Practice Makes Perfect – 5 top tips to get the best results on cognitive ability tests
Teri Fairchild, Corporate Coach and author of ‘Mentor Me!’ quotes that “53% of a persons’ on the job success is down to their cognitive ability”. Just one of the many reasons that employers test verbal and numerical reasoning as part of their selection process. Here are a few tips to help you get the best results:
Read the instructions carefully
This may seem obvious. But it is easy to risk your score simply because you may have missed something crucial to the test that was in the instructions. Prepare in advance anything you may need such as reading glasses and screen size.
Manage your time
You should work at a speed you are comfortable with. You can get an idea of the speed of the test and your own speed at answering through practice tests. The best scores will be achieved through a balance of speed and accuracy. Get used to where the timer appears on the screen so that you can easily check how long you have left. Make sure you can find a time to take the real test when you won’t be interrupted and/or feel rushed.
Familiarise yourself with online reading
If you’re not used to reading online, practice! You won’t have the time to print and read the questions as you would read your Sunday morning paper. Get used to reading anything online such as news and articles.
Balance your speed and accuracy – generally speaking it’s better not to rush even if you’re running out of time. Your score will likely be higher if you answer one question correctly over three questions incorrectly.
Practice practice practice!
Above all else, practice. Familiarise yourself with how long the test will take you, the sort of questions you may be asked and then keep practicing and revise for any areas that you find more difficult. CEB have a range of practice tests and example questions to help you prepare for the real thing.