Aptitude tests are used to determine an individual's ability/potential to succeed in a certain task, with no prior knowledge or training. Aptitude tests can be used in school exams and are frequently used as part of a pre-employment assessment.

Employers use aptitude tests to help them make the right hiring decision; aptitude tests are a proven tool used to identify those who are best equipped to carry out any given role.

Aptitude tests can be held as an adjunct to an interview, or online, in the comfort of your own home.
The good thing about aptitude tests, besides the fact that they are a great way of improving your thought processing and memory skills, is that you can prepare for them. 

Here are our top 15 tips for passing your aptitude tests.

1) Practice Aptitude tests online

It’s more than likely you’ll sit your aptitude test on a computer so get used to practicing them online.


2) Get all the right tools

When tackling the numerical reasoning test ensure you have a good calculator, lots of rough paper, a few pens and a watch. Get used to practicing with all these essentials so you’re used to using them when it comes to your real assessment.


3) Preparation is the key


Practice as many aptitude tests as you can before sitting your assessment. The more questions you practice the more confident you will be and the more types of questions you will have seen.


4) Do your research


Ask the assessor for information on the type of test you’ll be sitting. You have the right to ask what sort of aptitude test you’ll be expected to sit, how long it will be and where you’ll have to sit it (it might be at home or at an assessment centre/).


5) Get comfortable taking tests


Make sure you’re in a comfortable environment when you practice your aptitude tests. Don’t sit them just before going out or when you’re going to be disturbed. It’s important to give them your full attention both when practicing and when taking your real assessment.


6) Use the assessors resources


Take the practice test offered by the assessor if possible. Before sitting aptitude tests you’ll often be given practice questions to have a go at. They’re normally called worked example, have a go at those to get a flavour for the type of questions you’ll be given.


7) Take tests on your own


Don’t get a friend to sit your aptitude test for you. If you’re asked to sit an aptitude test at home you may be asked to sit one when you go for interview so it’s no good trying to cheat the system. Also these tests are for your benefit as much as your prospective employer you both need to be comfortable your skills are up to the required standard to do the job you’re applying for.


8) Carefully read the instructions


Read any guidance provided before sitting your assessment. Make sure you make a note of how much time you have and roughly how long you should be spending on each question.


9) Avoid focusing on just one question


Don’t get bogged down on a question. If you get stuck, don’t let the clock run down, move on, you might find the next question easier and you’ll pick up more marks by moving on.


10) Keep moving forwards


Move on. If you think a question is going to take a really long time, flag it and if possible come back to it. Some questions can be really time consuming and you may be better off coming back to it.


11) Avoid the scattergun approach


Don’t guess wildly. Your aptitude test score will be made up of a combination of speed and accuracy. It’s important not to haphazardly guess to try and finish all the questions. Work carefully and as quickly as you can. The more questions you practice the quicker you will get.


12) More speed, less haste


Spend a few seconds familiarising yourself with the graph, table or passage you’re presented with before launching into the question. This is particularly important in the verbal reasoning test where you might have to read long passages of information.


13) Use the correct tools


Get used to working on paper. The quickest way to do your calculations is on a piece of paper. We recommend using a big A4 sheet as you’ll have enough room to do your workings. Leave yourself plenty of space so you’re not cramming your workings into the corner.


14) Use feedback to keep getting better


In reality, you’re not going to pass every test you face. Request feedback on your performance from your assessor. Find out how many questions you got right and where you could improve.


15) Use a good calculator


Don’t use your phone or a very small calculator. Make sure you are familiar with the calculator you’re using and comfortable with where all the buttons are. The quicker you are with your calculator the higher you will score.