If you are scheduled to take an online aptitude test for entry into a college or university or as part of the application process for a job or career, the idea of one test being responsible for your entire future can be intimidating.
But it doesn’t have to be. You probably already have been studying hard, following the standard textbooks, and already understand the concepts you need to know thoroughly. Perhaps you’ve already looked at previous years’ tests and other sample tests for an idea of what kinds of questions to expect.
There’s more you can do, however. Here are some secret strategies that will help you prepare for any type of online aptitude test and improve your results.
Devote Two Weeks to the Exam
If this test is so important to your future, then you need to take it seriously and devote a minimum of two weeks preparing for it. This should be the two weeks prior to the exam date.
If you are working, take vacation time so you don’t have to worry about going to your job as you prepare for the test. Tell your family and friends that you aren’t going to be available for a while. You need to be serious about this test if you truly want to do well on it. After all, it could be the one thing in your life that could make a difference on the rest of your future.
Don’t go on the Internet, put your gaming console in the closet, and disconnect the TV cable. Literally lock yourself in your room with your laptop or tablet and be prepared to devote all of your waking hours to preparing for this single test. It really is that important.
Break Your Preparation Up into Steps
If you know the subjects you will be tested on, one successful strategy is to break your preparation up into steps.
For example, if you are preparing for the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE), there will be various subjects under this main category that will be on the test. Break these subjects into chapters and sections, divide these by the amount of time you have to prepare – in this case 14 days – and then designate a period of time for each subject.
Let’s say there are six different areas of study you anticipate will be on the test. You have 14 days to prepare. Set aside two days at the end for final review, which leaves you 12 days. Now all you have to do is divide 12 by 6 and you get 2 days per subject. Spend the first two days on the first subject, the second two days on the second, and so on.
End Each Day By Taking a Sample Test
For each day of your preparation time, find a sample test or a previous years’ exam online and take it as a practice test. Give yourself the same amount of time you would be given if you were taking it for real, such as one hour, two hours, and so on.
This helps train your mind to complete the test within the designated time. By the end of the two week period you literally will be an expert at taking the exact type of online aptitude test you are going to sit for.
Use the Best Source Materials
For every possible subject on a general aptitude test, there are books and other source materials that are considered the absolute bibles on the subject. Finding out which ones these are is simple: You simply search online. There are bound to be dozens of people who have already gone through exactly what you are about to experience and who are more than happy to share their experience and recommend the best source materials to you.
Find these materials, make them part of your study plan, and you will be expertly prepared for each specific subject. Don’t be intimidated if the book is very thick and dense with information. You can always skip over the chapters and materials that don’t apply to your course of study.
Schedule Break Times
“All work and no play make Jack a dull boy.” You may have heard this expression and it’s going to apply to you during the two weeks you prepare. For every four hours of study, schedule one 20 minute break period. During this time, keep your mind fresh and engaged by doing something creative and healthy.
That doesn’t mean chatting online with your friends or watching silly YouTube videos. Instead, listen to music that inspires you, get outside and breathe in some fresh air. Read a poem that has meaning to you. The goal is to refresh your mind while staying focused at the same time.
Finish Each Day with a Review
The best way to retain the material you have studied is to end each study day with a review of all the material you covered during that particular day. Compile this information onto a single sheet and save it so that on the final two days of your two-week preparation time you can use these 12 sheets to review everything.
If you use these techniques, you are assured to do well on the online general aptitude test. That means you can go into the test with confidence.