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How to Prepare for an Aptitude Test?

Posted on January 09, 2021 by Umer Fayaz  | Academics | Blog

Aptitude tests have become an inevitable part of exams nowadays. Whether you are applying for a university entrance exam to study abroad or for a job placement exam, aptitude tests are relied upon by employers and admission committees alike. Aptitude tests are meant to test your natural abilities like reasoning and problem-solving and thus do not require you to have prior knowledge as the questions are framed on real-life situations. Unlike subjective exams, you cannot revise for these tests but preparation is important and highly recommended to solve the given problems within the given time.

What is an Aptitude Test?

Aptitude tests can be of various types, the two most popular ones, however, are Educational and Career Assessment where the former is used to test the candidate’s natural abilities to take an advanced learning programme and the latter is used to determine whether a person is fit for a role at a company. These tests do not challenge your knowledge but your propensity to tackle unforeseen problems. Since these tests are not based on subjective knowledge, it cannot be ascertained in advance as to what the questions could be and that, makes it challenging. Let’s now understand how to prepare for an aptitude test.

What Type of Questions Are Asked in an Aptitude Test?

Depending on the level of the exam, the organization you’re applying to and the position you’re applying for, the questions can range from easy to difficult. Usually, aptitude tests have questions on verbal reasoning and analytical ability, while some higher examinations may test other aspects about you as well. Here are two of the prominent sub-sections of logical reasoning from which most of the questions are asked:

  • Verbal Reasoning: This section tests your ability to assess verbal logic and it involves deciphering passages for meaning and answering questions based on the given text. It is to determine the candidate’s ability to understand and extract meaning from a given passage.
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning/ Analytical Reasoning: It tests your ability to recognise patterns and solve problems that are expressed in numbers, letters and symbols, and identify relationships in the images provided. This section is one of the most challenging as the questions are usually based on unexpected scenarios that you may or may not know about. These questions test your judgement and ethical understanding as well.

Tips to Prepare for Aptitude Tests

While it is important to know that aptitude tests require you to prepare differently than other exams, questions can usually not be anticipated but inferred based on past exams. Patterns can be understood this way and that can help you a great deal. Here are some of the tips to ace your aptitude test:

  • Understand the types of and the various patterns of questions and categorize them according to their level of difficulty.
  • Divide your time based on the sections involved in the test and give equal attention to each section.
  • Identify your weak sections and give extra time to prepare for that once you finish your daily preparation.
  • Take mock tests on various websites.
  • Know that speed is the key and try to solve questions within the given time.
  • Read each question carefully and then proceed to attempt it.
  • Proceed to the next question if you don’t know the answer to one, but remember to go back to it.
  • Answer only when you are confident or else you may lose points owing to negative marking. (some examinations may not have negative marking, in such situations attempt all)

Aptitude tests are an inherent part of the admission process to business schools. By now you should have familiarized yourself with the mantra to ace your test. To know what it is like to appear for iMET or iGDET exams for various internationally recognized programmes at the Indian School of Business & Finance, which receives academic direction from the London School of Economics, visit our website here.

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