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How To Do Well In Tests

There are several things you can do to improve your performance when it comes to selection tests. If you bear the following in mind you'll give yourself the best chance of doing well:

Before the tests

  • Read any relevant newspapers, journals, reports  
  • Do verbal problem–solving exercises (e.g. crosswords)
  • Study tables or data
  • Practice doing math’s calculations and your mental arithmetic  
  • Get a good night's sleep
  • If you have a disability, please contact the test administrator beforehand to discuss how it might affect you when taking the test. We'll be happy to provide any additional equipment and support you may need.

During the test

  • Listen to the instructions  
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions if you are unsure about what is expected of you
  • Make sure you understand the examples  
  • Work quickly but accurately  
  • If you find one particular question difficult, don't spend too much time on it – either come back to it or make an educated guess  
  • Mark your answers properly. If you are asked to fully blacken a circle, make sure you do so as some answer sheets are marked by computer. If your answer is not clear, you will lose marks  
  • For each test, there'll be a time limit. But don't panic if you don't finish all the questions, they're designed to be challenging

Frequently, the best applicants don't manage to finish.

After the test

Find out when you will be given the results of your tests. Ask if feedback will be given on your performance and, if so, in what format. If your results aren't what you hoped for, don't be disheartened. This is very much a learning process and the Recruitment Specialist can talk through your results directly or via the Agency/Source that you applied through and give you constructive feedback.

And that’s not all. To help you throughout the application process, we’ve also provided advice and guidance for preparing for an interview, selection events and how to do well in tests because we want to help you do your best on the day.

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