Online vs. Written Practice Materials for Psychometric Test Prep

JobTestPrep’s Online Practice Materials vs. Written Practice Materials for Psychometric Test Prep

Written By: Jennifer Feldman

It is becoming increasingly more popular for employers to give graduates online psychometric tests as part of the recruitment process. The psychometric test is used to gain insight into a potential employee’s skill sets, character traits, working style, and ability to handle a workload. Gone are the days of the paper-and-pen test. With a computer-based test comes a whole new set of challenges job seekers should be aware of. Let’s take a look at a typical selection process used by some top employers.

Now that you understand what a typical selection process looks like, it’s time to discover how to best prepare. I am here to outline the five benefits of using online practice materials—online practice tests, interactive study guides, video tutorials, and online interview practice—over traditional written practice materials, i.e. books, paper practice tests, and offline courses.

  1. Why Practise Riding a Bike When You Want to Learn How to Drive a Car?

The first step of the job selection process displayed above is sending in an application online, followed by online assessments, a Skype interview, and, finally, an in-person assessment day. As a candidate, you must pass three out of six steps of the application process online before you even make it to the in-person assessment day. Once you make it to the assessment day, you will face shorter versions of the online assessments. As most of the selection process is to be tackled online, it is best to prepare with online resources.

  1. Learn How to Use the Clock to Your Benefit

Unlike the old-fashioned paper exams, when taking a computer-based exam, there is a digital timer reminding you how much time is left in the test. Here is an inside tip: most tests are not meant to be completed. Therefore, it’s okay if you do not cover all the material, nor should you let the time constraint control you. That being said, a great way to gain an advantage over other candidates is to be familiar with pacing yourself. Also helpful is learning how to use the time clock. Practising online with is the easiest way to do this. JobTestPrep enables you to practise in two different modes: Practice Mode which includes a detailed answer explanation for every question and Timed Mode which simulates the time constraints of the actual exam. Practising with the timer is a gamechanger. You can learn how to manage your time as well as increase your chances of finishing assessments. Take a look at this free practice aptitude test from JobTestPrep to understand how these features work.

  1. Get Instant Feedback

When you take online practice, you receive instant feedback whether you answered the question correctly or incorrectly. If you got a question wrong, you can learn how to solve it, right then and there, while the question is still fresh in your head. You can also get detailed score reports that track your progress. Using both score reports with explanations and test-taking hacks can save you valuable time on the actual exam. When you use traditional written materials, you are not exposed to this valuable feedback.

  1. It’s Time to Teach an Old Horse New Tricks

Unfortunately, the old strategies you used for taking a pen-and-paper exam are completely different than those needed for taking an online exam. When you take an online exam, you can’t star hard items, write yourself little notes, or skip around as easily. A common dilemma you may encounter when taking an online exam is whether you should take educated guesses on more questions or answer fewer questions more accurately. The answer is that you need to strike a balance. Overall, getting good marks on fewer questions is better than finishing the assessment and getting a poor mark.

  1. Access Up-to-Date Resources

One of the best benefits of using online resources is that obsolete materials can easily be updated. When you use a preparation book or e-book, you need to make sure it has current information.

Let the evidence speak for itself in the battle between online materials and written practice materials. My recommendation is out with the old and in with the new. Online products are the best way to prepare. Take a look at these online practice materials for:

This article was contributed by Jennifer Feldman. She is a speech and language expert and blogger at JobTestPrep. She specialises in writing about the employment hiring process.

 

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