Preparing for an aptitude test in your next recruitment process

Most employers in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne use aptitude tests during their recruitment drives to test the candidate’s cognitive thinking. You will be happy to know that everyone should be able to answer these questions, so they aren’t very difficult, the problem is that these are timed tests, so how long you take to answer them is an important factor that is taken into consideration.

These tests assess your ability or potential to perform certain tasks without any prior knowledge or training and provide the recruiters with a good idea about how you draw conclusions from certain facts. Below we have listed the type of different aptitude tests that are frequently used in Brisbane, Sydney, Perth and Melbourne.

Verbal reasoning: These are language based tests designed to assess your verbal analytical skills. Essentially, they test your ability to identify the most important points in a document and come to a logical and sound conclusion, based on these salient points.

Numerical reasoning: These are similar to the verbal reasoning tests, but are based on deriving important conclusions from data, graphs and tables and being able to use these conclusions to make effective decisions within the workplace. Your maths ability isn’t tested, it’s only your ability to interpret and use the data that is assessed.

Language & literacy: Your ability to communicate through writing is assessed with the language and literacy aptitude tests. Spelling, grammar, vocabulary and sentence structure are all important aspects of this test, as well as how you use the written language to communicate effectively with others.

Abstract reasoning: These are based on drawing conclusions from shapes, patterns and words and are becoming more popular with employers. The three main types of aptitude tests in this category are inductive, deductive and diagrammatic reasoning. Inductive tests often include drawing conclusions from shapes or matrices, deductive tests assess your ability to apply certain rules to specific examples, whilst diagrammatic reasoning involves drawing conclusions from numbers.

Spatial reasoning: This aptitude test assesses your ability to organise spaces such as warehouses and to identify hazards in the workplace. It uses images, diagrams and dimensional shapes to test your awareness and how you orientate yourself and other objects in space.

For more information on using aptitude tests in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne for your next recruitment drive, call Urban Psychometrics on 07 3535 1220 or send us an email.