How to Pass a Job Assessment Test

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Improve your chances of passing job assessment tests with this article. Learn how to prepare for these assessments and find out more about why these types of evaluations are used in today's workplace.

Know What You're Being Tested On

You might encounter a wide variety of questions on job assessment tests, but most of them are trying to measure the same things. Employers use these tests to gauge your competence, emotional intelligence and work ethic. Tests might specifically deal with your trainability, reliability, ambition, integrity, self-management, social skills and political skills. If you keep this in mind throughout the test, it can help you understand where questions are coming from, allowing you to better answer them.

Study and Practice

When it comes right down to it, job assessment tests aren't that much different than any other exam you're going to take in your life. Just like everything else, practice is going to improve your performance.

You can check out GRE study guides to work on improving your skills on the competence based portions of the exam. These guides are found at lots of bookstores. Additionally, offers an online GRE Study Guide that allows you to fine tune your reasoning and logic skills by watching short video lessons and completing self-assessment quizzes and tests.

There are also organizations that offer online practice for the more psychological portions of the exam. Organizations like CEB provide these resources through their website ( Completing courses on emotional intelligence and critical thinking can also help you prepare. These courses help you improve your understanding of these skills. You can also contact subject matter experts if you have any questions as you study.

Don't Hide Who You Are

The competence portion of the job assessment is fairly simple. Prepare and try to determine the right answers. The personality sections can be more challenging. Wanting to show off the best version of yourself is natural, and even desirable while taking job assessment tests. But going out of your way to misrepresent your personality isn't going to help you pass this part of the tests. Most exams include anti-cheating questions that are specifically designed to trip up test-takers who are trying to manipulate the test.

And don't forget: this assessment isn't going to be the sole criteria for your employment. Your potential employers will also have your work history, resume and a personal interview to judge. It will be a problem if the real you doesn't reflect your answers. You should try to emphasize your good traits, answer as truthfully as possible and focus on being yourself.

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