Preparation for Aptitude Test

Aptitude tests access your logical reasoning and thinking ability. They consists of multiple choice questions and are held as proper exams. The tests are strictly timed. Generally, the time given depends on the number of questions in test. Mostly, 60 to 90 seconds is given for one question. There are many different types of questions which can be asked in an aptitude test. These different types of questions can be categorized as:

Verbal ability: It comprises the English speaking skills of a person. Spelling and grammar are included in it. It is based on the understanding of accurate meaning of the words, formation sentence or sentence structure, idioms and proverbs. It tests the skills like understanding the information, recalling the information, and understanding of language concepts. The questions included in verbal ability can be of the following types:

  • Spelling questions
  • Missing word questions
  • Synonyms and antonyms
  • Word pair questions
  • Comprehension
  • Reasoning questions
  • Numeric ability: It includes basic mathematics like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. In some tests, data interpretation is also present which means interpretation of charts and graphs. Numeric ability can be categorized as a speed test. A speed test means that the questions are very simple and the methods used to solve them are very clear. It is just considered with how many questions you can answer correctly within a given period of time. You are not allowed to use a calculator. The questions included in numeric ability can be of the following types:

  • Arithmetic questions
  • Sequence and series
  • Numbers represented by alphabet
  • Data interpretation
  • Abstract reasoning: It includes the questions which have a very little or no application in the real world. The question tests your understanding of patterns and figures and also the similarities and differences between shapes and figures. This test does not require any educational qualification.

    Spatial reasoning: It includes your ability to draw or interpret drawings. It tests your imagination. The question may require you to imagine a given drawing rotated at some angle or visualize a 2 dimensional drawing in a 3 dimensional view. It may also include visual assembly or disassembly of an object. The questions included in spatial reasoning can be of the following types:

  • Shape matching
  • Group rotation
  • Combining shapes
  • 3 dimension views
  • Maps and plans
  • Mechanical reasoning: It tests your knowledge of mechanical and physical concepts. Your score significantly depend on your knowledge. The various aspects included in it are:

  • Levers
  • Gears
  • Pulleys
  • Electrical circuits
  • Springs
  • Tools
  • Fault diagnosis: It tests your ability to find faults in mechanical and electronic systems. This type of test is taken by those who want to work as technical personnel.

    Data checking: It tests that how accurately and speedily you can find out errors from the given data. Mostly, you would be given two columns of data and you have to find the differences between the two. The data is not much meaningful. This type of test is done for clerical jobs, administrative jobs, or jobs related with banking and accounting. Work sample: In this you will have to give the sample of the work you are expected to do after you get the job. Therefore, it will involve a specific skill.