Aptitude tests are generally characterized by systematic ways of evaluating how different people perform on various tasks assigned to them or react to different situations. The tests are administered in a standardized procedure and the results are rounded off to a scale so they can be compared with the other candidates’ scores. The aptitude tests of recent times are becoming computer adaptive and computer based. The aptitude tests are usually only a section of the complete selection procedure involving admission. Along with the CAT score, performance on an interview, undergraduate examination results and
The section on quantitative ability in CAT is evolving to having questions that test more of the common sense of students than just the numerical ability. Still, one must be equipped with knowledge of formulae and must have practiced calculations. A combination of the mathematical skills and logical ability of the students is now tested in the aptitude section. Hence, the aptitude section is the most important part of any examination, especially the CAT. Here are some tips that will help aspiring students prepare well for the aptitude section of the test.
Some Preparation Tips
1) Practice thoroughly: It is a known fact that practicing well before the exam will help increase the score on the actual exam. But, students are advised not to practice too much, as there are other elements of preparation too, that deserve one’s attention. Preparation and practice must be taken side-by-side. After preparing for each section or part of a section, a test that involves it should be taken to strengthen one’s skills in that region. Taking such tests also helps students become familiar with technique and pattern of the actual test.
2) Be confident on the day of the test. In order to achieve utmost confidence in yourself, you must wake up early on the morning of the test, dress appropriately and eat well. Hunger, apprehension and panic will create unnecessary anxiety just before the test and will cause distraction, which is never good.
3) Make sure you know the pattern and rules of the exam before starting to write it. Incase you have a doubt; make sure that you ask the staff or supervisors of the hall well in advance.
4) Work quickly and efficiently while taking the test and also pay attention to your accuracy. When you face a difficult question, do not waste too much time on it, but proceed to other questions. Always remember that the questions get harder as the test progresses and take it as a good sign that you’re doing well.
5) Educated guesses are worthwhile. In the aptitude tests you always have the advantage of trying to estimate the answer rather than working it out exactly, to save time.
6) REMEMBER - Listen to the instructions. They are crucial to your success in any psychometric test. Not paying attention to the instructions may cause more harm that you’ve ever imagined.