The idea of having to undertake psychometric testing can be daunting and a little frightening to say the least. There are often fears that the results will not be what you expected or even fears of failure. There really isn’t need to have these feeling even though it is in our human make-up that we do.
There are certain things that you can do in the months, weeks, and days leading up to your all important psychometric testing that can help you to feel more confident on the day.
It is very important that you understand what the purpose of the is, you need to understand that this test is not there for you to pass of fail, it is a tool made available to you to help you, guide you, and set you on the path to success.
Learn to read and understand questions and what is expected of you. Most mistakes are made through misinterpretation of the questions. Don’t allow this to be your downfall.
Repetition is the key to improvement in the case of psychometric test. It has been proven that performing repeated tests of variety will improve your results. The more used to the question types you become, the easier they will be to understand and interpret. As you see an improvement in your results, the more confidence you will gain and you will begin to have that will to learn and improve.
Read as much as you can, read anything you can lay your hands on. Reading improves vocabulary and enhances how you perceive written information and decipher it.
Eat well, this is not a last minute change but rather a lifestyle change that will improve your quality of life. Eating certain foods does encourage brain growth and function but in general eating fresh, healthy foods will maintain a healthy body and that leads to a healthy mind. Your need to fuel your brain to work efficiently.
Exercise is a wonderful way to reduce stress and get those endorphin going. Exercise that gets the blood pumping, increases the flow of blood to the brain which means that more life giving oxygen is passing through your brain. Exercise releases a chemical in the brain which makes us “feel good”. This feeling drives us to do more so that we feel that way all the time. Feeling good about yourself increases confidence which in turn enhances the need to improve. Exercise is a wonderful way to clear your mind and allows you to focus and concentrate on the task at hand.
Exercising regularly will encourage excellent sleep. A good night sleep is imperative to a correctly and efficiently functioning brain. If you are tired, you will be unable to think properly or clearly and your decision making will not be of the best quality.
As test day draws nearer, find out more information on what the test will entail, which areas will be tested and the conditions under which you will be tested. If the tests will be carried out under time constraints, then do your practice tests under the same time constraints. Remember these tests are formulated so that not everybody can complete them. Move through the questions quickly, carefully, and efficiently. Do as many as you can in the time allowed. Don’t waste time on questions you are unsure of, take an educated guess and move on to questions that you do know the answers to.
Ensure that you have your regular calculator on hand on the day of the test. Using a tool that you are familiar with and for which you know all the functions, will put you at an advantage. Using a new calculator which you have no knowledge of will only waste your time as you will need to figure out the functions as you go along. Chances are mistakes will be made through the unfamiliarity of the tool on hand.
Practice calming techniques. The word test instantly sends many of us into a panic and psychometric testing will tip many over the edge. If you are panicked and stressed, you will be unable to perform to your full potential. Stay calm, breathe deeply, and focus your mind on the task at hand again. Remind yourself this is to help you and not to judge you.
If you are learning impaired or have a disability, let the center know so they can make provisions for you on the day. Don’t be afraid to notify them, they cannot by law judge you based on these facts in fact they will be more than willing to assist so that you have the same advantages as the other individuals taking the test.
On the eve of the test, get to bed early and get a full night sleep.
On the morning of the test, wake early, practice some calming meditation and begin your day. Take some time to get ready, try to avoid rushing which will only put you in a panicked frame of mind. Eat a hearty and healthy breakfast and load up on fluids like water so that you remain hydrated. Dehydrates brain cells can’t absorb information. Leave for your test in enough time so that you arrive with time to spare. Check you bag before leaving, ensure you have your pencil and a spare, and ensure you have your trusty calculator. Arrive, find your place and get yourself into the right frame of mind.
You have prepared, you are ready, you will succeed. Don’t fear failure, these are the areas where lessons are learned, lessons of great value. Fear will only hold you back from achieving what you so long for. These tests will help you to learn more about yourself and allow you to select a career path that is perfectly suited to you. Take advantage of the opportunity and give it all you’ve got.