In many ways, aptitude tests are most people’s first taste of what real life is all about. They represent the transition from childhood to adulthood and from innocence to experience. Suddenly you are competing against other people who want the same things you do. And there are limited resources, so not everybody is going to get what they want. It can be a truly eye-opening experience.
Fortunately, taking a career aptitude test doesn’t have to be a traumatic experience. If you prepare for these tests and do everything you can to give yourself a competitive edge, usually you can achieve your objectives and do well – or at least better than the other test takers who haven’t prepared as much or as well as you.
Be Aware of the Competition
A lot of people who take career aptitude tests think that they are just the next step in their regular academic progression. So they fail to give them the respect and importance that they deserve.
Then there are the people who grasp that their entire careers – in fact, the success of their entire lives – could depend on how well they perform on their career aptitude tests. These are the people who are going to be your primary competition.
Smart people who understand the importance of career aptitude tests will be fully prepared for them, so you need to be prepared as well. Don’t be among the group of foolish people who take these tests for granted or don’t understand how important they are. You need to study, practice, and do everything you can to improve your chances of doing better than your competitors.
Attitude Is Everything
When it comes to general aptitude tests and career aptitude exams, confidence is worth as much as knowledge. If you go into the test timid, unprepared, or anxious, it’s going to be reflected in your final score. Only by being confident and knowing that you are going to do well on the test can you actually do your best.
So how can you gain this much confidence? The key to being confident is preparing fully for the test. You can have a positive mental attitude if you consider the aptitude test as a chance for you to demonstrate your ability and outshine the other competitors. Don’t think of the test as just another onerous task that you need to get over with. Think of it as your stage, your chance to be in the spotlight, and your chance to shine brighter than the competition.
Practice Makes Perfect
In the months and weeks leading up to the test, you are going to need to practice like mad. Be committed in your practicing: Set aside a large block of time every day to prepare. Start practicing as early as possible – 90 days isn’t too far out. Make time in your life for practicing for this important test and start right now.
Once you’ve started studying and taking practice tests, keep at it until you’ve taken the sample tests dozens of times. The more familiar you are with the type of questions on the test and how to complete the test within the designated time period, the more prepared you will be on test day.
Think of the test as a performance. Like an athletic performance, a dance recital, or a state play, the more time you can spend rehearsing and practicing, the better you will do during the actual event. But the career aptitude test is more important than any single athletic game or performance because the outcome could influence the rest of your life.
Do Your Homework
The more you know about the specific test you will be taking, the better prepared you will be to succeed. Reach out to the company you are applying to in order to learn the format of the test. Will it be multiple choice? Fill in the blank? Essay? Will you be interviewed by a person from human resources or have to face a committee of people?
While all of these things may sound intimidating, you can do well on any of them if you have time to prepare and are diligent in your practice and preparation. But you have to understand what you are getting into first.
Don’t Let Hurdles Get in Your Way
One of the best ways to improve your chances of success is not to let setbacks stop you. Invariably, there are going to be questions you can’t answer or problems that will stump you. Don’t worry about them. Skip over them and move on to questions you can answer.
Experience is the best teacher. So the more experience you can get with practice tests and rehearsing your performance, the better you will be when it comes to take the test for real.