It is really quite a normal response from a teenager or school leaver to feel fearful, or nervous to undergo psychometric testing. This is probably because of the stigma attached to tests while still at school level. Tests end with results that can affect whether you pass to the next grade, or have to remain behind, if you think of the school situation. Career psychometric testing is however, nothing at all to be fearful of. The results from this kind of testing do definitely not define your future, but rather offer guidance of which direction would be best for you. This is an opportunity that you should revel in, rather than run from. There are of course ways to prepare yourself for psychometric testing, many of which are things that will benefit your life in general.
Practise Makes Perfect
As with anything in life, the more you practise something, the better you become at it, and the more comfortable you feel taking part in it. Whether it be sport, or music, practise does eventually make perfect, and the same can be said for psychometric testing.
Perhaps it is a good idea to take part in online or practice tests in order to familiarise yourself with the types of questions that will be asked, and to ensure that you understand exactly what is being asked. Remember that each time you partake in a practice test, your results will not be the same. Results of psychometric testing are not the be all and end all when it comes to results. As you practise, you will begin to understand the questions and what is expected of you when answering, and you will find it easier to be confident giving answers. You will find that areas where you possible showed some weakness, will improve with each test.
Eat For Intelligence
A healthy diet is an excellent regime to become accustomed to, not just as preparation for psychometric testing, but for performance and concentration in all areas of life. There are so many foods that you can eat that are known for their brain boosting properties. Foods that encourage the development and well-being of new cells and connection within the brain, and promote the flow of life-giving oxygen to all the areas of the brain.
Exercise For Good Health and Well-being
Exercise is a wonderful way to relieve stress and allow your mind the opportunity to focus on the tasks at hand. Exercise is a wonderful way of getting the blood pumping, which in turn allows the oxygen to flow. The “feel good” chemical serotonin is released during exercise which is why your mood is so enhanced after a good session of exercise. This chemical also boosts your feelings of confidence, and having great confidence levels, allows you to believe in yourself that much more. If you are not one that enjoys jogging or activities that you do alone, take up a sport where you can be part of a team.
Read, Take Quizzes, Brush Up On General Knowledge
In the months preceding your psychometric testing, do yourself justice by practising number puzzles, doing crosswords or sudoku, read as much as you can, anything that can boost your general knowledge or understanding of verbal and numerical reasoning. This is not only relevant to psychometric testing preparation, but is something that everyone should do at all times. Knowledge is power, empower yourself.
Water Is Life
Drinking water is the perfect way to prevent dehydration. Dehydration does not only affect your body, but your brain cells as well. Dehydrated brain cells reduce in size. Water flushes toxins from the body, allowing you to feel more healthy, and much more energised. Drinking the correct amount of water each day promotes good health, the bodily organs are kept functioning at optimum levels.
Getting a good night sleep, and by that I mean, a good restful night sleep, is the best way to ensure that you wake in the morning ready to take on the world, full of energy and excitements. Perhaps begin a bedtime routine. Take a warm bath or shower, sit quietly and gather your thoughts while drinking some sleep enhancing herbal tea, climb into bed and try to switch your mind off from the days occurrences. If you sleep well, you can be sure that your brain and body will not be tired or lethargic in the morning. You’ll wake, ready to get the day started on the front foot.
Take Up Meditation
Meditation is a great way to teach your brain to let go of everything that has been troubling you, block out any distractions, and focus only on the task at hand. This is a great way to calm yourself, or ground yourself when situations become heated or too stressful for you to handle.
On Test Morning
Wake from your excellent, restful night sleep, have a relaxing shower or bath and dress. Brush your teeth and hair. Make sure that you eat a hearty breakfast that will feed your brain during the course of the testing period. Drink plenty of water beforehand to ensure you don’t dehydrate. You will tend to perspire if nervous and this will cause you to lose body fluid. You are also not sure whether the testing facility will be adequately ventilated so be prepared. Ensure that you have all the necessary pencils, erasers, and perhaps an extra. If you are able to make use of a calculator, it is best to take one you are familiar with, one on which you know how to use the function keys, and definitely one that has batteries that aren’t flat.
You are ready to take this evaluation, and the conquer the world. Don’t let this be an obstacle to your success, use it as a stepping stone to greatness. Take all the feedback and advice given to you eagerly, and make use of it when making your final decision. Your career is something that is going to be your life’s work, treat it as such.