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Print 6 Tips to Succeed at Your Next Psychometric Test

Have a psychometric test coming up in the course of your recruitment and are not sure how to get ready? While many are content to just walk in and take the tests, preparation is needed if you want to do your best (and doing your best is the only way to secure the job!).
Here are 6 career tips on how to get started:

1. Begin with a Study Plan
You can’t just expect to cram in your studies “when you have time”: in order to fully prepare for testing you need to have a specific action plan. Start by looking at how much time you have to prepare exactly. The week prior to the tests should be spent reviewing everything you have studied, so any time from now until one week prior can be spent studying.

2. Focus on the Task at Hand
There’s not much use spending time studying for a case study or assessment centre exam when you know you have to pass a verbal or numerical reasoning test first. Start by studying for whichever test type you will be required to take first, once you have mastered those skills and passed the pre-selection test (if there is one), you can move on to other test formats.

3. Understand How it Works
While knowing the content of assessment tests will certainly help you succeed at test time, it is also very important to understand the procedures behind the tests. For example, if you can improve your ability to read and comprehend quickly, you will likely do better on verbal reasoning tests by giving yourself more time, while practicing calculations can help when it comes to numerical reasoning tests.  Meanwhile, practicing drafting essays will certainly help you when it comes to written essays by speeding up your composition skills.

4. Prepare for Core Skill Testing
If you are applying for jobs in specific fields, such as engineering, consultancy, banking or computer programming, you may be asked to complete a skill test. Find some practice skills tests so you can ensure you are ready to show future employers how talented you are and showcase your domain specific knowledge to your assessors.

5. Know the Rules and Regulations of the Job Test
Each type of psychometric test is administered differently; even the same test given by different companies may have slightly altered rules. Make sure you fully understand all the rules and regulations for each test. Important points include:
-    Start time
-    Allotted time for each section
-    Whether you can skip questions and come back to them (particularly important if you are doing multiple sections within the test)
-    Permitted tools (pencil, paper, calculator, erasable slate, other)
-    Scoring procedure and system
-    Allocated time per question
-    Response time (how long until you hear back)

6. Keep Practicing!
In the best case scenario you will land the first job you complete psychometric tests for. However, in case you don’t hear back right away it is important to keep working on your testing skills by studying and taking practices tests. Remember that the more practice tests you take, the higher chance you have of getting your future employer’s notice!

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