How to pass your psychometric tests first time
Make a revision timetable – It’s best to start your psychometric test preparation as early as possible but however long you have plan your study time. Psychometric tests are unusual in that you won’t have a tutor teaching you and setting you homework, you need to be self motivated and plan your time effectively to perform well in your psychometric tests.
Practice questions under exam conditions – Think about the environment you’re going to be in on the day of the exam and spend your revision time in this environment. This means:
- Practicing questions under time pressure from day one.
- Working in a quiet environment without distractions.
- Using the tools you will have with you on the day i.e. rough paper, your own calculator
Use practice material, which has been developed with chartered occupational psychologists – Chartered Occupational Psychologists write the tests which test publishers use so you must practice questions which have been developed with these professionals. You only have limited revision time no matter how early you start preparing so maximise your chance of success but using high quality learning material.
Nail the basic skills early – Numerical reasoning tests require you to be competent at GCSE level maths. This means you must comfortably be able to calculate percentage increase, decrease, ratios and currency conversions as well as basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We have a suite of tutorial videos, which will remind you of these essential skills, you can access them for free here.
Concentrate on the questions you get incorrect – This might seem quite unnatural but you will learn far more from the questions you get incorrect than those, which you get correct. We all like doing what we’re good at but be disciplined and review the questions you get wrong carefully after completing each practice test. All our questions come with worked solutions to help you do this. Our members also benefit from a test history section in their dashboard so you can go back and review the questions you got wrong at any time.
Develop great exam technique – half the battle with psychometric tests is developing good exam technique. If you’re unclear on what good example technique looks like, below is some guidance:
- Stick to timings – don’t spend too long on any individual questions, if you get stuck move on.
- Read the exam instructions carefully – they will tell you how long the test is and how many questions you will be asked to complete. They may also tell you if the test is negatively marked, if it’s not then don’t be afraid to make educated guesses as you start running out of time. Remember that assessors will be looking at your ‘accuracy’ so don’t guess wildly. IF you’ve invested sufficient time in questions practice hopefully you won’t need to be guessing too many questions.
- Use all the exam time – if you finish early use the extra exam time you have to go back to difficult questions you passed earlier in the assessment or questions where you made an educated guess. Scoring highly is far more important than finishing with the fastest time.
Maximise the efficiency of your revision time – If you work best in the morning then make sure you plan to make time revision time available in the mornings. Plan in regular breaks, the human brain cannot concentrate for long periods of time so taking a 10 minute break every 40 minutes – 1 hour will help you maximise the efficiency of your revision time.
Get a good night’s sleep the night before your assessment – Being refreshed on the day of your exam is essential.
Do your research – Search online to find out what types of psychometric tests you are likely to be asked to complete, then focus your revision time on the ones you find the hardest. Most employers will ask you to complete a numerical and verbal reasoning test but be aware it’s also important to prepare for the other types of psychometric tests e.g. logical reasoning tests and situational judgements tests.