CAREER TESTING / FEB. 11, 2015
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How to Succeed in Psychometric Tests

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Whether you are applying for a job or deciding on a career, psychometric testing will help you become more self-aware and discover your hidden strengths and weaknesses. For this reason it is important to familiariase yourself with the process and learn how you can succeed in psychometric tests when an employer asks you to compete one as part of the recruitment procedure.

Despite the fact, that there is no specific formula that prepares you to take the test and succeed, ASE Solutions assessment experts recommended 10 tips for taking a psychometric test of any kind that will definitely prove useful. This information provides references to the work of Ros Jay who reproduced and further analysed the list in his book Brilliant Interview: What employers want to hear and how to say it.”

So, here’s ASE’s top 10 tips on psychometric testing:

#1 Keep your cool

Try to keep calm and read instructions carefully. If you are faced with a difficult question, just break the question into keywords to help you understand what you are being asked.

#2 Don’t skim read

Like any other test, don’t skim read any instructions and be clear about how to answer the questions. Remember you are being assessed based on the answers that you give. Whether the test examines your skills, problem solving or technical ability, if you don’t understand how to answer the questions, you will not do well.

#3 Clarify misunderstandings

Always complete the practice questions first and ask your test administrator if there is anything you don’t understand before you start the test.

#4 Set a time plan

If the test is timed, it is important to plan your time effectively and answer as many questions as possible. Before you start the test, look at its sections and create a time plan for how many minutes you will be spending on each.

#5 Don’t stumble on a question

Don’t spend too long on a single question and give your best and honest answer. Also, don’t answer randomly, and make sure you have understood the question.

#6 Double check

Check that the question number being completed matched the one on the answer sheet – if test is administered on paper. 

#7 Use the rule-out method

When assessing difficult multiple-choice questions, start by ruling out those that are most unlikely to be correct.

#8 Answer clearly

If you change an answer make sure that it is clear and easy-to read. For example, if you are asked to write a paragraph or fill in words in a given text, make sure they are clearly visible after rewriting your answers.

#9 Give your best estimate

If it happens, you don’t know the answer to the question choose the one that you think works the best. If you are in doubt, always give your best estimate and follow your own instinct.

#10 Run a check-round

Provided that you are allowed go back and review your answers. Perhaps you may have missed a question that you planned to answer at the end.

As a final piece of advice, before taking a psychometric test it is important that you know what kind of test it is. For example, does it measure your characteristics in terms of your ability in a certain subject, your aptitude, personality or motivation? If an employer fails to explain this effectively and leaves you confused, don’t hesitate to ask for more information since you have the right to know what you will be assessed on and how.

Other acceptable questions include:

  • What test will you be taking? (e.g. name, provider)   
  • How will you take the test? (online, written, verbally)
  • How will the test fit with the recruitment process as a whole?
  • What feedback can you expect after completing the test?

Do you have any experience of taking psychometric tests? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below. 

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