Tips for psychometric tests

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The term “psychometric test” typically, but not always, implies that the test has been “psychometrically calibrated”. That is, human responses to the stimuli have been coded by a psychometrician into a set of non-negative integers. These integers are usually called “test scores”; and are subject to analysis using psychometric assessment, which are essentially a subset of Machine Learning models. This is done to assess how well the test has performed, namely to see if it actually assessed what it is was supposed to assess and if it has done so reliably. Psychometric calibration is what makes a psychometric test different from a classroom quiz or an internet based survey. Without such calibration there is no real evidence that the test actually does what its authors say it does.

For ability tests like aptitude, IQ etc. the more you practice the better you’ll get. Ability is like a muscle, the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets. Of course, aptitude plays a role. E.g. if you have an aptitude for numbers you will pick them up faster and with lesser effort. But this doesn’t mean that practice won’t help if you don’t have a natural flair for a particular ability.

An online assessment tool helps recruiters to take technical interviews to evaluate the candidate’s performance. These are cost-effective and time-saving as they provide instant results so that the recruiter can hire the right candidate that fits with the organizational goal. In today’s digital age where everyone has access to the internet and a laptop or smart phone, online Tests are proving to be a really good and reliable source to hire eligible and deserving candidates.

Many employers try to know about this via CV and Interview. Some subscribe to Online Assessments to know about the knowledge, skills, and psychological characteristics (like how fast will you learn something that involves a lot of number crunching, how fast will you learn something that involves reading complex textual information, how comfortable do you feel being part of a group, how much futuristic thinking you have).

  • Time management– While some students learn the best thru last-minute cramming, it’s generally accepted that for the majority of us (especially those going thru this list) this is not the best way to prepare an exam. Here is where study schedules come handy. Creating a study schedule that fits your style of studying is important as you know yourself the best. Sometimes, you may find a concept or a subject relatively easy compared to another subject. Giving yourself time to concentrate on each subject based on its difficulty level is the backbone of any good study schedule.
  • Opt for a spacious environment– Concentrating on one thing is hard when you study amidst a clutter as there might be plenty of distractions. Organizing your space is very important as it ensures that you have enough space to pull out all your books related to your exam to study. Comfortable lighting, seating and ambience (silence, soft music, etc) also go a long way.
  • Practice in advance– Some of you might learn better with paragraphs of notes and some of you might learn better with diagrams and flow charts. Hence making your own notes goes a long way in making studying easier and more interesting. Using your own ideas to write down notes in brief format can be helpful when you want to quickly revise everything for the exam.
  • Go for group studies– Studying in a group can help you get the answers you need and go through concepts faster. You can take turns explaining the different concepts that you know well to each other. That way they become clearer and will highlight the areas you need to work on while you also learn the concepts you aren’t familiar with.
  • Practice as much as you can– Mock tests help you measure your knowledge and understanding of a concept. Timed practice papers give you a fair idea of the amount of time you would spend for each question and question type. And as they say, practice makes a person perfect (sort of).
  • Give yourself a break– Knowing when to take a break is a skill only the gifted possess but it’s a skill we normal folks can acquire. Taking breaks very often can distract but at the same time not taking enough breaks can exhaust. Try to find the break time that works in your favour.
  • Keep some light snacks by your side– Everyone deserves a treat after working hard and you are no exception. What you snack on can really impact your energy levels and focus. Keeping your body and brain functioning like a well oiled machine by healthy snacking is very helpful in the long run. The same applies on the day of the exam. A healthy full meal before the exam is very important. Sugar sounds appealing, but your energy levels will crash to rock bottom in about an hour later.
  • Schedule your exam– The day of the exam is the last day you want to be rushing about. Pack everything in advance and make sure to check the rules and regulations. Plan out your time of exam. Have a rough idea of how long it will take to complete the exam center and start a bit earlier as you do not want the added anxiety of not completing the exam on time. 

This psychometric assessment can be taken by anyone. They first start with easy to read paragraphs or a data analysis questionnaire. Companies use psychometric tests because it helps to examine and analyze the hidden traits of the employees. Companies use psychometric tests because it helps to examine and analyze the hidden traits of the employees.

Not having the right employees in positions costs a company in many ways: poor quality products; poor service to customers; turnover – yes, turnover is costly; poor morale and performance (the employees who are very good see the lack of dedication in the slackers or incompetent hires and perform worse, so the company loses its proverbial edge). Vacancies can also be costly. So hiring the right person the first time around is important.