The following article provides you with the 6 best tips and methods to maximize your preparation process when facing an aptitude test or a cognitive ability test.
Have a question on Preparing for aptitude tests? Contact us!
If you have been invited to take an aptitude test, the best thing you could possibly do to maximize your chances of passing it is to know EXACTLY which test it is.
Here are several ways to do it:
You will not always be able to learn your actual test from the information you get, but as aptitude test experts, we are often able to “read between the lines” and help you with that – so feel free to contact us!
Unfortunately, many websites have made it their business to create one single generic product and to sell it as a magic solution for each and every test on the market, without even being transparent about it.
Googling things like “Company A Aptitude Test” is likely to land you on at least half a dozen such pages, yielding little to no information on the better scenario, and blatantly misleading information on the worse one.
If you have come across any website that allegedly prepares you for a particular test, make sure it at least corresponds with what you already know from Tip #1.
Here’s a rule of thumb – if the webpage is only a bucket list of general terms such as “numerical reasoning”, “verbal reasoning” etc. with nothing unique about the specific employer or test, it’s probably not going to help very much.
Assuming that you have found your exact test in Tip #1, and considering the warning in Tip #2, do your best to pick the most accurate and authentic preparation you can.
Accuracy does not only relate to the test content, but also to its design, structure, time constraints, etc.
The best preparation is achieved by replicating the actual test experience as closely as possible.
Why is the word ‘test’ in all-caps?
Because there is more to a test than just its content, and most test-prep resources out there put all the emphasis on the test content, and say nearly nothing about the test’s appearance, interface, special features, etc.
Just consider how the answers to the following questions will impact your preparation and in-test behavior:
When preparing, get as much information as you can on the test interface and rules, as they will have major impact on your preparation methods and overall performance.
After solving a question correctly, many candidates deem it unnecessary to take a look at the explanation.
However, that is rather counterproductive, as you may lose valuable information that could help you during the test, like more efficient solving methods, quick-solving tips, general recommendations for this type of question, etc.
Read the explanations for all questions, as they may contain valuable information.
Effective time management is one of the most crucial elements for success in nearly any test.
But, as a matter of fact, time management has two aspects:
Here are some questions to answer when practicing, to make sure you are making the most of your preparation:
Micro Time Management
Macro Time Management
When practicing for an aptitude test, take both micro and macro time management into account, and practice them proactively and purposefully.
That is one thing most test-prep websites will not tell you.
Practice is definitely, hands down the MOST important element in preparation, but it’s not the only one.
There is a lot you can do to prepare other than practicing, but the specifics heavily depend on the test features and what aids you are allowed to bring with you to the test.
Here are several examples:
However – one word of caution.
Test providers will sometimes require candidates to retest in a supervised setting, if there is suspicion that they’ve cheated. So, while you may practice with any aid you’d like, don’t use anything during the actual test that you wouldn’t use if it were proctored!
Throughout our website, whenever possible, we try to give you additional preparation methods, other than practice. You can also contact us with the specific test name and allowed aids, and we’ll think it through together!