- How long should I spend preparing for my psychometric tests?
- How long should I spend on each question?
- What if the test conditions are not right for me?
- What do I do if I have a disability?
- My Math and English are great. Should I bother practising?
How long should I spend preparing for my psychometric tests?
Spend as much time as you can on preparing for your test. Our careers advisory team suggests starting as early as the end of your first year of study. The better you score, the more likely you are to secure the role. You will feel more relaxed and confident on the day if you have done lots of preparation.
How long should I spend on each question?
Most tests are timed so you need a balance between accuracy and speed. If you guess and go too fast, your score may suffer. If you take too long and don't complete the test, it will have an impact on your score. Don't dwell on one question for too long. Move on to the next and come back to it later, if you have time. Employers are looking for accuracy and how you cope under pressure. Some tests are designed so that you are unlikely to complete all the questions. The rough rule is to answer at least one question per minute.
What if the test conditions are not right for me?
If you are not comfortable in the room due to factors such as light or room temperature, make the test administrator aware of this before the test begins. They can make reasonable adjustments before, but not during the test.
Being in a good physical and mental state is vital when taking a test. Plenty of sleep and exercise can help towards being alert and energetic. If you are not well on the day, contact the employer as soon as possible to see if you can rearrange.
What do I do if I have a disability?
If you have a disability such as dyslexia or a visual impairment, you will need to contact the employer in advance. Inform them of your situation so that they can make reasonable adjustments for you prior to the test. This could include:
- Additional test time
- Equipment e.g. Braille keyboards, loop systems or writing paper to suit your needs
- Providing a reader, writer or signer
These tests are designed to ensure a fair and objective process so ensure your needs are met. Visit EmployAbility for more help or contact DMU's Disability Advice and Support team.
My Maths and English are great. Should I bother with practising?
The job market is highly competitive, so doing well in your numerical or verbal reasoning tests is important. It is always useful to get familiar with the format of these tests so there are no major surprises on your assessment day.