All you need to know about taking part in Online Assessments
Have you been invited to complete an assessment? Are you curious to know what it is like to do a test?
Especially when it is your first time completing assessments, you are sure to have questions! We have collected the most frequently asked questions around online assessments and have provided you with answers and a range of helpful tips below.
Ability tests are a typical part of the selection process, or for development within the workplace. Getting familiar with the types of questions and timing of the tests will help you feel more relaxed in the real test situation, and give you a better opportunity to show your true ability.
What types of tests are there?
Here we give you the link to two sites that have been created to help you be prepared for tests that are used as a standard by leading employers. These tests may not be exactly like the tests you are asked to complete during your online assessment but they will be similar in their content and form.
There are several different tests that can be categorised as follows: If the aim of a test is to determine abilities such as concentration, logical conclusions or text comprehension, we refer to them as performance tests. Qualities such as willingness to cooperate, ambition or sensitivity are determined with the aid of personality questionnaires; specific professional knowledge is determined with the help of knowledge tests.
Why is Online Assessment being used more and more frequently?
Online Assessment have some very clear benefits in comparison to traditional assessments: Firstly, no supervisors or invigilators are needed for Online Assessment. This means that ‘gut feeling’ plays no role, neither while taking the test nor during the assessment so Online Assessments are very objective. Secondly, Online Assessment can also predict with a relatively high degree of accuracy, how suitable a candidate is for a specific position.
Over and above this, there are also some very practical advantages:
What type of computer do I need?
- An applicant can complete the Online Assessment at any time from anywhere e.g. from their home. This saves travelling costs, and it also has the advantage that the test can be performed in the applicant’s own familiar, stress-free environment.
- The automated evaluation of results saves both time and money.
- From a company’s point of view, the relatively limited amount of time required is one of the main attractions, as it enables the inclusion of a large number of candidates in the pre-selection process.
Basically, any computer can be used. You simply need Internet access and a browser (e.g. Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox). It is best to use one of the newer browser versions because the very old versions are no longer supported. You need FlashPlayer for doing the actual test – this software is often required for gaming sites. (Google Chrome has flash player built it). Smartphones or tablets, however, cannot be used in all assessments.
Do I need any aids?
You don’t need anything except a computer with a browser and Internet access. Other aids are generally not required. However, for some of the tests it is useful to have a calculator or perhaps pen and paper at hand. Some of the exercises, for example, are made up of various steps, the results of which you might want to jot down so as to make it easier to find the solution in the end. If any kind of aid is required or could be helpful, you will be informed accordingly in the instructions to the test.
Is specific prior knowledge required?
You don’t need any special prior knowledge. However, it is a good idea to familiarise yourself with online tests before tackling the Online Assessment.
How can I practise and where?
Two places you can practice are www.getstarted.cut-e.com
. Here you will have the opportunity to see and practice various typical online tests and familiarise yourself with the use of the functions.
What can I do to counter nervousness?
Getting nervous doesn’t automatically make you a nervous person. Being nervous is related to a situation – in this case, taking an Online Assessment. You are expected to perform, but the performance could be rated bad.
Actors describe the nervousness that suddenly plagues them before a performance as “stage fright”. And most of them don’t really want to get rid of it completely because nervousness can have a very positive effect on their performance.
Remind yourself that nervousness is absolutely normal. A certain amount of pre-test nervousness has a very positive effect: It channels your attention and mobilises your energy. You will probably feel a little better when you know what to expect. You can try various tests on the websites www.getstarted.cut-e.com
When should I do the test?
A great advantage of online assessments is that you can do them whenever you want to. If you’re a night person, there is no reason why you shouldn’t do the test at night. It’s just important that you feel well and alert – don’t do the test when you e.g. come home from work or school and feel tired or after doing strenuous sport.
What else should I keep in mind?
Ensure that there are no interruptions or distractions while you are working on the tests. Once you have started the actual test, you can’t interrupt it and continue later – for this reason it is important that you ensure that you have both a quiet atmosphere and sufficient time to work through the test from beginning to end. Be sure to turn off your telephone and your cell phone, and inform your family or flatmates that you do not wish to be disturbed until you have finished the test.
Can I take breaks?
Once you have started a test, you cannot interrupt it. Please ensure that you are not disturbed during this time.For many positions, multiple tests are required. However, you don’t have to do all of them at once. You usually have several days to complete all the necessary tests. It is important that you check the deadline given in your invitation email or letter.
What do I do if a test is suddenly blocked?
In rare cases technical problems can lead to the test suddenly being blocked, for example if the browser crashes while you are working on the test. But this is not a catastrophe. Simply contact the company who invited you to do the Online Assessment so that they can unblock the test for you.
How can you determine that I really do the Online Assessment myself?
First of all, you should be aware that it is illegal to allow somebody else to do the tests for you. If this should come to light, you would be excluded from the selection process immediately.
Often, retests are performed. This means that often if you are invited to an interview or 2nd Interview after the Online Assessment, you will be expected to complete a repeat module from the Online Assessment. If you cheated in the Online Assessment, it will come to light during the retest, at the very latest. It really isn’t worth cheating!
How much time do I have for an Online Assessment?
Generally you have several days to complete all the tests, and you can do the various tests on different days. However, it is important that you check the deadline given in your invitation email or letter.
The individual tests are generally subject to a time limit. The exception is personality questionnaires that, as a rule, don’t have a time limit. This is not done to give us an indication of how you deal with stress situations, but rather for methodical reasons. If there was no time limit, all applicants would get all answers right and therefore all results would be the same, making the test a waste of time. It is quite normal that candidates are unable to answer all the questions in the time allowed.
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