IQ AND APTITUDE TESTS
IQ & Aptitude tests are commonplace in today’s career assessment centres. To learn how to pass reasoning tests read the following information and tips which will help you to gain a better understanding of what these tests mean and how you can pass them.
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IQ and Aptitude tests are being used more and more in roles that require an ability to make quick decisions in pressurised situations, such as roles within the medical profession.
A psychometric test is predominantly used to measure a person’s ability or potential for achieving in a specific role. An employer will normally create an assessment that mirrors the type of tasks a prospective candidate would be required to perform if he or she were to carry out the role in a real life situation. For example, jobs that require an ability to work with money or numbers would normally be required to sit some form of numerical reasoning test, whereas those people who need to calculate distances (firefighters) may be required to undertake a spatial awareness test.
If you do not perform well during the test then it is a good indicator that you are unlikely to perform well in your chosen role. This is the exact reason why so many employers put so much emphasis on psychometric testing. Naturally you will want to score highly on the test so read on to find out how to pass with high scores.
In total there are nine different types of reasoning tests that you will come across. You may not have to sit all nine during your assessment; however, it is good practice to have an understanding of each of them. The first and most common form is ‘general learning’, which is an example of how well we learn a new role at work.
A square has a perimeter of 36 cm. What is the length of one side?
We know that a square has four equal sides; therefore, in order to reach the answer we simply need to divide 36cm by 4 equal sides.
The answer to question 1 is 9cm
Now let’s take a look at a harder question with multiple-choice answers.
On Monday it takes Lucy 52 minutes to get to work. On Tuesday it takes 40 minutes, Wednesday takes 51 minutes, on Thursday it takes 1 hour 2 minutes and on Friday it takes 1 hour 30 minutes. How long did her average commute take?
a. 58 minutes
b. 62 minutes
c. 60 minutes
d. 61 minutes
e. 59 minutes
To calculate the average, add all the times together and then divide by how many days. Remember that 1 hour is 60 minutes.
- Monday: 52 minutes
- Tuesday: 40 minutes
- Wednesday: 51 minutes
- Thursday: 1 hour 2 minutes = 62 mins
- Friday:1 hour 30 minutes = 90 minutes
- Total time = 52 + 40 + 51 + 62 + 90 = 295 minutes
- Now divide this by the total amount of days which is 5.
- Average commute = 295 ÷ 5 = 59 minutes
The answer to question 2 is e. 59 minutes
For jobs and careers that involve a practical element to them, you may be required to sit what is called a ‘spatial reasoning’ test. The deﬁnition of spatial reasoning is as follows:
‘The ability to interpret and make drawings from mental images and visualise movement or change in those images.’
Let us take a look at a sample question.
Take a look at the following 3 shapes. Your task is to look at the given shapes and decide which of the examples matches the shape when joined together by the corresponding letters.
Answer to spatial aptitude questions is B.
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