Pymetrics Games: The Ultimate Guide & Practice for 2023


What Is the Pymetrics Test?

The Pymetrics test is a collection of 12 online games used as pre-employment assessments. Unlike "regular" psychometric tests that use a standard question-and-answer format, Pymetrics is using innocent-looking games. Yet, don't be fooled by their appearance because these games are cleverly designed to observe your every move using an advanced AI algorithm.

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.

In 2022 Harver – the talent acquisition and talent management company – purchased the Pymetrics games. They added these gamified tests to their platform with data-driven recruitment solutions to enhance their innovative Harver Assessments

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, and every one of them will have an effect on your personality profile. Deciding what action to take is not easy, and requires understanding what stands behind each game.

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? and on what basis are candidates being rejected? 

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


Watch a quick overview of the Pymetrics test and all 12 games: 

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Below we will go over samples for ALL 12 Pymetrics Games, what each test measures and what you need to pay attention to. 

Pymetrics Games – the Complete 12 Games List

Below are samples of ALL 12 Pymetrics games, taken from our Pymetrics Games Practice Pack:
  1. Balloon Game 
  2. Arrows Game 
  3. Stop Game 
  4. Tower Game 
  5. Money Exchange #1
  6. Money Exchange #2 
  7. Lengths Game
  8. Cards Game 
  9. Hard or Easy Task Game 
  10. Digits Memory 
  11. Keypress Game 
  12. Faces Game  


Balloon Game

In the Pymetrics Balloon game, your job is to pump balloons. Every pump will earn you money. At any point, you choose you can collect your earned money and move on to the next balloon. If you pump too much, the balloon will explode, and you will lose all money earned from this balloon.


Pymetrics Balloon Game


The challenge:

The trick here is that the balloons come in different colors, and every color behaves differently. During the game, you are expected to analyze the behavior of each color, and quickly recognize its explosion pattern.


💡 The explosion point for each color is not set in stone, and it varies from balloon to balloon. Having said that, each color has its own probability of an explosion.

While playing the game, pay close attention to the colors and make an educated guess as to when each is about to explode. Every explosion is a chance to learn more about the patterns and how to make a better decision in the next balloon.


Major traits being measured:

  • Risk Tolerance
  • Impulsivity
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Decision Making


Pymetrics Game Practice - The Balloon Game

In the Balloon Game, your aim is to gain as much money as possible. Practicing an accurate simulation of the game and receiving feedback will allow you to learn the balloons' explosion patterns more quickly and maximize your gains in the actual game. 

The Pymetrics Balloon game practice is available in our complete Pymetrics Games Practice Pack (in addition to the 11 other Pymetrics games).



Arrows Game

In this Pymetrics game, you will see different sets of flashing arrows. For each set you will have to respond differently, following two rules:

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


Pymetrics Arrows Game


💡 This game consists of 135 rounds and lasts 3 minutes. This is a very long game, and you have to be ready to keep your focus for a long period of time.


Major traits being measured:

  • Learning
  • Attention
  • Adaptivity


Pymetrics Game Practice - Arrows Game

Since this game requires speed and precision, the best way to become skilled at it is by practicing games that accurately mirror the test. The Arrows Practice Game available in our complete Pymetrics Games Practice Pack simulates the exact same format, gets you familiar with the rules, and trains your brain to perceive these arrows faster.



Stop Game

This game has one simple rule – press the spacebar only when a red circle appears on your screen. 

Get a feel of it with this game sample extracted from our complete Pymetrics preparation pack (with triangles instead of circles):

Pymetrics Stop Game

The Challenge: 

What makes this Pymetrics game hard is that both red and green circles quickly flash on your screen, requiring you to respond quickly while also being precise. Under the pressure of a test, it can be quite difficult.  


💡 Pay close attention when you see a sequence of red circles. Once the green circle appears, it will be much harder to inhibit your response. So, when you recognize a sequence, you need to be extra alert for that green circle.


Major traits being measured:

  • Attention



Tower Game

The Pymetrics Tower Game is a form of the well-known Hanoi Towers game. You will have three towers with different colored disks stacked on them, and an example of how the towers should look like.

Your task is to reorganize the disks according to the example, in the least amount of moves possible.

Pymetrics Tower Games

💡 There are two factors recorded in the game – the number of moves you make, and the initial time it takes you to make the first move. Waiting a bit longer before making the first move shows that you can plan ahead and build a strategy- a great trait to emphasize.



Major traits being measured:

  • Planning



Money Exchange Game #1

In the Pymetrics Money Exchange game #1 (there is a second one, more on that in the next section) you are told that you are randomly assigned to work with another "participant".

  • The game starts with you earning 10$.
  • Then, you will have the option to transfer any amount you want to your fellow “participant”. This amount will triple once transferred.
  • Afterward, your partner can decide what amount to give back to you.
  • In the end, you have to rate how fair was your partner in this transaction.


Pymetrics Money Exchange 1 Game


💡 Trust correlates to cooperation – if you tend to trust people around you, then you are more likely to get involved in tasks that require cooperation. Emphasizing trust could tell your employer that you are a good team player.


Major traits being measured:

  • Trust
  • Risk Tolerance


Money Exchange Game #2

The second Pymetrics Money Exchange game might look and feel similar to the first one, but it is actually quite different. These are the main differences:

  • This time both you and your "paired partner" start with 5$, with only one of you recieving an extra 5$.
  • Now, you get the opportunity to transfer to your partner some of your extra earned money and rate the fairness of that transaction.
  • Unlike the first game, here there is a second round, in which only you receive an extra 5$. This time, you will have to decide how much of that, if any, you transfer to your partner OR take from them:


Pymetrics Money Exchange 2 Game


💡 Unlike the first money exchange game, here you have full control over the amount of money you and your partner end up with. Keeping that in mind, you have to be consistent and stand behind your choice when you rank the fairness of the transaction.


Major traits being measured:

  • Altruism


Pymetrics Games Practice- The Money Exchange Game

The Money Exchange Game requires you to find the balance between trust and self-interest and checks how you perceive fairness. The specially-tailored, interactive practice game available in our Pymetrics Games Practice Pack will allow you to go on an infinite set of interactions to find the best method (with tips).



Lengths Game

In each round, you will be presented with a drawing of a face with either a short mouth or a long mouth. You have to determine which is it and react accordingly.

In this game simulation taken from our Complete Pymetrics Pack, the length of the cat's mustache is what is being measured:

Pymetrics Lengths Game

The Challenge: 

This is a very hard game, as the lengths of the short and long mouths are very similar to one another. It is almost impossible to distinguish unless you look at both at once.


💡 In some cases, you will earn money for the correct answer. Don’t be fooled, this does not happen EVERY time you get it right. So, learning from your earnings is only a probability and not a rule.


Major traits being measured:

  • Learning
  • Attention to details
  • Motivation



Cards Game

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


Pymetrics Cards Game

The Challenge: 

When drawing a card, you can either win or lose. Although it seems random at first, as you progress you should start recognizing the underlying pattern to make the most efficient choices and earn as a larger amount of money. 


💡 You are expected to pay attention to the patterns and act accordingly. Make sure you have a strategy for deciding which deck to draw from and avoid clicking on a random deck.


Major traits being measured:

  • Risk tolerance
  • Learning
  • Pattern Recognition



Hard or Easy Task Game

In this game you are faced with two choices – perform an easy task that you will most likely be able to complete, or a hard one that will be harder to complete. For the easy task, you will get less money than you would for the hard task.


Pymetrics Hard or Easy Task Game

The Challenge:

The trick here is that for each round you will have a different probability of earning that money. For example, this means that you can put a lot of effort into the hard task and end up with no money at all.


💡 In case that the winning probability is low AND the reward for the hard task is low, it makes sense to choose the easy task. This decision shows that you are able to think strategically and that you know where to put your effort.


Major traits being measured:

  • Effort
  • Strategic Decision Making
  • Motivation



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.

Pymetrics Keypress Game

So, what’s the trick in this game?

This game is actually all about your ability to understand and follow instructions. You have to start pressing the key ONLY when you are asked to and stop exactly when you are asked to.


💡 Be alert of the “GO!” message, as it will surprise you. Pressing the key too early might send a signal that you are impulsive.

Major traits being measured:

  • Processing Instructions
  • Motor Functioning
  • Impulsivity



Digits Memory Game

In the Pymetrics Digits game, you are asked to memorize as many digits as you can. The digits will flash quickly on your screen, and once finished you will have to recall and type them in the correct order.

In each round, the number of digits will increase by one, which will make it harder and harder to memorize as you progress.

Try out this simulation:

Pymetrics Digits Memory Game


💡 While the digits appear quickly on your screen, try to read them out loud. Your memory performs better when you are active and not passive.


Major traits being measured:

  • Memory



Faces Game

This is quite a different game from the rest, as it does not concern your cognitive abilities, but your emotional abilities.

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

Pymetrics Faces Game


💡 In some cases, the expression seems to describe a certain emotion while the text implies a totally different emotion.

When this happens pay extra attention and choose wisely.


Major traits being measured:

  • Emotional intelligence 

To increase your chances to succeed in the Pymetrics assessment you should first have a good understanding of what to expect in each game, what stands behind it, and which responses yield a better result.  

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Pymetrics FAQ

What Does the Pymetrics Assessment Measure?

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 into 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 the 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 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.

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 based on these games. This means that if you are not well prepared, you will not get the chance to impress in 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, that 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.

Related Assessments

In recent years, game-based assessments such as the Pymetrics Assessment Games have gained popularity as new, engaging, and bias-free methods of pre-employment testing.

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