It’s easy to get overwhelmed by psychometric tests. Here’s how to avoid the most common psychometric test mistakes and stand out from the crowd!

Don’t skimp on practice

Question practice has been shown to be a highly effective way to improve psychometric test performance. Candidates who do little or no question practice prior to sitting their psychometric tests are often shocked by how difficult it is to work quickly and carefully while under significant time pressure. Adequate question practice is essential to a strong psychometric test performance.

Stick to your timings

Candidates who don’t stick to timings often underperform. It is very important to stick to timings and the best way to get used to this is through timed question practice.

Don’t ask friends to sit the test for you

Many companies re-test candidates when they come for their interview or assessment day. Psychometric tests help companies assess whether you would be right for the job so it’s important you don’t try to cheat them.

Use your own calculator

Using a mobile phone or calculator with tiny keys is definitely not advisable. Wasting time with unsuitable tools will put you at a disadvantage versus other applicants so ensure you have a good quality scientific calculator which you are familiar with.

Get a good night’s sleep

While question practice is essential to success staying up all night before your assessment is definitely not advisable. You need to be alert and sharp on the day of your assessment so make sure you get a good night sleep.

Read and re-read the question

It’s very important that you read and understand what the question is asking. Candidates who have practiced a similar question recently have been known to launch straight into their calculator without having fully grasped what the question is asking. Don’t be afraid to read the question slowly and re read it if necessary.

Revise your weakest areas

Everybody likes doing what they’re good at but when it comes to psychometric test preparation, practicing your weakest areas is an effective way to improve your overall performance.

Review the questions you got wrong

Candidates learn the most from questions they get incorrect. It’s important to invest time at the end of each test reviewing incorrect responses and understanding why they are incorrect.

Read the instructions carefully

Test publishers provide instructions before each psychometric test assessment. It’s very important to read these because they typically contain a lot of useful information such as how long the test will be, what format the questions will be in and whether it’s multiple choice.

Don’t get over confident

Thinking that psychometric tests are easy and no preparation is required is not advisable. They are designed to be challenging and investing sufficient time and energy preparing for them is essential to beat the competition.