What is technical aptitude?
Technical aptitude refers to skills of a more technical nature (eg those related to physics, mechanics or software engineering) as well as quantitative ability (maths, numeracy, etc).
Step 1: Bring your tools
Prepare things like a stopwatch, rough paper, pens, pencil, and a calculator. If your test is being conducted in an assessment center, then the staff will ask you to use the things that they provide you. But you should bring your toolbox with you. You will know how to use your stuff like a calculator. Getting used to new things will take time, and there is already less time given for the test, so every second is essential.
Avoid borrowing from others as it will divert your attention and will waste your time as well. Just concentrate on your paper.
Step 2: Manage your time well
Technical skill tests are lengthy and have tricky questions. Different companies have different formats of technical tests. Some conduct technical tests online while some ask the candidates to give them in an assessment center. Similarly, the time duration given for the test is also different. Before delivering the test, roughly calculate the time you can spend on solving a question. Then stick to that timing and try to answer maximum questions within the given time.
Step 3: Ask the employer if you have any confusion
Since the questions are complicated in a technical skill test. There might be some questions that confuse you. Don’t hesitate to ask the staff member near you. Maybe the employer can guide you and tell you about some point that you are missing. Be confident while you are speaking. Don’t show your nervousness as it will not leave a good impression on the employee.
Step 4: Read the instructions carefully
Technical skill tests take time for solving. Before solving the paper, read all the instructions carefully. These instructions will help you in solving the questions more easily. Always read a problem thoroughly, understand what it is asking, and then answer precisely. Remember your goal is to solve maximum questions correctly in the given time.
Step 5: Practice different sample tests
The best way to ace these tests is to practice as many sample tests as you can. By practicing various model tests, you will get familiar with the format. You will be able to sharpen your technical skills by practicing tests. Practicing before the test will save you from sleepless nights before the real exam. Practice will boost your confidence, improve your speed and accuracy.
Step 6: Ask for feedback
Always ask for feedback from the organization to you applied for a job. Feedback will help you to know the answers to all questions, the ones you got correct and the ones you got wrong. If you fail the test, you can identify your weak areas and practice to improve them. Through feedback, you can prepare in a better way whenever appearing for another skill test.
Step 7: Have a good night’s sleep before the test
Your brain will work well if you have taken enough rest. Tests can be hectic, but try to get eight hours of sleep at least the night before the test. So that you have the energy for working. If you do not eat or sleep properly, your brain won’t be able to function correctly on the test day. That can be a problem when you have done hard work.
There are more than a hundred candidates that apply for a specific position in a company. You have to prepare yourself in a way that you can perform more good than them. Prepare for technical skill tests like any other test. Studying for these tests will increase your knowledge and experience. The more practice you will do the more chances you will have to pass the test. Don’t consider this skill tests a burden. Remember you are preparing yourself for the future.