How to Pass Technical Selection Tests

How to Pass Technical Selection Tests

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By (author) Mike Bryon, By (author) Sanjay Modha

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  • Publisher: Kogan Page Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 215mm x 12mm | 270g
  • Publication date: 3 July 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0749443758
  • ISBN 13: 9780749443757
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 638,045

Product description

Selection tests represent one of the greatest obstacles facing applicants for jobs, courses and apprenticeships: as a technician, in the building trades, construction industry, mechanical or electrical engineering. Many candidates do not pass such tests, or fail to show their true potential, due to nervousness, lack of practice, or lack of technique. This fully revised and expanded second edition will be invaluable to anyone faced with a selection test for a role in engineering or the construction industry. Based on real life preparation programmes devised by the authors, it contains reliable advice on the most common types of technical tests, why they are used and how to prepare for them, plus a dictionary of essential terms that any candidate will encounter. There are hundreds of practice questions with answers and explanations, so that applicants can assess their performance, boost their confidence and learn to cope with anxiety. The practice material includes verbal and numerical psychometric test questions, plus tests of spatial reasoning, fault diagnosis, and accuracy. Candidates can actually improve their scores through preparation, and "How to Pass Technical Selection Tests" provides all the expert advice and practice material needed.

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Author information

Mike Bryon runs a training consultancy in London, and is a recognised expert in psychometrics and training solutions. He is the compiling editor of The Times Testing CD-ROMS and also the author of How to Pass Graduate Psychometric Tests, How to Pass Advanced Numeracy Tests, The Advanced Numeracy Test Workbook, How to Pass the Civil Service Qualifying Tests and How to Pass Secondary School Selection Tests, all published by Kogan Page. Sanjay Modha has an MSc in Occupational and and Organisational Psychology. A researcher and lecturer, he is the author of the best-selling How to Pass Selection Tests (with Mike Bryon), also published by Kogan Page.

Table of contents

1 A brief guide to tests What are selection tests? Do tests discriminate? Reliability and validity Why do companies use tests? Test administration Test scores 2 How to prepare for tests Practice makes perfect How best to practise Organise your study Doing your best on the day Test strategies You have to try hard to do well in a test What to do if you fail 3 Some of the most common types of technical tests Categories of tests Attainment tests Aptitude tests Work sample tests Trainability tests Technical tests of verbal reasoning Technical tests of numerical reasoning Tests of diagrammatic reasoning Tests of mechanical reasoning 4 Other types of test that you may encounter 5 The technical selection tests essential dictionary 6 Technical numerical questions Section one Section two Practice test Area, volume and surface areas Trainability and selection tests in construction Electrical power 7 Technical verbal questions Basic vocabulary of science and engineering Basic principles of physics 8 Tests of diagrammatic reasoning The format of the questions 9 Mechanical questions Section one Section two 10 Answers and explanations