Having to undergo a psychometric evaluation is a really daunting thought for an adult, let alone a young teen who is just leaving school and seeking a career path that will find them the success they deserve. It is important for school leavers to realise that there is nothing to be afraid of when referring to psychometric testing, the process is in place to help you get the most out of your future, making use of your most valuable assets, your abilities and your personality.
There are ways to better prepare yourself for psychometric testing, ways to improve your comfort with the process, and your confidence in being able to complete the task at hand successfully.
Tips To Beat Psychometric Testing Blues
Everybody hates taking tests, some more than others, but, they have to be taken at some point in your lifetime. To successfully navigate your way through psychometric testing there are a few tips you can use to boost you chances of making the grade you expect from yourself.
Firstly you must remember that although this is a test, it is one that you cannot pass or fail. The test is in place to measure your abilities, aptitude, and personality in different areas, and different situations.
It is a good idea to learn the ins and outs of psychometric testing, and the the techniques required to successfully navigate the actual test. Yes, you may have just finished top of your class at school, however, this does not guarantee that you will be able to take the test with ease. These kinds of tests are taken under timed conditions, and are designed in a very different format to your normal school or university style tests. You will need to develop a new set of skills and techniques.
As with anything where performance is required, it is always a good choice to keep yourself in peak condition both physically, and mentally. In order to produce the best results, you have to be in the best condition. You will need all the energy you can get to navigate your way through the maze of questions.
Take up exercise some time in advance so that you feel the benefits long before the test date arrives. It would be wise to exercise regularly anyway. Exercise increases blood flow to the brain, taking with it oxygen that feeds the brain cells. Exercise is also a great stress reliever, and a perfect way to focus you thoughts on anything but your task at hand. The “feel good” chemical produced during exercise will give your confidence the boost it needs to believe in your abilities, and yourself.
Eating a healthy diet is good practice in all areas of life. Eat a hearty breakfast to get your mind energised for the day. Select foods that are rich in brain boosting power like leafy green vegetable, and believe it or not dark chocolate.
Sleep well. Restful sleep is the fastest route to performing well. If you are tired, you are sure to lack in either you intelligence or aptitude tests. A tired brain cannot focus, or concentrate on any one task. You will probably find that once you begin regular exercise, sleep will come more easily. Following a bedtime routine is also a great way to trigger that part of your brain that says sleep is imminent.
Practice online psychometric tests, and familiarise yourself with the questions you could be faced with. You will find that as you begin to take part in the tests online, your scores will probably better themselves each time. Becoming familiar with the test questions or types of questions will definitely give you the edge you need.
Increase your own vocabulary and numeracy skills. Read as much as you can about anything and everything. Reading will increase your vocabulary, while selecting different sources of reading material will increase your general knowledge skill set. Doing crosswords and word searches also trains the brain. Sudoku, and number puzzles while exercising your brain, will also improve how you solve problems.
Know what time limitations you will be presented with in the tests and set yourself milestones. Don’t fret if you don’t finish all the questions as you will be scored on what you have answered. The tests are designed so that only about 2% of the human race will actually successfully complete all the questions. If you don’t know an answer, make an educated guess, and move on to areas you know you will score well.
Find out beforehand if you are permitted to use any kind of tools during the tests like a calculator for instance. In this case you will want to use a tool you are familiar with, which you know works, and one which you are comfortable using the functions on.
When preparing for the personality part of the psychometric testing, the most important thing to remember is to be as honest as you possibly can. Telling white lies will only trigger lie scale and render your test useless. Besides that, you are only cheating yourself out of results that could help you find your true path to happiness, and success.
The Final Verdict
Psychometric testing is not the be all and end all of what you are going to do with your life. These tests are in place to be used in conjunction one-on-one evaluations with the career psychologist who has scored your tests, and done the necessary feedback.
The career psychologist will evaluate you on a more subjective level and explain to you where your strengths and weaknesses lie, and how that affects what career choices you will be best suited to. Of course, they can’t and won’t dictate to you what you must do, they will simply show you where you need to improve if there is a particular field you want to enter.
Go into these tests with an open mind it you really want to get the most out of them. The career psychologist is there to assist you in any way they can. They will not judge you for any choices you make or answers you provide.
Don’t fear the tests, embrace them.