On Monday 8th October Oliver Savill from AssessmentDay delivered two practice test sessions with Q&As to MSc and MBA students at Cass Business School. The morning session covered numerical psychometric tests, and the later session covered verbal psychometric tests. Each session attracted around 60 delegates, who sat an online test and received feedback on their scores. After experiencing a simulated test, the students got to ask Oliver questions about psychometric testing and how employers tend to use various aptitude tests for selection. The objective of both sessions was to help applicants prepare for taking a psychometric test.
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At Assessment Day, we are well aware that finding a job is not as easy for everyone. Not only is finding a specific job that is likely to stimulate and edify you going to be hard, but once you find those few rare potential careers, you are likely to be up against a huge amount of competition.
We also know that there are ways to help you in such a situation. From visiting us to take a free psychometric test in preparation for the interview process to actively expanding your experience and qualifications, everything from the skills you have to the way in which you conduct yourself in an interview will make a major difference to how easy or hard it is to get a job.
Therefore, how hard it is to find the right job will be different for everybody. With more and more people leaving university with strong degrees, the competition for every single job is tougher than ever and standing out is more and more important. The more you can do to give yourself the edge, the easier it will be to get your foot in the door.
As such, more and more companies are actively using online aptitude tests to more easily distinguish between otherwise extremely similar candidates. By having as much experience and as many qualifications as possible, and by practicing the likes of numerical reasoning tests you are far more likely to look right on paper and prove yourself to be right in practice too.
So, you’ve been told that you need to take an aptitude test for a job you have applied for. If you have never taken such a test, you are probably not going to know what to expect. So just what are these tests used to establish?
Firstly, it is worth noting that not all tests are going to be the same. Whilst a great many will be used to discover more about a candidate’s personality traits along with their strengths and weaknesses, other tests can be far more specific, focusing on anything from numerical reasoning to contextual understanding.
They can be very specific in the way that they are used, allowing employers to very succinctly gauge a candidate’s suitability to a specific role and they can also simply be used to work out how easy a person will fit into a certain work environment.
For those who have never taken such tests before, it can be very beneficial to find out exactly what is going to be in store. At Assessment Day, we offer you the chance to practice psychometric tests to understand exactly what you are likely to be faced with. Not only will practicing such a test help you to feel more relaxed by removing uncertainty but practicing such tests can also simply help you to get better at them too.
By being prepared for such a test, the levels of stress and anxiety on the day are likely to be vastly reduced meaning that not only are you likely to better at any test, but also that you will be more relaxed during any interview you are given too.
By regularly testing a person’s ability to complete their job successfully means that the person who might have worked at a particular company for several months or years can find out if their skills have improved or need altering so that they are able to provide an effective performance in an environment which might be very high pressured.
We are able to provide online psychometric tests for companies, businesses and organisations of any size. Whether it is conducting or filtering to find out the best candidate for a particular position or for whatever reason that tests a persons’ skill, an online psychometric test provides this value for money service that shows a certain type of dedication which produces excellent efficiency levels.
There are many versions of an online psychometric test and one of these is numerical reasoning practice tests. Unlike when a person completes the actual test, a practice test means that they will become further familiar with what they are about to expect. We understand completely that taking tests is not to everyone’s taste as they might be nervous but through our own online tests this allows for someone’s numerical skills to fully materialise.
Verbal reasoning practice tests are similar to their numerical neighbours but this allows for a candidate working in an environment which requires verbal reasoning with high profiled customers or clients to take full command as they will know exactly what to say and how to do this successfully time after time. This is a skill which can be improved and through a verbal reasoning practice test this allows for exactly that.
Companies are constantly looking for ways to reduce their expenditures and remove waste of any kind, this can be achieved through many ways but one other useful and commercially viable method that this can be achieved is through conducting online aptitude tests.
As with all aptitude tests, an online aptitude test means that we can help businesses and organisations to test candidates for whatever reason they feel fit. If a business works in an environment which is led by numeracy, numerical reasoning allows for the candidate taking the test to find out how good their own personal numeracy skills are. Even if the person has been working for a company for an extended period of time, their skills in this area might have dwindled for one reason or another but through numerical reasoning tests means that this testing can be conducted in a positive environment which allows for the candidate to feel completely relaxed, therefore giving them the foundations for the most positive scores to be achieved.
Then again, if a business operates in a sector in society which means that it is needed for communication with high-profile customers and clients than a verbal reasoning test is the choice made by many. This type of aptitude test allows for their verbal skills to be examined, such as the way in which they reason and understand a client’s body language, and this allows for any potential areas which would need to be worked on so that full maximisation of the candidates talents emerge.
‘Psychometric test‘ is an umbrella term. It can mean a variety of tests, everything from personality tests to verbal or numeracy tests. Although each variant of the psychometric test is designed to assess different aspects of your aptitude, they are all essentially trying to achieve the same thing: a quantifiable assessment of your suitability for a job.
Online psychometric tests are often the only tool that a potential employer has to assess, quantifiably, the suitability of candidates. Often they are used where there are bulk applications, as they easily rule out or rule in candidates based on test scores.
Unlike, perhaps, other parts of your application process, a psychometric test can’t be “charmed” and no amount of good presentation can subvert its assessment. Instead a psychometric test, just like your school exams, requires preparation and aptitude.
The latter we can’t help you with, however our online psychometric tests are the ideal way to help you prepare for your test, which can consist of the following:
Personality tests: usually in the form of a questionnaire it will assess how you would react in a range of situations, and will build a fairly accurate measure of your personality type.
Numerical reasoning: this test will focus on your aptitude with numbers, and will usually consist of a range of maths-based questions.
Verbal reasoning: this test focuses on your aptitude with language, sentence structure and words.
Whatever the form of your test, which may incorporate all three aspects, as well as others, practise can significantly improve your score, and so it is definitely worth “getting to know” the kinds of questions you will be facing prior to taking the assessment.
AssessmentDay, leading experts in online aptitude tests and psychometric tests, comment on the implications of allowing the use of calculators in numerical reasoning tests.
There has been recent debate over whether the use of calculators in numerical testing should be permitted. In certain jobs, numerical reasoning will play a key role, and employers will be looking for someone who has a high level of mathematical ability as opposed to someone who relies heavily on a calculator.
Many jobs may feature numerical tests in their application phase, yet there is often a difference in the way some of them are conducted. For example, some numerical testing will allow applicants to use a calculator, while others will require them to display their mental arithmetic skills instead. However, some believe that this is irrelevant, as there will be no restriction on whether they use a calculator or not once the candidate actually secures the role.
“This is a complicated issue, as people who have a high degree of numerical reasoning may struggle during a test if nerves affect their skills, while many are so practiced in using a calculator that they may have forgotten the basics of mental arithmetic,” commented a spokesperson for AssessmentDay. “It may be an idea to allow a calculator for half of a test, and then ask the applicants to use mental calculations for the rest. This will then make it easier to assess who has high mental estimation skills by evaluating which portion shows the better results. By using our practice numerical reasoning tests, people can become comfortable with the format and structure of this kind of testing, and therefore increase their chances of securing the position.”