Top tips for online tests

Welcome to this blog on my top tips for nailing an online test. If you haven’t had a chance to look at the overview blog on the main types of tests, click on the button below to have a quick read!

1 – Find out who the provider is and the type of test

If you have been assigned an online test, the firm may tell you who the provider is. For example, Watson Glaser, GMA or SHL. They all have different types of tests such as verbal reasoning or abstract reasoning.

If you know the provider, your first step is to have a look on the provider’s website (if they have one). Here is the link for the SHL website –

Have a look through the website and get a general overview of the style of questions, answering format (multiple choice, true/false etc.) and time allowed to sit the test.

The firm will tell you what type of test that have assigned you so you know how and where to start practising. For instance, GMA provide verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning and abstract reasoning tests, but you may only be asked to sit the abstract reasoning one.

2 – Learn the technique

It’s all fine and well to do lots of practice tests but I think before you plunge into a frenzy of mock tests, there are a few things to start with.

Firstly, look at the techniques. There are a tonne of practice guides out there for the different tests. These will give you an idea of how to approach the questions. Take a diagnostic test which will identify which sections of the test you’re weakest and thus, what you need to work on more before sitting the real test. Here are some links to practice guides for:

Secondly, consider the time you’re given. You don’t gain any points or a higher score for finishing early. If you’re not sure on the answer, put an answer in anyway and note down that you need to review that question if you have spare time. If it turns out that you run out of time and don’t have the time to review your answers, at least you will have put an answer down. There’s no negative marking.

Thirdly, it’s becomes a vicious cycle in the test if you start to second guess yourself. Once you’ve read the passage or analysed the shapes, go with your gut.

3 – Practice, practice, practice…

There is absolutely no substitute for mock/practice tests (unfortunately)!

Start doing the mock tests as soon as you can so you can try and fit as many in before you have to sit the real test. Click below for the link to my blog on all the free tests out there:

4 – During the test

  • Stay calm (easier said than done)
  • Keep some water by your side
  • Have a pen and paper handy to make notes (like what questions you need to review or for working in the numerical tests)
  • Make sure you’re not disturbed during your test

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Good luck!

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