Who are Pymetrics?

  • Pymetrics are a company that specialise in developing gamified assessments for recruitment purposes. Their game-based assessments and their findings are backed by neuroscience and data science and are excellent tools for employers to select the best candidates.
  • Dozens of large employers use Pymetrics game assessments to hire.
  • Pymetrics games offer a number of benefits for the employers and the candidates and are scientifically robust.
  • Pymetrics now offer 10+ game-based assessments which can be bundled as per employer’s request depending on the role.
  • The games can be practiced to get familiar with their environment and measurement criteria.

The text below will give you a detailed view of:

– who Pymetrics are

– which employers use their game assessments

– what games Pymetrics offer and what they measure

– how to practice Pymetrics games to succeed in employer assessments

Buckle up! Let’s start!


  1. Who are Pymetrics
  2. Who uses Pymetrics game assessments
  3. Why employers use Pymetrics’ gamified-assessments to hire?
  4. What are gamified-assessments developed by Pymetrics? What is Pymetrics Test?
  5. How to pass Pymetrics game-based assessments?
  6. How do Pymetrics work? Science behind Pymetrics game assessments
  7. How to prepare for Pymetrics Game-Based Assessments?

Who uses Pymetrics game assessments to hire?

Dozens of companies worldwide use Pymetrics game to assess candidates in the recruitment process. Usually this is one of the first steps of the assessment that either replaces or compliments the traditional psychometric testing stage.

Some examples of companies that Pymetrics have provided gamified assessments for include:

Each employers use Pymetrics’ game assessment technology to assess candidates using a combination of short games, that measure various attributes including:

  • memory
  • emotionality
  • learning

Interested in learning about candidate assessment processes and tools used by 100+ largest companies? Head to: step-by-step employer guides to get the details that will help you prepare and outpace your competitors.

You may wonder why are so many employers investing in gamified recruitment processes.

Gamified assessments can collect over a thousand behavioural data points and measure competencies such as risk-taking, endurance, perseverance alongside more traditional traits like numerical ability, verbal and logical reasoning, etc. Such behaviour data is also much more difficult to manipulate by candidates.

Let’s move on to find out the key benefits of Pymetrics’ gaming technology.

Why employers use Pymetrics’ gamified assessments to hire?

There are several benefits of utilising the game-based assessments offered by Pymetrics. Among them:

  • Accessibility: Pymetrics game assessments can be taken by anyone on various devices; translation is limited and the games can be deployed very fast in multiple countries and languages.
  • Reduce Bias: They use algorithms, free of gender or ethnicity biases. This is why their solutions increase the gender, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity of hires.
  • Suitable for novices: Pymetrics game assessment do not require any previous experience with gaming. They are very simple in operation and work on multiple devices.
  • Engaging: Game based assessments are by nature more engaging and interactive for candidates. At the end there might be a bit of fun in assessments.
  • Data-driven decisions: Game results provide the insights necessary for employers to make informed decisions about the strengths of a candidate, and the suitable role since they track many more data points (primarily behavioural) than more traditional online assessments.

Did you know that 10% of employers now use game assessments as a part of their hiring process? This is precisely because of the impact game developers such as Pymetrics claim to have on the hiring experience for employers as well as candidates.

What are gamified assessments developed by Pymetrics? What is Pymetrics Test?

Pymetrics have created many gamified-assessments. In this section, we investigate the aims of many of the games that candidates face when taking Pymetrics games.

Pymetrics divide their assessments into two camps of game styles, one is focussed on cognitive ability, emotionality, and preferences, the second relates more specifically to numerical or logical ability. We’ll focus on these in turn.

Pymetrics core game assessments

Pymetrics core game assessments in a nutshell

Pymetrics core games key facts

  • There are of 12 core Pymetrics mini games
  • They measure cognitive and emotional attributes
  • It takes around 25 minutes to complete
  • This series of core games form a picture of a candidate’s strengths, and suggest suitable roles
  • Core Pymetrics Games measure: Attention, Focus, Effort, Generosity, Fairness, Learning, Decision Making, Risk Tolerance, Emotion

Pymetrics core games list:

We’ll go through each mini-game and explain what you can expect to be tasked with.

  1. Money Exchange 1
  2. Keypresses
  3. Balloons Game
  4. Money Exchange 2
  5. Digits Game
  6. Easy or Hard Game
  7. Stop 1
  8. Cards Game
  9. Arrows Game
  10. Lengths Game
  11. Towers Game
  12. Facial Expressions (Faces)

Let’s see now what each of these games is about:

1. Money Exchange 1

  • Money Exchange 1 game measures a candidate’s emotional attribute of trust
  • Your task in this game
    • In Money Exchange 1 you are paired with another participant
    • You have $10 in your bank, your partner has $0
    • You are asked to send some to the other participant
    • The amount you send will be tripled for them on receipt
    • The other participant will then send back some of the money now in their account
    • You must evaluate how fair this trade was on a scale of 1 to 10

Time to complete Money Exchange 1 game: ~7 seconds.

2. Keypresses

  • Keypresses is a Cognitive ability game that assesses candidate’s Processing skill
  • Your task in this game:
    • Tap the space bar as fast as possible in the given time

Time to complete KeyPresses game: ~2 minutes.

3. Balloons Game

The Pymetrics Balloons Game also used by game providers Assess Candidates, and Arctic Shores measures the appetite for risk.

In this common employer game, candidates are presented with an interactive, simplistic, and colourful interface, whether completed on your computer, tablet, or mobile. The task that candidates are faced with is designed to measure risk-taking, amongst other things, and is unlikely to be like other traditional psychometric tests, although it may give some similar insights.

How the Pymetrics Balloons game assessment works:

  • During the game, you will be faced with several balloons which with each successful pump earn you money
  • You can choose to bank the money at any time. If the balloon pops before you bank the money, you lose all your money, and move onto the next balloon
  • Along the way this will measure many data points, looking at the decisions you make after the balloons have popped, and the risks you are willing to take after banking certain amounts of money

The results that are provided give information about one portion of your personality, your appetite to risk based on how you performed, which can then be used to predict how you will react to certain situations when in the role. In other words, the test will give an indication as to how much of a risk taker you will be when moving into the future role.

To get a better idea of what the Balloons game looks like, we provide a practice version called BART (Balloon Analogue Risk Task). It is in line with the algorithm used behind the Pymetrics or Arctic Shored game.

Balloons Game Practice

The Pymetrics Balloons game, alongside the other dynamic assessments developed by Pymetrics, allow employers to measure many different abilities and personality traits including:

  • emotions
  • negative attributes that occur under pressure
  • how an individual processes and uses information
  • thinking style
  • interpersonal style
  • personal drive to cope with challenges
  • and many more…

Time to complete Balloons game: ~3 minutes.

For more information about the balloon game, don’t miss our Balloon Game Video below:

The Pymetrics Balloons Game Assessment | What you need to know

4. Money Exchange 2

  • The aim of the Money Exchange 2 game is to measure a candidate’s emotional attribute of trust/Altruism.
  • Your task in this game:
    • As with the Money Exchange 1 game, you will be working with another participant
    • You and your partner will start with $5
    • At random, one of you will get an added $5
    • You must decide how much of the additional $5 you wish to give or take
    • You will be asked to do this twice, and evaluate how fair the transaction was each time

Time to complete Money Exchange 2 game: ~7 seconds.

5. Digits Game

The Pymetrics Digits game assessment simply measures your memory by how well you remember sequences of numbers.

Pymetrics game assessment dashboard
Pymetrics game assessment dashboard

Source: Pymetrics website

Time to complete Digits game: ~2.5 minutes.

We offer a memory practice game that should help you pass Pymetrics assessments.

gamified assessment cognitive memory example
Cognitive Memory Gamified Assessment

Learn more about memory game-based asssessments:

Video: What are Memory Game Assessments by Arctic Shores, Pymetrics, HireVue? | Ace PwC, Unilever Games

6. Easy or Hard Game

  • Pymetrics ‘Easy or Hard’ game assessment measures strategies for spending your effort.
  • Your task in this game:
    • You will be given task difficulty levels
    • You job is to evaluate whether you want to complete a harder task in order to return more money.

Time to complete Easy or Hard game: ~2 minutes.

7. Stop 1

  • Pymetrics ‘Stop 1’ game assessment is a cognitive game and measures your attention, reaction time, and how well you can switch from task to task.
  • Your task in this game:
    • You must press the space bar when you see a red dot

Time to complete Stop game: ~2 minutes.

8. Cards Game

Pymetrics ‘Cards Game’ measures risk-taking by drawing cards, some with reward, others with a penalty. The game has a similar purpose to their Balloons Game.

  • Your task in this game:
    • The aim of the Cards Game is to win money
    • You will start with $2,000
    • You must draw cards until the game finishes
    • Some of the cards contain a reward, others a penalty
    • You can switch decks at any time.
Pymetrics cards game assessment example
Pymetrics Cards Game assessment example

Time to complete Cards game: ~2.5 minutes.

9. Arrows Game

  • Pymetrics Arrows game measures your ability to learn from mistakes and past decisions.
  • Your task in this game:
    • You must indicate using the arrow keys on your keyboard which way the centre arrow (if the arrows are blue) or side arrows (if they are red) are facing.

Time to complete Arrows game: ~3 minutes.

10. Lengths Game

  • Pymetrics Lengths game requires a lot of attention and measures your learning as with the Arrows Game.
  • Your task in this game:
    • You will be shown different faces and must identify whether the faces have big or little mouths.

Time to complete Lengths game: ~2.5 minutes.

11. Towers Game

  • Pymetrics Towers game assesses your planning and problem solving.
  • Your task in this game:
    • This is a puzzle game in which you have to match the different coloured rings on the poles to the target image at the top of the screen
    • You can do this by only moving one ring at a time.  

Time to complete Towers game: ~2 minutes.

12. Facial Expressions (Faces)

  • Pymetrics Facial Expressions game measures your emotion recognition and perception. It resembles the i-EQ game developed by GF, asking you to identify the expression displayed.
  • Your task in this game:
    • Identify either with or without a given situation the Emotion being shown in the image
    • For those with context, you are permitted 30 seconds to answer, for those without you will get only 7 seconds.

Time to complete Facial expressions game: ~4 minutes.

Check out this video where we explain:

  • Why emotional intelligence gamified-assessments are used by employers globally
  • What a typical example Emotional Intelligence practice question looks like
  • How Emotional Intelligence Game-based assessments measure candidates
Video: What are Emotify & Emotions Game Assessments | Pymetrics Games | PwC, RBS, Unilever

Pymetrics core game assessments are packaged into one assessment experience that last 25 minutes for all 12 games.

Pymetrics Numerical and Logical Reasoning Games

Pymetrics also provide employers with a second bundle of games that aim to measure your numerical and logical ability. There are 4 games in this category that take a total of up to 10 minutes to complete.

More specifically, Pymetrics Numerical and Logical Reasoning games measure your:

  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Numerical Agility

Here is an example of one of Pymetrics numerical & logical games (tests). Your task is to work quickly to identify which side has the specified colour of dots.

pymetrics numerical logical game example
Pymetrics numerical logical game example

How to pass Pymetrics game-based assessments?

Continue reading below the video

Video: How to pass Pymetrics game assessments

Generally speaking, game based assessments are more difficult to practice vs more traditional aptitude tests. This is because aptitude tests focus on the result and the result only, whereas results from game based assessments tie in more with behaviours.

Here are a few things you can do to make sure you perform well and up to your individual abilities. Here is how you do well in Pymetrics.

  1. Practice similar games to Pymetrics

Find out what type of game you could be playing. By knowing the main scenario and demands of the game, you will feel more confident and familiar with the game, and thus better able to focus on tasks.

We offer several practice games that can help you with some Pymetrics games:

GF TestSkills Practiced
MTA-Tray™Organising, Attention, and Multi-Tasking
MathBubbles™Mental Arithmetic
Flanker TaskAttention
PassCode™Attention and Resilience
GF Practice Game Assessments

2. Find the right time and place to complete the assessment

Somewhere where you will not be disturbed, with a reliable internet connection. Make sure that when starting the assessments, you are not stressed or anxious.

Use the browser and hardware (e.g. laptop, mobile, etc.) as per recommendations from the employer. Keep in mind that you behaviours (and time) are also being tracked. These games typically require sliding, moving, pressing, etc.

Use the platform that gives you the comfort of completing the assessments without unnecessary stress caused the hardware or its limits to the interactions you can perform.

3. Research what companies look for in you through Pymetrics game assessments

Researching the values of the company you are applying for can be a great place to start. Look out for personality traits that they praise in their existing employees, and core competencies that are valued. You may begin by looking on the following:

  • Company Website
  • Company Social Media
  • Company YouTube videos
  • Common online forums (though be aware that these are often opinion, and you should always double check the source)
  • Or, when searching for a company’s values, simply google ‘Accenture core values’ for example.

If you are applying for more competitive jobs, risk-taking and initiative are likely to be some of the top competencies sought after by your recruiters. Therefore, when taking game-based assessments do not shy away from trying to get extra points and do lean backwards if things do not go easy at first.

4. Read carefully the instructions, stay focused

Even though it looks like a game, it is not a game – it is an assessment. Do not assume you know how it works because you are a pro in Fortnite or other game.

Stay focused. You will not be able to repeat it, and you do not want to lower your chances by not having understood the instructions in depth.

Many employers will not let you to re-apply to them for 6-12 months following a failed assessment.

Pymetrics games last around 25 minutes, you do need to stay focused for this period of time since there is no break between the games and they measure various abilities.

How do Pymetrics work? Science behind their game assessments

Behind the interactive and engaging style that Pymetrics game assessments provide, lies a philosophy and science. Two core principles that Pymetrics value are:

  • Predictive validity of assessments in identifying the correct candidates. To ensure this they:
    • Analyse the job and what it entails for the successful applicant to ensure that they can accurately predict success on the job.
    • Create cross-validated role and company profiles. Essentially, this means that they assess the performance of previous successful candidates.
    • A Pymetrics data scientist uses their own tool to develop a predictive model for the employer. These models are then evaluated for how predictive they are.
  • Reducing bias from assessments.
    • While bias is natural, and often involves the involuntarily identifying of patterns, it sometimes shows itself in recruitment processes, in the form of less diverse work-forces. Pymetrics pro-actively remove bias in their processes and technologies.
    • Their assessments assess candidate’s cognitive, social and emotional individual differences, rather than focussing only on one trait.

How to prepare for Pymetrics game-based assessments?

A key part of success in game assessments is being prepared to face a new task and be able to focus your attention on this.

You can start your journey with us. We provide practice game-based assessments to help you get familiar with the most common styles of assessments.

Take a look below at the games you can practice with GF:

1. BART – Balloon Analogue Risk Task game assessing propensity to take risk.

2. Cognition-M™ – Cognition-focused game predominantly looking at the ability to recall information. 

3. Cognition-A™ – Cognition-focused game assessing one’s ability to overcome The Stroop Effect.

4. i-EQ™ – Interactive assessment looking at the ability to recognise emotional expressions, an aspect of Emotional Intelligence.

5. MTA-Tray™ – Game focusing on the ability to attend to multiple sources of information, an aspect also assessed by an In-Tray/E-Tray assessment.

6. MathBubbles™ – Bubble-popping game tapping into one’s mental arithmetic in reaching target numbers.

7. Flanker Task – Attention-based game to gauge selective attention and executive control.

8. PassCode™ – Code-cracking game looking at the ability to focus and attend, as well as bounce back and show resilience.

Try our Game-Assessments. Sign up with GF and practise a variety of game assessments.

Practice will allow you to get familiar with game assessments, help you interact and use the proper device when you get a chance to be assessed by the employer.

Each practice tests is designed to be replicate one or more of the game-assessments employers use.