Test Taking Guide
Increasingly employers are turning to psychometric tests to help them identify the best candidates for their roles objectively and accurately. There are a range of techniques to ensure that you do yourself justice in the testing process and which will give you the confidence to put your best foot forward.
What are psychometric tests?
Psychometric tests are simply standardised processes whereby your results are compared to large sample groups. At the graduate level, psychometric tests commonly assess the ability to analyse and reason with words or numbers, and, for some roles, to solve problems logically using sequences of shapes.
Some psychometric exercises assess personality style and preferences. Strictly speaking, these are not tests, as there are no right or wrong answers.
How can I prepare for ability tests?
It is always a good idea to brush-up on your number skills. Build familiarity with graphs, charts and tables of figures. Make sure that you are comfortable with numerical methods such as ratios, fractions and percentages. Practice taking timed tests and puzzles.
For verbal tests, prepare by reading articles and reports in newspapers and journals in subjects with which you are not familiar. Practice summarising key arguments in articles and analysing the key points made.
I have to do some tests online. What should I do?
Make a good test taking environment for yourself which is free from noise and interruptions. Try to work quickly but accurately and avoid wildly guessing answers as the accuracy of how well you worked in the test may be looked at. Ask for feedback on how you did, and practise in areas that you found difficult before the next test process.
For further information including downloads with links to test practice opportunities, visit informedassessment.co.uk