Below we share with you some of the most common mistakes applicants make when preparing for and sitting their psychometric tests.

Insufficient question 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.

Not sticking to 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.

Getting friends to help: 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.

Not using 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.

Not getting enough sleep the night before: 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.

Not reading 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.

Not focusing revision time on 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.

Not reviewing 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.

Not reading 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.

Being 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.