as games are played so candidates do not feel like they are being tested while playing.

Each pymetrics game is adapted to the needs of each organization by developing a norm group based on the most outstanding performers in the presently employed job, using a bespoke algorithm built particularly for scalable screening games.

Therefore, when you play the games, your results will be compared against the attributes of successful people already in the role.

Several well-known companies have their own bespoke pymetrics assessments, such as:

  • BCG (Boston Consulting Group)
  • Swarovski
  • ANZ
  • PwC
  • McDonalds
  • Coca-Cola
  • KraftHeinz
  • Cisco
  • Kantar
  • ColgatePalmolive

What to Expect in a Pymetrics Game?

When you are invited to participate in a pymetrics game, you will be sent a unique link.

The assessment can be taken on a computer or a smartphone. It is structured to be played one game at a time, immediately following each other.

There are 12 games in the original pymetrics assessment.

Still, four extra games can be used to assess Quantitative Reasoning and Numerical Agility.

This assessment is timed, with only a couple of minutes allowed for each game. The total time taken, therefore, is 25 to 35 minutes.

Pymetrics states that there are no right or wrong answers and that this assessment aims not to pigeonhole candidates into winners or losers.

However, the way you play the games, the hesitations, choices, speed and concentration used will align your performance with the norm group for that employer.

While you are playing the game, the AI collects thousands of behavioral data points of approximately up to 90 traits.

This is to create an individual report for comparison against the ideal characteristics of successful employees.

This report is known as a Trait Report and provides detailed feedback about performance in each assessed trait.

This includes a definition of each trait or characteristic and an explanation of how your test performance relates to the trait.

There is also a short discussion about how your characteristic relates to the workplace and some ideas on improving or what to look out for.

This personalized report is one of the most valued parts of the assessment for candidates, giving such detailed feedback.

According to pymetrics, it can redirect applicants to other roles in the organization that might be more suitable or even to different roles in the pymetrics network.

What Does a Pymetrics Test Assess?

Throughout the games, different traits are being assessed.

Some games focus on one trait, while others will test several simultaneously, so the ethically-built AI can collect thousands of data points in just a short period.

Traits assessed include:

  • Attention
  • Effort
  • Fairness
  • Decision-making
  • Emotion
  • Focus
  • Generosity
  • Learning
  • Risk tolerance
  • Quantitative reasoning
  • Numerical agility

The 12 Core Games

The following is a short description of each of the games on the pymetrics core assessment, which most applicants take.

The Balloon Game

This is possibly the most well-known of the pymetrics battery.

You will be asked to push a button to pump a balloon: the bigger it gets, the more rewards you will get.

However, the balloon will pop if you pump too much, meaning you will lose all the rewards.

The balloons are in different colors, each with varying rules about when they will explode.

Traits assessed:

  • Risk tolerance
  • Decision making

Keypress Game

This is a straightforward game: press a key as many times as possible in the given timeframe.

You need to start and immediately stop when told.

Traits assessed:

  • Emotion
  • Attention
  • Focus

Digits Memory Game

A series of digits will flash on the screen, and you will need to memorize the order they appear and input them on the next screen.

Traits assessed:

  • Attention
  • Learning

Arrows Game

Different sets of flashing arrows will appear on the screen, and you need to respond according to the color.

If they are one color, you need to indicate the direction of the middle arrow.

If they are another color, you need to enter the direction of the side arrows.

Traits assessed:

  • Learning
  • Attention

Lengths Game

In this game, you will be presented with a series of images of a face.

This face will have a longer or shorter mouth in each round, and you have to decide which.

The difference between the two lengths is minimal.

Traits assessed:

  • Learning
  • Attention
  • Effort
  • Focus
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Cards Game

Draw cards out of four decks. You could win money or lose money for each draw to reach the end with the most money possible.

This appears random, to begin with, but there is a pattern there.

Traits assessed:

  • Decision-making
  • Learning

Tower Game

This game is similar to what you will have probably played in a brain-training app on your smartphone.

You will have three towers of colored discs and a 'target tower' to show you how they should look.

You need to recreate the target in the fewest moves possible.

Traits assessed:

  • Decision making

Money Exchange Game #1

You have $10 and the option to transfer some or all of it to your partner.

Once you have done that, your partner can decide how much to transfer back, and you need to rate how fair your partner was.

Traits assessed:

  • Risk tolerance
  • Fairness

Money Exchange Game #2

Both you and your partner get $5, and one of you will get an extra $5.

You can decide whether to share that additional money with your partner.

In the second part, only you get the extra $5, and you can decide whether to share it with your partner or take his money instead.

Then you will be asked to rate the fairness of the transaction.

Traits assessed:

  • Generosity
  • Fairness
  • Decision making

Hard or Easy Task Guide

Choose between an easy task for less money or a challenging task for more money.

There is a different probability of winning for each round.

Traits assessed:

  • Decision making
  • Risk tolerance
  • Effort

Stop Game

A series of circles will flash on the screen, and you will need to press a button when a particular color flashes on the screen.

Other color circles will flash seemingly randomly throughout.

Traits assessed:

  • Attention
  • Focus

Faces Game

You will be presented with an image of a facial expression, sometimes accompanied by a brief passage of text to explain a scenario.

You will need to decide what emotion that person is feeling.

Traits assessed:

  • Emotion

How to Prepare for the Test

Step 1. Practice

As the pymetrics assessments are similar to apps that you might have played before, you can get valuable practice by playing brain training games on your smartphone.

The games are designed to be simple to understand and play with no previous knowledge.

The best way to prepare yourself for your pymetrics test is to regularly play quick and simple games with different tasks in each one.

There are test prep packs for the pymetrics assessments available online to give you a flavor of what to expect in the actual test.

Step 2. Research the Role

In the job description for most roles, you can learn a lot about the type of candidate that the position requires.

This can help you make an educated guess about the traits the company is looking for.

Their website and marketing materials frequently provide further information about the types of people they are searching for.

Suppose you are applying for a tech start-up. In that case, they might value adaptability and risk-taking.

In contrast, if you are going for a role at a traditional financial firm, they might be more interested in logical decision-making and attention to detail.

Use this information to adapt your professional profile and use this while you are completing the assessment.

Step 3. Be Focused

You cannot pause a game when it has started, so it is essential that you are in the right mindset and physical place before you get started.

You will need to be focused and ready for the test; therefore, it might be a good idea to complete it in the morning when you are most mentally awake.

Turn off notifications, make sure your internet connection is stable and secure, and find a quiet place to complete where you will not be disturbed.

Step 4. Read the Instructions

These games are fast and frenetic; therefore, make sure that you read the instructions carefully.

Each game will have different controls and different ways to complete, and if you have not read the instructions, you might not press the right button or understand what you need to do.

The games are not challenging to learn if you understand what is required of you; however, there is not much time to play with only a few minutes every game.

Step 5. Play Authentically

Although you might be keeping the characteristics of the ideal candidate in your mind, the only way that you can play is as yourself.

Don’t try and beat the assessment – as although there might be some obvious traits that are being assessed in each game, the AI is collecting data points in the thousands to create your report – so any attempt to cheat the game could negatively affect the outcome.

Remember that the pymetrics assessment aims to find your perfect fit. If it is not the role you have applied for, you are likely to be better in another position in the organization or elsewhere.

Frequently Asked Questions

A Pymetrics test is a type of pre-employment screening tool. With its gamified design, a Pymetrics test provides a fun, exciting and immersive environment for employers to learn more about a candidate’s personality and future work potential.

Similar to popular brain-training apps and games, candidates collect data points from each game. Pymetrics test games can be adjusted to meet the requirements of the recruiting organization. Each test is slightly different, so it is important to read the instructions carefully before beginning each task.

Although there are no right and wrong answers, your score will need to be above a certain threshold to pass a Pymetrics test.

This threshold will depend on the job role you have applied for, as each game is bespoke to the requirements of the hiring organization.

To calculate the benchmark, the organization will ask high-performing employees already working for them to play the Pymetrics test games. The organization will use the results to work out an average score across the different personality traits. This will be used to set the threshold.

To stand the best chance of being employed in a role that you are suitable for, you should play the games as honestly as you can. If you score over the threshold, you are likely to be a good match for the job and team.

Yes, you can practice for Pymetrics. One of the easiest ways to practice for Pymetrics is by using brain training apps and games on your smartphone or mobile device.

Brain training games are easy to use and you can play them without having any previous knowledge.

It is a good idea to play a wide range of different brain training games. Another way to practice for Pymetrics is by using an online Games Guide.

The original Pymetrics assessment includes 12 different games; however, some employers use four additional Pymetrics games to assess numerical agility and quantitative reasoning.

The standard 12 games in Pymetrics are the balloon game, keypress game, digits memory game, arrows game, lengths game, cards game, tower game, money exchange game 1, money exchange game 2, hard or easy task guide, stop game and faces game.

To do well in pymetrics games, it is important to resist the urge to try to ‘beat the assessment’.

Instead, you should always play the games honestly and authentically. This will ensure an accurate result and a good indication of whether you would be suitable for the job role applied for.

Remember to research the job role you have applied for and think about the personality traits the employer is likely to be looking for.

In the days leading up to the test, spend time using brain training apps and practice pymetrics assessments. Take the test at a time of day when you feel most mentally awake, remove any unnecessary distractions and work in a quiet space where you will not be disturbed.

If you have been asked to take a Pymetrics assessment, you must prepare for the assessment.

Ensure that you have a good understanding of the job role you have applied for, including the personality traits that the employer will be looking for. Spend time playing different types of brain training games and completing practice Pymetrics assessments. This will help you to become familiar with the format of the assessments and improve your time management.

Final Thoughts

For candidates, pymetrics assessments are a fun, immersive and more exciting way to be assessed.

The simple interface and gamified psychometric tests are simple for companies to apply at scale.

With the short time needed for assessment and the different way of being assessed, most applicants will enjoy the challenge and have a much better satisfaction rate.

The tailored tests for employers using pymetrics look at a job seeker's real potential using objective behavioral data rather than scrutinizing resumes or inaccurate self-testing.

There is no unconscious prejudice in an AI system created with the most significant ethical design standards.

Instead, each candidate's potential is assessed independently of education, background, ethnicity, gender or any other factor, resulting in a more diverse workforce consisting of the best workers.

The pymetrics gamified tests are part of a new generation of psychometric testing that provides applicants with a higher level of satisfaction and companies with a higher return on investment.

That is why so many multinational corporations use them as part of their hiring procedure.