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					a quick guide

Making the Right Impressions Series

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preparing for preparing for
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aptitude tests

a quick guide

When you've been invited to attend a test session, contact the employer and ask for a 'test takers guide'. This is a sample of the type of questions you may be likely to be asked. The majority of tests aim to assess your logical thinking with unfamiliar materials using words, numbers, shapes and diagrams.

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Work through the 'practice leaflet' and try to understand the answer to each question. Note down any questions you may wish to ask at the test session.

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Careers Office

General Preparation
I will be available each weekday on a drop in basis between 10.00 am & 12.30 pm daily. Should you require further help or assistance, an alternative appointment can be arranged at a mutually agreeable time. However you must attend the DROP IN session first.
Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Leitir Ceanainn Letterkenny Institute of Technology

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Read as much as possible and test yourself on what you have read. Practice your maths without using a calculator. Try putting simple things together to develop your sense of spatial awareness.

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Catherine Lyster (Careers Officer) Telephone (074) 91 64141 E-Mail Catherine.lyster@lyit.ie

a quick guide

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On how to deal with them
Selection tests are increasingly being used by employers before or in conjunction with interviews to screen suitable applicants. Tests can last over several days or several hours. Either way they can be a nerve wracking experience for those who are totally unprepared. This leaflet will provide useful tips on how to prepare for tests, what to expect, and gives guidelines in what to expect at assessment centres. Workshops on Coping with Aptitude Tests will be held in the Spring Term. Details will be announced on the NoticeBoards and on 'Careers Brief'.

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Key features of longer tests
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Increasingly being used by large employers to either screen applicants or they are used in conjunction with other methods including interviews.

Can last for several hours or for several days

Shorter tests aim to test your ability in dealing with unfamiliar items usually in English, numeracy, and working out sequences of patterns. This is especially so with computing firms. Examples follow later.

They usually last over a day or 2 days. Be prepared for the following: Shorter tests, observation tests, intray exercises, group interview, lunch/evening meal, role play, presentation, personality questionnaire.

Never relax, you are being watched at all times!.

Key features of shorter tests

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They are not marked like school tests. Your scores are compared with a sample of the population (norm group) who also did the test. Your score is marked as a percentile eg if you achieved the 56th percentile, your score exceeded that of 56% of the sample.

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Tests are strictly timed so speed is as important as accuracy. Never delay over a difficult question. Skip on to the next one.

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Tests are sometimes done on a lap-top computer