How to Prepare for an Aptitude Test with Limited Time

Have you been invited to take an upcoming aptitude test, but you have less time to prepare than you expected? If you’re in this situation, here is a quick guide to help you prepare for your aptitude test in a limited time window.

  • The most effective preparation would be to practice aptitude tests, but with limited time, this isn’t always possible.
  • If you know the details of the skill or knowledge test you are required to take, then you might be able to find something similar online to help you prepare.
  • Check that the practice aptitude tests align with the real test you will take.
  • Make sure you check that the content of the test is relevant to your industry and that it has been updated to reflect any new advances in your area of expertise.
  • Ask questions about the content of the aptitude test. It is appropriate and a sign of resourcefulness to ask human resources about the aptitude test you will take.
  • Ask what kind of test it is, and better still, ask for the name of the test and the name of the test publisher.
  • With limited time on your hands, it is essential that you make a plan for success while also eliminating any potential distractions.
  • Tell your friends that you’re busy, turn off social media, and eliminate all distractions and stressors until you’ve achieved your goal.
  • Practice calming techniques. You will no doubt be more stressed than you would be if you had more time to prepare.
  • Remind yourself that you already have the skills and knowledge; reframe it as a positive moment to prove that you know what you know.
  • Remind yourself that it is just a test to see how you perform under pressure. You can use the interview as an opportunity to demonstrate your competence even further.