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What exactly are aptitude tests?
As a jobseeker, your ability to understand, analyse and interpret numerical, written and visual information presented to you in test format can make all the difference when it comes to securing the job on offer.
Employers want to be sure they’re making the right hiring decision and the aptitude test is a proven tool used to identify those who are best equipped to carry out any given role. Aptitude tests are known to be used by at least 70% of employers as part of their hiring process, with your results being quantified and compared with those of a control group who have undertaken the same test.
These quick-fire tests, designed to assess your logical reasoning and thinking abilities, let employers gauge how you might perform on specific tasks or react to different situations.
Aptitude tests are strictly timed, consisting of a series of multiple choice questions delivered under headings including: numerical, verbal, non-verbal, spatial, mechanical and abstract reasoning.
The great thing about aptitude tests, besides the fact that they are a wonderful way of improving your thought processing and memory skills, is that you can prepare for them by brushing up on old mathematical and grammatical chestnuts.
Aptitude tests are held either online - in the comfort of your own home, or on paper as an adjunct to an interview.
There are thousands of aptitude tests out there, however some employers may also wish to further test candidates by asking them to give a presentation, produce a sample of work or complete an in-tray exercise relevant to the job criteria.
Things to keep in mind if you are due to sit an aptitude test:
- Ask in advance what type of questions you're likely to be asked - a phone call to the HR department is acceptable
- Brush up on basic grammar and mathematical problems - it's easy to forget the simple things over time
- Practice on a number of different tests to familiarise yourself with the area
- Give additional time to areas you are weakest in to help bring up your overall performance
- Use testing sites and forums to research how best to approach question types and answers
- Ask for feedback - aptitude test results are compared to a control group, so find out where exactly you rate