How to approach online tests

By Hannah Vernon, Media & Communications at Gradcracker

Read the instructions!

Make sure you read the instructions and any preparation material you are supplied with carefully and thoroughly. From this, you can determine approximately how long the test is going to take you and allocate yourself enough time to complete it without rushing.

“You’ll feel more comfortable if you’ve read all the instructions and you know how long it’s likely to take” – WSP

Practise makes perfect

Focus solely on the test and give it your best effort.

More often than not, you will be provided with a set of practise questions to complete before the actual assessment. You must take advantage of this opportunity, as it will help you get to grips with the format of the test and the type of questions that you are going to be asked.

“You can see how the mechanisms of the game work and understand what you can expect when you actually start the live assessment…” – WSP


Try to find a quiet space that is free from distractions or interruptions. This will enable you to focus solely on the test and give it your best effort.

And if you’re unable to find an appropriate space in your home setting, or you have any other concerns, don’t be afraid to discuss your circumstances with the employer as they’ll most likely be able to help.

“Take your computer somewhere quiet if you can and let us know if you need any additional support” – Atkins

Be honest

Online tests are typically used to identify your working style and determine how and where you’d fit in – so there really is no right or wrong answer. Just try to be as genuine and true to yourself as you can be.

“You can’t get it right or wrong!” – Network Rail

Ask for feedback

Online tests provide valuable insights into the way you think and work – so it’s definitely worth asking for your results. Knowing how you performed will help develop your self awareness, which will work to your advantage across all stages of the application process.

“Ask for the report from the employer once you have finished the recruitment process; they can be very useful tools in terms of knowing your own development areas” – CGG

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