Psychometric tests are increasingly being used by employers as a way to identify the best possible candidates for open positions. While they were once used mostly overseas, they are now finding their way into this country so that an entire new generation of young people is becoming highly familiar with them.
If you haven’t had to take a psychometric test yet and if you are going to be looking for a new job anytime soon, odds are, you probably will encounter one at some point during your journey to a new employment. That’s why it’s important to learn how to perform well on them, whether you are taking one in the near future or not.
Improving Your Chances in Life
Learning how to ace a psychometric test is a skill everybody needs. The most important thing you can do to improve your performance is to prepare for them. Typically, psychometric tests will be aimed at measuring your general knowledge, as well as your math and verbal skills. While these may or may not be specifically related to the job you are applying for, they are a measure of overall intelligence, as well as problem-solving ability.
To succeed on a psychometric test, you need to prepare ahead of time. Fortunately, there are a lot of different places you can go both online and in the real world in order to get the practice you need to do well on them.
With that in mind, here are six fast, simple and effective things you can do to improve your performance on the next psychometric test you have to take.
‘Psych Out’ the Psychometrics
Understanding what psychometric tests are meant to measure can help you improve how well you do on them. Companies use psychometric tests to weed out unqualified or unwanted candidates for certain positions. Universities also use them to find the best candidates for admission, especially for post-graduate programs. Either way, these tests are generally aimed at finding the best people.
Psychometric tests are a great way to take a big group of people and weed them down to a very elite group. How small this group is depends on the company or university conducting the test. They are free to choose whatever percentage of top performers they want.
For example, if there are a thousand people applying for a certain post-graduate program, but there are only 10 spots available, the psychometric test can be used to identify the top 1% of people who took the test.
Similarly, if there are 100 applicants for a particular promotion within a company or a new job, but there is only 1 position, the company may decide to consider the top 10 people and bring them in for a personal interview.
Be Prepared for the Test Taking
Taking tests can be intimidating. But you can improve your chances of doing well on the psychometric test by preparing yourself for the physical act of taking the test.
Most psychometric tests today are taken online, either at a facility that you need to travel to or in your own home. If you are required to go someplace to take the test, see if you can visit the facility ahead of time in order to familiarize yourself with what to expect. This will make you feel more comfortable when you arrive later to take the actual test.
Unlike other standardized tests, psychometric tests usually don’t last several hours. In fact, many are over within 15 minutes or less, although this can vary on the purpose for the test. In some cases, how quickly you finish the test is included in the measurement of your performance.
Dress for Success
It’s important that you are comfortable while taking the test. But you also don’t want to be too casual because the person administering the test may have some influence on the decision making process. If you show up for the test in shorts or sweats, they may think you aren’t serious enough for the position being filled.
Attitude Is Everything
There really is such a thing as “Positive Mental Attitude”. If you think you are going to do well on the psychometric test, the odds of you performing better are higher. Get a good night’s sleep the night before, prepare as much as possible, and have high expectations for your performance.
Take Practice Tests
With a little searching online you can easily find many practice psychometric tests that you can use to prepare yourself for the real thing. Practice timing yourself so you can move through the questions quickly and confidently.
Challenge yourself to do better if you don’t answer all of the questions correctly the first time through. The more practice tests you can take, the better your chances of encountering actual questions you may see on the real thing.