Aptitude and Psychometric Tests

Preparing for Aptitude and Psychometric Tests:

Aptitude and Psychometric Tests are often used by employers and recruitment companies to screen potential candidates.  Aptitude tests generally focus on logical reasoning such as verbal, numerical, speed and accuracy or spatial reasoning skills.  On the other hand psychometric tests measure traits like knowledge, aptitude, personality traits, attitudes and beliefs.  These tests assess how well you will fit into the company’s culture.

The key to performing well is practice!  The recruiter/employer may have sent you some examples on which you can practice on.  Use these examples and work through them.  Repeat until you feel confident that you can answer them all correctly.  You can also look online for various examples and sample tests.  The more you do, the better you will perform on the day.  

Aptitude tests generally have quite a short time limit.  It is advisable to take your time and get the answers correct, rather than rushing through the questions and making simple mistakes.  It can be useful to set the timer on your phone so you are aware of the time as you complete the test.  Some aptitude tests are designed so that there is not enough time to complete all questions so don’t feel disheartened if this happens to you.  The reason for this is to test your accuracy.

If you are completing a Aptitude and Psychometric Tests, there is generally no time limit.  You need to be as honest as possible in these tests.  Some questions will be asked in various ways to ensure that you are being honest and consistent in your answer.  Remember there is no right or wrong answers, just as there is no right or wrong personalities!  This is also a two way process.  They are testing your fit with the company culture.  If you are not a good fit for the company, you would probably not be happy in the role over the long term, therefore it is better for both parties that you did not get the job.

It sounds simple but make sure you get enough sleep the night before the test so your brain is at its maximum cognitive ability.  Eat something substantial before you go as tests can last longer than an hour.  You want to have enough energy to boost your brain power.  Also, if you are in a testing centre the person next to you will not want to be distracted by your rumbling stomach!  For the numerical aptitude tests you will need to bring a calculator.  If you are going to a testing centre, it is also advisable to bring a watch and often you will need photo ID to verify your identification.  If you are completing the test online, make sure you are located somewhere where you will not be disturbed.  Ensure that your laptop has enough battery to last the duration of the test.  Finally, have a bottle of water with you.   

Finally the very best of luck!


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