We are all fully aware of how nerve wracking it can be to wait for a psychometric evaluation but in truth, it really shouldn’t be. Prepare mentally, physically, and nutritionally and you will ensure that your body, and mind are completely in tune and ready for the task at hand.
Of course a few pointers on how to manage the psychometric testing process won’t hurt either.
- Don’t stress yourself too much if you don’t complete all the numerical ability questions. Of course aim to answer as many as you can in the allocated time but bare in mind that the tests are designed in a way that only about 2% of people who undergo the tests will actually complete them all.
- All the questions bare the same points allocation. It is good to remember that the questions of more difficulty are usually placed close to the end of the test. Don’t spend all your time on these however. Each question needs to be given the same attention as they are all worth the same marks.
- Don’t stop until the time runs out. If need be go back and double check your answers or try figure out ones you have missed. Check your answers at the beginning of the test as these tend to be easier and where most people make mistakes.
- Personality tests usually have some questions which will be used to measure your social desirability. These questions are put in place to test your honesty. If you answer dishonestly, you may receive a very high social desirability score but those particular answers will raise red flags.
- If you are undertaking a test where you can’t skip questions to go back later. Learn to make educated guesses so that you can move on with the test. Don’t waste too much of your time on these as it will cause you to lose out on answers you actually do know. Sometimes you have to take a risk, guess and if they are wrong, they’re wrong, move on to the others.
- In many of the numeric reasoning questions you ability to process numerical data and apply reasoning to it is being tested, rather than you actual maths ability. Learn to use your calculator correctly, know the functions, don’t take a tool in that you have never used before.
- Many psychometric tests are divided into two parts – timed and untimed. It is best to take a break between the tests. Allow yourself to take a break, rest and build up your mental capabilities again. Often if you try to sit right through and do both in one sitting, you will get tired and it will impair your performance.
- Personality tests often have a variety of question all aimed at measuring a certain personality trait. Be aware of these, read carefully before you answer. You need to show consistency in answers presented for these questions.
- Keep your attitude and confidence throughout the testing process.
- Very important is practice. Practice as many tests beforehand as you can. This will help to ease stress related to the tests. Stress could cause you to lack in performance on the day.
- Use preparation and practice to ensure that your answers reflect your true and full potential.
It is best to have all the available help at your fingertips when undertaking this type of psychometric test. Practice a wide variety of tests which are readily available online. There is s misconception that the answers provided in these tests are only true and valid if you answer them without ever having seen them before. Don’t be fooled by this, be as prepared as you possibly can. It is still a test after all and I don’t know a person on Earth who wouldn’t do whatever they can in order to ensure that their results are as good as possible.
However, it is good to remember that these test results don’t follow you around like a black cloud for your entire life. You can improve your results through hard work and repetition. Practise makes perfect, so the saying goes and that is certainly the truth in this case.
Eat well, exercise your brain mentally through reading, word puzzles, reasoning puzzles and crosswords, as well as physically through heart pumping exertion, sleep well, and practise those meditation and calming techniques when you feel your nerves startng to fray at the ends. Be confident in your own abilities and stay confident. Realize that you may not receive the results that you want or expect but understand that there is always something good that can be learned from the experience. If anything, you know you won’t make those same mistakes again. See the silver lining no matter how dark the cloud. Your white cloud will float by, maybe sooner than you think.
Remeber that is your get declined for a job or a study path, perhaps there is something better waiting around the corner. Maybe you have afterall been focusing on what you thought were you best qualities and you were avoiding other qualities that really set you apart from everyone else.
Psychometric testing relies on the individuals honesty in answering the questions. If you want to get a fair and reliable reflection in the results, don’t fool yourself by being dishonest. Know that you will be found out and the implications could be far worse. Yes you got the job or were accepted into a study program but you may be unable to cope with the workload or you may simply find that this is not what you were hoping for and now you are trapped on a path that isn’t right for you. Yes, you can change course but think of the time wasted in the process. Be honest and allow the tests to reveal what is best for you.