How to prepare for logical testing

As we've written about in a previous post, psychometric tests are becoming a standard part of the recruitment process at many companies. Especially if you're looking for a job in data and analytics, you can expect the recruiter to ask you to complete some sort of a cognitive assessment at some point.

Many of the tests in the market today are based on the same structure, but the questions of course vary. When you comprehend the underlying structure, you can feel more confident and get a better approach when completing it.

There are two categories of tests - classical and adaptive ones. The first thing you should do is to figure out what category of test you will be faced with, and adjust your strategy accordingly. 

Classical tests have a time limit for the whole test, and you can jump back and forward through the different questions. In these types of tests, it can be worth guessing the correct answer when you face a tough problem, move on to the next one and then return if you have time for that in the end. You should try to give an answer to all questions in the test.

This doesn’t work for adaptive tests, where the questions are presented depending on your previous answers. If you answer correctly, you will get a harder question next, and the opposite if you answer incorrectly. There is usually a time limit for each question as well, and you won't be able to go back and revise your response. In these cases, it is best to avoid guessing and make use of the time provided for each assignment to find the correct answer.

The second thing you can do for enhancing your test result is to practice by completing some tests that are similar to the real one. 

Here are some useful resources for free practice on logical tests:

discovermyprofile.com

assessmentday.co.uk

talentlens.co.uk

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