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ACER stands for the Australian Council for Educational Research, and is associated with the assessment provider Testgrid. ACER tests are designed to give a broad picture of an individual’s abilities, and are used by universities, schools, employers and other training organisations.
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ACER abstract reasoning test
Questions are presented in the form of shapes, patterns, diagrams and puzzles. Your job is to look for relationships between the images to deduce which shape is ‘missing’.
These tests can be particularly challenging if you’re not familiar with the question style or format, so we always recommend trying out as many mock tests and questions as you can before you take the ACER abstract reasoning test.
ACER mechanical reasoning test
This test covers the basic principles of mechanics and physics – including everything from cause and effect, to energy, pulleys and levers.
In just 20 minutes, you’ll be required to answer 42 different questions. The question format usually requires you to look at a diagram or illustration, theb answer a multiple-choice question about the physics or mechanics.
Unlike many mechanical reasoning tests, only a basic knowledge of mechanical principles is required. This is because the test is designed to assess your basic ability to understand the principles.
However, it never hurts to brush up on topics such as gears, clamps, weights, conveyor belts, shafts and wheels to give yourself the best chance of success.
How to pass ACER tests
1) Gather all your information
It sounds obvious, but before starting your preparation for the ACER tests it’s helpful to ensure you have all the information you need. This includes which specific test or tests you’re taking, whether that test will be online or on paper, and when and where it is.
2) Practice makes perfect
The single best way you can prepare for an ACER test is to practice. Trying out mock questions and full tests will help you get used to the question formatting, identify any areas of weakness and improve in both speed and accuracy. Make sure you take practice tests in exam-style conditions to simulate the real experience.
3) Make revision fun
It can get dull repeating old tests. If you want to mix things up, why not try computer games with a mathematical spin, asking a friend to test you on passages from your favourite novel. or puzzles that challenge your abstract reasoning skills.
4) Try a new perspective
On the test itself, if you’re struggling to answer a question, don’t panic. Instead, try looking at things from a new angle. Does reading the answers first help you to see things differently? Can you eliminate any answers that are definitely wrong to help you make an educated guess?
5) Timings are key
At the start of the test, make a rough note of how long you have to complete the test and work out how long that gives you for each question. Trying to stick to this will help you not to get stuck on anything too tricky. Remember, you can always go back to a question at the end of the test if you have time.
How are ACER tests scored?
You’ll be given both a raw score (the number of questions you answered correctly) as well as a scale score (your result compared to the results of other people sitting the same test). A high scale score indicates you have done a good job.
Are ACER tests difficult?
The ACER tests are designed to be challenging to get the most out of people and to give those setting the tests a really clear idea of an individual’s strengths and weaknesses. That said, with lots of practice and preparation you can make a real difference to your score.
How long is an ACER test?
The ACER tests vary in length. Make sure you take note of roughly how long you have to answer each question at the beginning of the test.
What is the ACER scholarship test?
It’s a test used across Australia to identify academically gifted students for scholarships. The test isn’t focused on the curriculum; instead it requires students to showcase a range of different skills, including deductive reasoning and critical thinking, to prove their suitability for scholarship.
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What our customers say about our ACER tests
September 10, 2021
Very complicated questions
I liked that the test was complicated and I enjoyed it, but I disliked the part where it was way too complicated for young people.
August 18, 2021
I found it difficult, especially when I don't really have that much knowledge about currency, yet I think this test would be suitable for math enthusiasts.
May 19, 2021
I thought some of the maths was off but that could just be because I didn't understand what the answer you wanted was.
April 29, 2021
Questions were WAYYY too complex and time consuming
Now, I understand that, because the questions were a tad bit harder, the time limit was a bit more generous. However, It doesn't matter how big the time limit is, because it does not compensate for how complex the questions are. They're not testing me to think.
Evan Van Der Byl
April 27, 2021
I like the difficulty, however the wording of some of the questions was more challenging then the exercise
April 16, 2021
Relates to topics learnt from the past
The fact that all the questions were similar but used different graphs.
April 06, 2021
The difficulty seemed higher than expected
March 16, 2021
great range of questions!
super great to get experience with these questions
Huong Chan D CHAN D Nguyen
March 08, 2021
It was pretty hard
I didn't like that you had to calculate lots of stuff.
March 05, 2021
Have done very little math in years so very rusty.