Now that it is clear why practice is important, we can explore how to practice. Practising and preparing for tests have two main components. One is specific practice papers and guidelines that can really help your preparation. The other is to minimize anxiety and stress by improving your attitude toward the tests themselves. Preparation in general affects how you view the tests and your motivation to succeed. By taking the tests and your preparation seriously you improve your test performance.
Before we tell you how to prepare, keep in mind the following characteristics of psychometric tests:
NOT ENOUGH TIME, TOO MUCH INFORMATION:
Tests in most cases are not meant to be completed, neither in terms of time constraints nor in terms of material covered.
CHEATING DOES NO GOOD:
Not only do companies use sophisticated procedures to verify your scores, even more so if your actual skills don’t match the job requirements, sooner or later the truth will be exposed, and you will likely lose your job.
QUALITY, NOT QUANTITY:
Getting a solid mark on a few questions is better than getting a low mark by completing the assessment.
Know which tests you will face
Although some employers have become more supportive in terms of providing information on the selection and testing process, most still don’t give out enough details. You have to do all that you can to acquire information on the exact types of tests and exercises that you will face. Eliminating this uncertainty will put you in a proactive mode rather than a reactive/passive one. Efficient ways to get this information include:
- Contacting the employer’s HR team or your recruitment agency and ask for more information.
- Using web resources such as Wikijob, Glassdoor and The Student Room. They are excellent places to connect with the community of past and fellow candidates.
- We have an entire section dedicated to employers’ tests and assessments, so use the search bar at the top of our website and hopefully, we already have a page that can help you.
- And of course, our support teams are always here to help you learn more about these tests and you can feel free to contact our partners JobTestPrep or if you want to find out more about getting prepared for your test – email@example.com
2. Find the identity of the test provider
There are so many testing companies today and each presents its own groundbreaking way of making your life as a candidate more challenging. It could be the length of the test, the difficulty level of the questions, the question style (graph/table, word problems, number series), the basic requirements (such as using a calculator) and even the visual appearance of the test. If you don’t practice questions that are similar in style to those provided by a specific test provider, you risk wasting hours, money on the wrong materials and most importantly a lower performance on test day.
We focus our efforts on providing you with a customized practice experience, following the same features of many assessment companies (have the full list as seen here), employers and positions (grad/mgmt, general staff, senior mgmt, technical, specific professions and more!).
3. Plan your prep journey, as short as it may be
A. If you have the time, create a study schedule. Start with rehearsing the basics. Remove rust and then try the real thing. This could be done by watching some video tutorials or taking short practise sessions that focus on specific topics.
B. If your test is in the next 48 or 24 hours, focus on specific areas of weakness and try to simulate as many full-length mock tests as possible
4. Learn from the explanations
You have to pay attention to the explanations that accompany each question. Usually, the explanations include some mind opening tricks and tips that could save precious time on the real test.
5. Consult with people
Sharing your difficulties with the online community is always a relief. You suddenly find that you’re not the only one to have that problem and can get helpful advice from others in the know.
6. Believe in yourself and do your best
This may sound like a clichè, but hope is always helpful. Fate favours the who tries. Just keep fighting back and you’ll be surprised at the results.
7. The trivial but true
While it may seem obvious, do not forget the importance of the following advice: You can also see the video version of this list here
A. Getting a good night’s sleep: a fully rested brain is alert and ready while a tired brain is slower and less aware.
B. Find your best study hours-: if you’re a morning person, get your work done first thing. If you are a night owl, save your prep for the end of the day.
C. Prep in your best environment: whether that means being isolated from all noise and distraction or blasting music, prepare in the place you can concentrate best.