Almost every IT company takes Aptitude written exam. This is the first step specially for any off-campus placement drives. Now this test have become important and integral part of interview process. They ask basic maths questions related to algebra, questions involving some logic, puzzles and basic calculations.
This test serves mainly three purposes :
1. These days, any job vacancy is likely to attract a large pool of potential candidates. Pre-screening these applicants can help reduce the number to a more manageable size who will then go forward into a more rigorous screening phase.
2. Everything requires some maths. Even css (cascading style sheet) requires maths. You can do things in programming without advance mathematics but then you have to rely on other methods. Hence they check for potential candidates.
3. Too many questions are given which are to be solved in limited time. Lets say 60 questions in 45 minutes. They check how candidate perform under pressure.
Aptitude test may be one of the following types:
1. Skills test – Candidate is checked for the skill required for job. For example you may be tested for typing speed if you are applying for data entry job.
2. Knowledge test – Knowledge required for that particular job is tested.
3. Ability test – Candidate is checked for cognitive and mental abilities.
4. Personality test – This type of test is used for measuring five basic factors of personality. Openness to experience, extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness and emotional stability. This test is generally held for sales positions.
How to prepare :
These tests are time constraint. That means you have to answer large number of questions in limited time. Hence you should practice it in same manner.
Follow these steps:
– Look for a silent place or room where no one will disturb you
– Collect your stationery
– Choose a set of questions
– Set the stopwatch. Time you give yourself for completing test should be 3/4th of number of questions in test. For example if you are going to solve 100 questions then give yourself 75 minutes i.e. 1 hour and 15 minutes.
– Start solving questions. Use rough paper.
– Focus on accuracy. If there is negative marking, do not attempt questions which looks tough. Leave such questions and proceed.
– If there is no negative marking, do not leave un-attempted questions. Mark answer for all questions.
– Simulate the examination hall type environment so that you feel comfortable when appearing for actual exam.
Study material to prepare:
Although Internet is flooded with study material, but we have compiled a list of resources which you can use.
– For a little advance level – http://quiz.geeksforgeeks.org/aptitude-puzzles-question-1/ and follow related articles.
– If you have enough time, take all these tests and I promise you will be able to clear this round with flying colors. – http://quiz.geeksforgeeks.org/placements/
– If you love reading from books like me then you must purchase one of these books. Quantitative aptitude test CAT preparation.
RS Agarwal and Arun Sharma are most famous authors for aptitude test books.
Purchase at-least one of these books and they will help you sail through your tough times.