Now that it is clear why preparation is important, we can explore how to prepare. To start with, keep in mind the following characteristics of psychometric tests:
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:
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 and 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, employers and positions (grad/mgmt, general staff, senior mgmt, technical, specific professions and more!). For example, one of the leading test providers, Cubiks, use a unique battery of Cubiks online test assessments, which differ in many ways to other tests on the same topics.
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.
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.
This may sound like a cliché, but hope is always helpful. Fate favours the one who tries. Just keep fighting back and you'll be surprised at the results.
While it may seem obvious, do not forget the importance of the following advice:
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