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How not to fail employers’ tests

Hands up anyone who hasn’t done well in a test recently.  If you just put your hand up, you can put it down now – thank you – and console  yourself that you are not alone.  Feedback from our employer contacts tells us that City University students don’t always reach the required levels in tests used in selection. For example, 0f 252 City University applicants to a major graduate recruiter last year, 107 were rejected after the test stage.

Maybe those students will never be able to reach required levels.  If so, simple solutions include looking for jobs with employers who don’t use tests or who don’t set such high levels of attainment.

However, if you haven’t performed well in a selection test, just consider for a moment whether you prepared well enough beforehand.  Did you try out a few practice tests online before you did the real thing?  Assessment Day has a range of different practice tests, many of them free, with answers provided too.   Did you think about the kind of questions you might be asked and go back over some of  your  old skills?  For example, many numerical reasoning tests include percentages, ratios, fractions and currency conversions.  If these are a distant memory get your old school books out, start chewing on the end of your pencil and try a few calculations.   Or try sources like the Open University’s Skills for Study.

Don’t forget we often run practice test sessions – look on the events listing on our website.  You can also book to talk to one of our career consultants to discuss any anxieties you may have about taking tests, or results you have had.  Remember too that if you take a test online as part of selection and progress onto the next stage, expect to have to take one or more tests again in a supervised environment on the employer’s premises.  This ensures that it really was you that took the online test!  Goodbye for now – and good luck.

Laura wishes she had paid more attention in school

 

 

Laura Hooke

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