Pymetrics Games: The Ultimate Guide & Practice for 2022
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What Is the Pymetrics Assessment?

The Pymetrics test is comprised of 12 online games. Below is a detailed description of each game. Click a game to learn more about it.

  1. Balloon Game - Show your risk-taking and learning traits through pumping a series of "randomly" popping balloons.
  2. Tower Game - Put your planning skills to the test with Pymetrics' version of the famous Hanoi Towers game.
  3. Money Exchange #1 - Your ability to trust others and risk what is yours are assessed in this man vs. AI game.
  4. Money Exchange #2 - Another version of Money Exchange Game #1, with different rules.
  5. Keypress Game - Probably the simplest game in the test. Press a keyboard key and stop when instructed.
  6. Hard or Easy Task Game - Strategy, effort, and motivation are evaluated when you must choose between completing easy or difficult tasks.
  7. Digits Memory - A good, old-fashioned memory test using digits.
  8. Stop Game - Pay attention to the shapes on the screen, and respond quickly and accurately.
  9. Arrows Game - This game pulls your concentration to the maximum with a series of flashing arrows.
  10. Lengths Game - Can you spot the minuscule difference between two very similar lengths?
  11. Cards Game - Amass the maximal amount from a deck of cards with hidden win-and-lose patterns.
  12. Faces Game - Identify emotions conveyed by people's facial expressions.

Pymetrics Games – The Complete 12 Games List

 

Balloon Game

In each round of the Pymetrics Balloon Game, you will need to pump a balloon. Each pump earns you $0.05. At any point, you may collect the earned money and move on to the next round. However, the balloon may explode, losing all this round's earned money.

 

Behind the Scenes of the Balloon Game

The Pymetrics Balloon Game measures:

  • Risk Tolerance
  • Impulsivity
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Decision Making

The balloons operate based on explosion patterns that differ by color. During the game, you are expected to analyze the behavior of each color, and quickly recognize its explosion pattern.

 

Pymetrics Balloon Game

 

Tower Game

The Pymetrics Tower Game is a form of the well-known Hanoi Towers game. Your task is to reorganize three towers according to the example, in the least amount of moves possible.

 

Behind the Scenes of the Tower Game

The Pymetrics Tower Game measures:

  • Planning

Your ability to solve the towers isn't all that matters in this game. Your behavior matters, too. Did you rush into things, or stop to think? For how long? And when?

All these details will be taken to account in your final score.

 

Pymetrics Tower Games

 

Money Exchange Game #1

In the Pymetrics Money Exchange Game #1, you are assigned to work with an AI-based player. The game goes as follows:

  • You have $10.
  • You transfer a sum of your choice to your fellow “participant”. Any amount transferred will be tripled.
  • Your partner gives a certain amount back to you.
  • You are asked to rate how fair was your partner in this transaction.

 

Behind the Scenes of the Money Exchange Game #1

The Pymetrics Money Exchange Game #1 measures:

  • Trust
  • Risk Tolerance

The aim of the game is not to keep the largest amount to yourself, but to show you can balance risk and trust.

 

Pymetrics Money Exchange Game

 

Money Exchange Game #2

The Pymetrics Money Exchange Game #2 is also based on fictional transactions with an AI-based player, but with different rules:

  • Both you and your partner start with $5.
  • Only one of you will receive an extra $5.
  • You may give your partner some of your extra earned money and rate the fairness of that transaction.
  • You play a second round with a different player.
  • This time, only you get the extra $5.
  • You choose a sum to give your partner OR take from them and rate the fairness of that transaction.

 

Behind the Scenes of Money Exchange Game #2

Money Exchange Game #2 measures:

  • Altruism

Similar to Money Exchange Game #1, here the aim is also not to leave the game with the highest sum, but to balance altruism and self-interest.

In addition, people tend to overlook the fairness ranking step, but it is as an integral part of the game as the transaction itself.

 

Pymetrics Money Exchange 2 Game

 

Keypress Game

The Pymetrics Keypress game is really simple. Almost TOO simple. All you have to do here is press a key on your keyboard as many times as you can in a given time. That’s it.

 

Behind the Scenes of the Keypress Game

The Keypress Game measures:

  • Pressing Speed
  • Processing

Your pressing speed actually indicates your motor functioning and lateralized coordination.

Similarly, your processing speed (how long did it take you to start, stop, etc.) is also an important cognitive skill.

The Keypress Game has exact, numerical standards you must accomplish to pass.

 

Pymetrics Keypress Game

 

Hard or Easy Task Game

In each round of the Hard or Easy Task Game you choose one of two tasks:

  • An easy task with a low reward
  • A hard task with a higher reward

Each round will have a different probability (%) to claim the reward in case of success (applies for both tasks).

 

Behind the Scenes of the Easy or Hard Task Game

The Easy or Hard Task Game measures:

  • Effort
  • Strategic Decision Making
  • Motivation

The aim of the game is to balance effort and strategy.

The effort comes into play in your choice of the tasks and the ability to complete them.

The strategy comes into play in taking success probabilities into account and choosing the tasks accordingly.

 

Pymetrics Hard or Easy Task Game

 

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Digits Memory Game

In the Pymetrics Digits Game, digits will flash quickly on your screen, and you will have to type them in the correct order. The number of digits will increase or decrease in each round, based on your performance.

 

Behind the Scenes of the Digits Game

The Digits Game measures:

  • Memory

The Digits Game is an adaptive memory test - if you recall the sequence correctly, it will become harder. If not, it will become easier.

There is a maximal number of digits that can appear on this game, so once you've mastered memorizing a digit string of that length, you have basically mastered the game.

 

Pymetrics Digits Memory Game

 

Stop Game

This game has one simple rule – press the spacebar only when a given shape (e.g. a red circle) appears. You should do nothing when other shapes appear.

 

Behind the Scenes of the Stop Game

The Stop Game measures:

  • Attention

The Stop Game has two possible errors that will lose you points - a "miss" and a "false alarm".

Each candidate has his or her strengths and weaknesses, so most will be prone to a certain type of error. Practicing in advance will allow you to focus on that type and improve it.

 

Pymetrics Stop Game

 

Arrows Game

In the Pymetrics Arrows game, you will see different sets of flashing arrows. Respond according to those rules:

  • If the arrows are blue or black, indicate the direction of the middle arrow.
  • If the arrows are red, indicate the direction of the side arrows.

This process repeats itself more than 100 times in 3 minutes.

 

Behind the Scenes of the Arrows Game

The Arrows Game measures:

  • Learning
  • Attention
  • Adaptivity

The game randomly selects between three types of stimuli - congruent, incongruent, and neutral. To succeed in the test, you must be accustomed to all three types (and to switch between them) - something that can be achieved effectively only by practice.

 

Pymetrics Arrows Game

 

Lengths Game

In each round, you are shown one of two very similar images, different by only one element being slightly longer or shorter. You should respond quickly and accurately based on the presented image.

 

Behind the Scenes of the Lengths Game

The Lengths Game measures:

  • Learning
  • Attention to details
  • Motivation

Your ability to pay attention to the slight variations of the images is assessed in this test, as well as your ability to learn from past experiences and adapt.

 

Pymetrics Lengths Game

  

Cards Game

In this game, you will have to draw cards out of four decks. For each draw, you will either earn or lose money. Your goal is to reach the end of the game with as much money as possible.

 

Behind the Scenes of the Cards Game

The Cards Game measures:

  • Risk tolerance
  • Learning
  • Pattern Recognition

The patterns in this game are not related to either probabilities or rules as in other games, but to risk. Some decks may be riskier (high profit, high loss), and some safer (low profit, low loss).

By practicing the cards game in advance, you can learn how to spot that riskiness earlier and better, so to gradually improve your eventual gains.

 

Pymetrics Cards Game

 

Faces Game

The Pymetrics Faces Game assesses your emotional abilities.

You will be shown faces with different expressions. Some of the faces are accompanied by a short text describing a situation. Your job is to determine what the person in the picture is feeling.

 

Behind the Scenes of the Faces Game

The Faces Game measures:

  • Emotional intelligence

One of the trickiest aspects of the game is to balance context and visual cues in your interpretation of the depicted emotions.

Sometimes, contradicting messages will appear in the face and in the text, and you should know how to choose an emotion that will apply to both descriptions.

 

Pymetrics Faces Game

 

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What Does the Pymetrics Assessment Measure?

Pymetrics is looking at your behavior to measure your personality. It uses neuroscience games, based on well-known psychological experiments, to determine where you stand on a very wide range of traits – attention, risk tolerance, decision making, and many more.

Analyzing 91 traits, the Pymetrics algorithm assembles your personality profile. It is supposedly a bias-free system to assess candidates. Your behavior is what is being looked at, regardless of your background, gender, race, or what school you went to.

The measured personality, cognitive and behavioral traits, all fall in these 9 categories, as described in the Pymetrics assessment official page:

  • Attention
  • Decision Making
  • Effort
  • Emotion
  • Fairness
  • Focus
  • Generosity
  • Learning
  • Risk Tolerance

But what happens once your profile is done? How will your employer know if you are the right fit for the job?


How Does Pymetrics Test Work and How is it Scored?

Pymetrics Assessment is NOT being scored numerically like you’ve been accustomed to. Every employer that uses Pymetrics will first let their top-performing employees in each position play the same 12 games. Using their performance, a benchmark is being set for each position. A kind of fingerprint of the dream employee. This fingerprint is now set as the “right” score.

The logic behind this strategy is clear. A good salesperson has a totally different personality than a software engineer. In sales, you need to be outgoing, with good emotional intelligence, whereas in software maybe it’s best to be focused, with high attention to detail and low-risk tolerance.

Every candidate’s personality profile is being compared to the benchmark profile of the specific position they apply for. The employer will get a full report for each candidate, with a recommendation as to the candidate’s compatibility with the position.


Are Pymetrics Games Hard?

The Pymetrics games are easy to operate, as they are simple games with simple instructions. The hard part is understanding how to behave in each game. You will face numerous decisions, every one of them will have an effect on your personality profile. Deciding what action to take is a difficult task, that requires you to understand what stands behind each game.

And even if you do know what the psychological logic behind each game is, how can you be sure what your employer is looking for exactly? How are candidates being rejected? On what basis?

This is not only hard but extremely frustrating. The first step is to know the games and what each game measures.


How Important are the Pymetrics Games?

The Pymetrics games are VERY important. People tend to underestimate them – it’s only a game, what’s the worst that could happen? Little do they know that companies reject a huge part of candidates solely on the basis of these games. This means that if you are not well prepared, you will not get the chance to impress on an interview.


Can You Redo Pymetrics?

You can only play the Pymetrics games once every 330 days – practically once a year. And more importantly, your scores are eligible for ALL companies you apply for. This shows how seriously you have to take these games. You only have one chance to get it right.


How Do You Do a Pymetrics Test?

The Pymetrics games are played online. You will get an email from your employer with a link to a sign-up page. After creating a user, you have to go to the Pymetrics login page, log in to the platform and start playing the games. After completing the games, your employer will get a detailed report including a recommendation.


What Companies Use Pymetrics?

The biggest companies using Pymetrics are JP Morgan, Unilever, Mastercard, BCG, Accenture, and Blackstone.

The biggest use of Pymetrics is in the financial and consulting industries, where the competition is fierce. But we do see that more and more companies choose this as a solution to screen a large number of candidates efficiently.

Major Companies Using Pymetrics

JP Morgan ChaseThe biggest bank in the US, and 4th largest bank in the world. It is considered one of the top three banks to work for, and therefore one of the hardest firms to get into. It is based in New York, but employs around 250,000 employees worldwide, with a major base in London. It is also one of the only companies that use Pymetrics for all positions.
For more information please visit our dedicated Pymetrics JP Morgan page.

BCG - One of the big three consulting firms in the world. It is based in the US, but has more than 90 offices worldwide, with 22,000 employees. However, Pymetrics is used mostly in the US locations. For more information please visit our dedicated Pymetrics BCG page.

Bain & Co - Another member of the big three consulting firms. It is famous for its great work culture and has been ranked the #1 place to work for a few years in a row. It is based in the US, and employs around 10,000 employees worldwide.

AstraZeneca - A major pharmaceutical company, that among other things was in the public eye for developing a COVID-19 vaccine. It is a British-Swedish company based in England that employs around 75,000 employees worldwide. The use of Pymetrics is mainly for the graduate program and includes additional tests. For more information please visit our dedicated Pymetrics AstraZeneca page.

UPS - The United Parcel Service is the largest courier company in the world. It is based in the US, but employs almost 500,000 employees worldwide, with package handlers being the most popular position. As such, Pymetrics is primarily used to screen candidates for that position in the US. For more information please visit our dedicated UPS Pymetrics page.

Unilever - A British multinational consumer goods company, owns more than 400 brands and sells products in over 190 countries. The range of products is starched from foods and vitamins to beauty products and self-care. Pymetrics is used mainly to screen candidates for Asia locations.

JLL - A global commercial real estate company, considered to be one of the big three in that field. It is based in the UK but holds offices in over 80 countries. Pymetrics is used mainly for UK-based positions. For more information please visit our dedicated JLL Pymetrics page.

Blackstone - One of the more lucrative alternative investment firms out there. Many candidates prefer to go to a boutique firm like this one rather than get lost inside one of the big investment banks. In the alternative investment field, this is one of the better options.

Fidelity Investments - Another investment firm that is not one of the big banks. However, the Boston-based firm is still quite large with around 40,000 employees worldwide.

Accenture - This Irish consulting firm is one of the biggest and most important professional services companies in the world. It handles some of the biggest clients out there, and to do so it employs about 500,000 employees worldwide.

PwC - The second largest professional services company in the world, and a member of the lucrative "Big Four" accounting firms. It is extremely hard to be one of the 250,000 employees in this firm, and Pymetrics is used mainly to screen candidates for the Singapore locations.

Mastercard - One of the largest and most well-known financial services companies in the world. It is based in New York and employs around 20,000 employees worldwide.

Kraft Heinz - The 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. It is based in the US and employs almost 40,000 employees worldwide.

Rio Tinto - This Anglo-Australian company is the 2nd largest metals and mining corporation in the world. It is based in London and employs around 45,000 employees worldwide.

McDonald's - This very well-known American fast-food company has almost 40,000 restaurants in more than 119 countries. It is the world's 2nd largest employer with more than 1.9 million employees. Pymetrics is used to screen candidates for selected positions in certain locations.

Hyatt - An American hospitality company operating 1,175 hotels worldwide. It employs around 130,000 employees to operate a large number of hotels and resorts.

Diageo - The second largest beverage alcohol in the world. It is based in London but operates in more than 180 countries. It is also the largest producer of Scotch whisky in the world and employs around 30,000 employees worldwide.


Is Pymetrics Accurate?

The Pymetrics games are based on verified psychological experiments. They have been tested again and again, and the more they are played, the more accurate the algorithm gets. Be aware, the report you get after playing the games is NOT the same as the one your employer gets. Your employer has quite an accurate concept of your personality.


How Long is Pymetrics?

Around 25 minutes.


The Pymetrics test includes 12 games, each one takes around 2-3 minutes to complete. You can choose to take breaks between games, but if you choose not to – it takes about 25 minutes to complete.


How Do I Prepare for a Pymetrics Test?

  1. Understand each and every game, what stands behind it and what it measures.
  2. Research your employer and try to understand what qualities they are looking for in their employees, for your specific position.
  3. Make sure all your keyboard keys are working properly, especially the Spacebar.

 

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