How To Prepare For Aptitude Tests: 5 Amazing Tips To Success

Last updated on 6 Jun, 2018 | 0 comments

How to prepare for aptitude tests

I have always been passionate about guiding my fellow students in the best way to take an exam or interview. Be it a competitive exam or an aptitude test, a proper approach on how to prepare for aptitude tests is the only key to success.

How To Prepare For Aptitude Tests?

An aptitude test is specially designed to analyze a candidate’s ability to perform a specific task and how he/she is reacting to a given situation. Each test has a standardized method of administration and scoring, and the results are first quantified and then compared to all other candidates.

Different Types of Aptitude Tests

  • Verbal Reasoning. These types of aptitude exam mainly assess your verbal logic and the ability to quickly comprehend information from passages of text.
  • Numerical reasoning. These types of tests check your expertise in statistics and data interpretation from figures & charts.
  • Inductive reasoning. These type of tests are based on abstract comprehension and it checks whether a candidate can observe the underlying logic in patterns, rather than words/numbers or not.
  • General ability. This is the most common type of aptitude test which is designed for checking the candidate’s general intelligence.
  • Diagrammatic tests. Especially based on figures and charts, this type of aptitude test deals with your logical reasoning capabilities.
  • Situational judgment. Psychologically oriented questions for figuring out the judgment capabilities of a candidate during a crunch situation.
  • Counter Argument. Most of the time this type of aptitude exams are conducted by the Law Firms in order to check the candidate’s cross arguing capabilities during a case.
  • Business exercises. Set of questions which deals with your task prioritization capabilities in the corporate world.
  • Spatial awareness. Basically designed for engineers and architectures to judge their spatial awareness level.
  • Error checking. Candidate’s error identifying capabilities from a complex dataset can be judged through these examinations.

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How to Practice and Get Prepared for Aptitude tests:

Start Your Practice in Advance

You may be surprised but some recent instances show that candidates who took number practice aptitude tests tend to score better than those who didn’t. Therefore, I would suggest the candidate’s practice more aptitude techniques and try to anticipate and analyze the aptitude test that you are going to appear for and hence, completing similar practice questions. Even basic numerical and word puzzles may help you to understand the comprehension and arithmetic approach of many aptitude tests.

All it takes is practice! We recommend you to practice all types questions that you are anticipating to encounter the test. Go for’s placement papers. They are the best in class. Keep on practicing the aptitude exams and in a few days, you will be solving the aptitude questions like a pro. Don’t expect to master the aptitude skills in just a week or two. At least 2-3 months is the minimum required time.

The Day Before The Test

You need to maintain a higher awareness level during an aptitude exam and the best way to achieve it is by getting a good night’s sleep. Drink plenty of water cause it will help you to stay hydrated. Don’t eat junk food the day before the exam, it deteriorates your awareness level. Plan your journey to the test venue, and arrive on time. Listen and read the instructions carefully and follow them precisely.

During the Exam

Before the actual aptitude test itself, you shall certainly be provided with some examples or instructions to understand the test pattern. At this stage, make sure to ask questions if you don’t understand anything. You will generally be given some paper for rough work. Be calm and be confident.

How To Take The Test?

My teacher used to say that most of the candidates who can’t qualify an aptitude exam are because they never knew how to give the exam. Firstly, you should work quickly and accurately through the test. And most importantly, don’t get stuck on any particular question. Review it and return to it, once you are done with all the questions. You should divide your time per question as accurately as you can – typically this should be between 50 and 90 seconds per question. If any question is taking more than you estimated time, drop it and move on.

Remember that sometimes these tests are a bit difficult and most often you cannot expect to answer each and every question. Be extra cautious if the aptitude test offers negative marking for wrong choices. If there is no negative marking, answer as many questions as possible in the given time frame. The multiple-choice options are often designed in a way to misguide you, with incorrect choices including common mistakes that candidates make. So be careful while answering the MCQs.

Tips For Success

  • Treat every practice test similar to main aptitude exam. This will help you to have a similar experience of giving an actual test. And as a result, you will learn how to handle stress during an examination.
  • Work fast and accurately through your test. Try to keep an accuracy level of over 90% during the examination. Improve your speed and accuracy as well by giving more number of practice tests.
  • Work out the maximum time you can spend on any question. You can always return to the unsolved questions at the end. Stick to the time that is estimated for a single question. Never get stuck on any particular question, even if you think you have nearly solved the question, leave it if crosses the maximum estimated time.
  • If the test is to be taken with a provided virtual calculator, practice your calculations in a similar manner, beforehand.
  • Beware of Negative marking. Answer as many questions as possible but be aware of the negative marking.

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Though this article is mainly focussed on how to prepare for aptitude tests, I would strongly advise the students not to panic before the examination. And even if you can’t crack one exam don’t get disheartened. During a single season, there are many aptitude tests that are conducted. So be patient and keep faith in yourself and simultaneously do keep a note of the things that I have mentioned in this article.