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How do I prepare for my assessment?
- Make sure you have a good night's sleep before your test to ensure that you are well rested and able to perform at your best.
- Bring your glasses if you need them, and anything else you need to feel comfortable.
- Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get to the testing location if you are having supervised testing, work out how to get there, and where you can park.
- If you are taking critical reasoning or abilities tests, it can help to relieve any anxieties you may have about the testing by becoming familiar with the format of the tests beforehand so you know what to expect. Check out some example questions and you can even take a practice test if you wish.
- Remember that the psych test is only one part of the selection process, and that your results will be considered in conjunction with your results from other stages of the process.
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Tips for test taking
We want you to perform at your best, and will do everything we can to ensure that you feel comfortable and at ease in the testing situation. Here are some tips to help you out…
- Try to undertake your testing in the morning if possible. You are usually more alert and able to perform more strongly at this time of day.
Read the instructions carefully!
- On personality or behavioural preference questionnaires try to avoid spending too much time on one question, your first instinct is usually the most accurate.
- Don't try to ‘fake' a good profile on personality or sales assessments, most questionnaires have in built lie/consistency scales and we can tell!
- On abilities or cognitive reasoning assessments, the aim is to complete the tests as quickly and accurately as you can. Many tests have a lot of questions, and you are not expected to get through all of the questions on the test.
- If you are completing multiple tests, take a short break between them, this will allow you to come back refreshed and ready to go again!
- See the section on How do I prepare for my assessment?
- If you have any questions about the test, the process, what to expect, or anything else to do with psych testing – ask! No question is too silly or unimportant, we're here to help.
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Can you cheat or fake a test?
One of the most common criticisms of psychometric testing is that you can cheat or fake them. Whilst many critics out there believe this to be true, in our experience this is VERY difficult, and we can usually tell!
- Most personality questionnaires have in built scales that measure the extent to which you have answered the questions consistently, or tried to create a good impression. When these scales indicate that this is the case, your results are invalid, meaning that we can't draw any conclusions from your testing. This can be quite frustrating for your prospective employer, and does not assist your application.
- Trying to fake a personality profile can also work against you. It's not always easy to tell what employers are looking for, and as they are often looking for different things, you could fake the wrong profile.
- If you do somehow manage to fake a personality profile or cheat on an abilities test and get it past us (very unlikely!), you can only end up cheating yourself. You face the possibility of being offered a job that you are not well suited to, placing yourself in a high stress and pressure situation when you find it difficult to perform to expectations, and may not fit the culture of the organisation. Ultimately, you may end up leaving the position and having to begin the job search process all over again!
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Psylutions Candidate Care
We aim to make our candidates feel as comfortable as possible in when taking tests, as we want you to perform at your true potential. As registered psychologists, we are bound by the APS Code of Ethics (http://www.psychology.org.au/about/ethics/#s1
) to ensure that we care for our candidates and do not cause you any distress as a result of the assessment process. These are just a few of the things we do…
- Before testing we gain your informed consent to undertake the assessment. This includes discussing matters such as indicating how the test results will be used, who will have access to your results, and checking if you feel there is anything that could impair your performance.
- All of our candidates are entitled to verbal feedback on the results of their testing upon request once they have heard if they were successful in obtaining the position. To obtain this feedback, we ask that candidates contact us on 1300 176 566 or email@example.com to make a time with one of our psychologists.
- Only trained psychologists and test administrators are able to administer our tests, to ensure that we are consistent in the way the tests are given to all candidates and everyone is on a level playing field.
- We only use tests that have been validated for use in the work context and are job relevant.
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