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## HelpAli

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# 261636 8-Dec-2019 07:46

Hi,

I hate psychometric tests, the company has sent me a link to some practice test - BUT they don't provide the answers to the practice tests so I don't know if I'm on the right track. Very frustrating.

1)     1 ; 10         7 ; 58            8 ; ?

Suggested answers:    73 / 80 / 65 / 71 / 67

I can't see a pattern here?

2)     5 ; 1 ; 2          13 ; 4 ; ?

Suggested answers: 6 / 3 / 2 / 5 / 9

All I can see is maybe a 5, but that seems too simple?

I'd appreciate any help - if they provided answers I'm sure I could figure it out, but without answers and finding it hard, I'm not sure of anything.

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## eracode

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# 2370308 8-Dec-2019 08:23

(1x1) + 9 = 10

(7x7) + 9 = 58

(8x8) + 9 = 73

Still looking at No. 2

Sometimes I just sit and think. Other times I just sit.

## Dingbatt

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# 2370324 8-Dec-2019 08:29
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For the first one, the square of the first number plus 9 works. But it’s pretty difficult to figure out a pattern with so few in the series.

and the second one is the square root of subtracting the second number from the first (3).

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## eracode

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# 2370343 8-Dec-2019 08:31

And 3 for No. 2?

Deltas are:

-4, +1

-8, +2?

So No.2 is : 5;1;2, 13;4;3

Sometimes I just sit and think. Other times I just sit.

## Dingbatt

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# 2370347 8-Dec-2019 08:41
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Is the psychometric testing to become an astronaut?!!!

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## HelpAli

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# 2370350 8-Dec-2019 08:49

Thanks so much!!!!

## HelpAli

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# 2370353 8-Dec-2019 08:59

This is so scary, I really want the job but HATE psychometric tests, I applied for a very basic entry level job at a big organisation years ago. I thought I'd like to work there and if I get a basic job I'll soon be promoted or able to move to another department and improve. I didn't know what psychometric tests were, I thought they were IQ tests and would be easy. I'd usually been able to spot visual patterns and number patterns, I'm very logical, I can interpret text... and considering the level of job it really shouldn't have been so hard. The patterns were so complex all the arrows started to swim around, I needed to interpret graphs which I hadn't done since school... It was a horrible experience, I didn't get the job, of course - it was just reading bank statements and allocating payments, no rocket science. I have a very old IT qualification and used to be a mainframe (procedural) programmer.

I'd really like this job - as an analyst, but so scared of the tests...

## dfnt

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# 2370402 8-Dec-2019 10:27

If it makes you feel any better my wife failed the math part of her test pretty miserably, but still got the job

## HelpAli

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# 2370404 8-Dec-2019 10:32

Thanks, I'll definitely try my best. I thought I need to get help with the answers to the ones I can't figure out, so I have more strategies when I take the test.

I'm just so nervous, after failing the test for a really basic job, at the time I felt like they'd sent me the wrong test. I've been practicing lots of tests on the internet, but these are the samples I was sent to practice and are slightly different to a lot of others, that involve graphs and percentages.

## Geektastic

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# 2370407 8-Dec-2019 10:54
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I'm afraid I'd have to guess those.

They seem either very obscure or intended to screen for Pure Maths lecturers!

## HelpAli

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# 2370408 8-Dec-2019 10:58

Kind of how I feel with some of them - I've been told not to guess, you get negative points for guesses, and only a 20% chance of getting the right one.

## chevrolux

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# 2370425 8-Dec-2019 11:32
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Perhaps the actual test is if you put up with bollocks like this or tell them to shove it?

If a company wanted to hire me, they would hire me regardless of how well I answered a test.... unless of course that test related directly to the job.

## gehenna

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# 2370428 8-Dec-2019 11:34
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I've been through a number of these over the years. Honestly I think it's less about getting the right answer and more about how you manage your time. They're looking for decision making, i.e. if you don't know the answer do you stress about it and get caught up wasting your time on something you don't know, or do you make a call to move to the next question. I think the people who spend ages on getting right answers then have to rush at the end because they are so far behind paints a negative picture. I suck at maths but I'm good at the language tests. Your employment won't hinge on getting a perfect score in your tests, but rather how you display your control over stress and time management.

## HelpAli

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# 2370429 8-Dec-2019 11:36

I agree, I hate this testing. I have good experience, good CV, even gave them past performance appraisals. I am am worried about the future of the company I'm working for and can't afford to wait and see. I'm also in Tauranga where it's hard to get a job - people are applying from Tauranga, Auckland and Hamilton.

I do kind of feel like telling them what to do with their job, but I would love to work there, and love the sound of the work I would be doing there.

## gehenna

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# 2370433 8-Dec-2019 11:45

As an employer these kinds of tests aren't my main decision making factor, but they are still useful depending on the role you're going for. They give me more context about some things that may not be immediately apparent in your CV or interview.

You should embrace the process, if the employer is using this testing then they want to be sure you're right for the role. Not only for them but also for your own sanity. Being in the wrong role is very difficult for all parties.

Knowing they do this in their recruitment process means they likely also have robust process and policies in other areas of how the business works, and that can only be a good thing.

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# 2370444 8-Dec-2019 11:58
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gehenna: As an employer these kinds of tests aren't my main decision making factor, but they are still useful depending on the role you're going for. They give me more context about some things that may not be immediately apparent in your CV or interview.

You should embrace the process, if the employer is using this testing then they want to be sure you're right for the role. Not only for them but also for your own sanity. Being in the wrong role is very difficult for all parties.

Knowing they do this in their recruitment process means they likely also have robust process and policies in other areas of how the business works, and that can only be a good thing.

I 100% disagree with this. Psychometric testing is a long way from best practice because it in no way indicates how well someone will do performing job functions. Many many enlightened employers are removing the requirement to do this sort of crap testing.

my feeling is out-of-date HR ‘professionals’ are the only ones still persisting with this sort of thing.

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