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Admission and application tests: Overcome fear with templates and preparation

If your hair is at your fingertips at the thought that you are dealing with different test procedures during a recording, this is understandable. We will show you examples of what you can do about it.

Bewerbungs Test Preparation

Help, an application test

Congratulations, you've been invited to an interview, but help, now you're supposed to take a test. Such an application test can be a real challenge if you don't have the right preparation.

You will certainly have difficulty if you are confronted with such tests for the first time. Nevertheless, there is no reason to despair. Make yourself clearthat you are not alone and that you can practice these test tasks with the help of our tips.

How is an application test structured?

This post is intended to help you find the best way to pass such an application test, especially if the job is important to you. The first step is to find out what type of test you are going to take. In doing so, you need to figure out what questions you need to answer in order to get the job you want.

It is therefore fundamentally important to deal with this question: How is such a test actually structured? Well, you usually have to answer a certain number of questions in a certain amount of time. If you can answer the questions, you'll make it to your job; if you can't answer them, it will be difficult for you. The shortness of time also acts as a kind of stress test.

Proper preparation is worth its weight in gold

Above all, it depends on the right preparation if you want to pass the application test well. This is about organizational matters and especially about your emotional and intellectual attitude towards the tests.

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It is not always possible to know in advance what kind of questions or tests will be used in or during an interview Casting could be asked for a job. Therefore, it makes sense to prepare in advance, e.g. for what purpose you are applying for a position, what you can do to make yourself more attractive for this position, ...

Do not interfere with yourself

Very important to know: In most cases you will not be able to successfully process the large number of test items presented to you in the real test situation in the shortened time allotted. This is also intended in the test reality in order to determine the “performance limit” of a person. In addition, the tasks usually increase in difficulty.

For your personal evaluation please take into account that about 60 percent of correctly solved tasks (in the total amount of a test task type) are quite satisfactory. Basically, 100 percent can never be achieved, and if you're up to 65 to 75 percent, you can really be satisfied with your performance.

What to do if it does not work?

By the way: If you solve everything or almost everything correctly, you can still not be sure that you will achieve what you are aiming for Objective achieved, because testers and personnel managers are often suspicious of too good candidates.

If it doesn't work right away: Don't make your self-confidence dependent on the test result. You can still count as a winner if you learn from your experience and keep applying. Even if it's tough - the top priority when applying is: stick with it and persevere until it finally works. We wish you good luck and good luck!

Example of an interdisciplinary test:

Here, we will present you with typical questions about how you can be involved in an interdisciplinary test.

Christians celebrate Christmas…

  • a) The Feast of Reconciliation
  • b) The Feast of Love
  • c) the distribution of the Holy Spirit
  • d) the birth of Jesus Christ

2. A hydrometer is a measuring device ...

  • a) to determine the density or specific gravity of liquids
  • (b) for the detection of radioactive radiation
  • c) to determine the pressure of liquids or gases
  • d) for detecting electrical resistance

3. The Tate Gallery can be found in ...

  • a) New York
  • b) Los Angeles
  • (c) Copenhagen
  • (d) London

4. The owl is often chosen as a symbol for ...

  • a) passion
  • b) loneliness
  • c) Wisdom
  • (d) Peace

5. What was the conclusion of the Schengen Agreement?

  • a) Ethical control in gene tests
  • (b) Introduction of the euro
  • (c) reduction of border controls within the EU
  • (d) Coordination of frequencies in air traffic

6. Who was Louis Armstrong?

  • a) Musicians
  • b) Astronaut
  • c) Physicists
  • d) Writers

7. What is a paternoster?

  • a) Christian prayer
  • (b) Personnel circulation
  • c) a solemn procession at Easter
  • d) Ferris wheel

8. How many continents are there according to the geopolitical division?

  • a) 5
  • b) 7
  • c) 9
  • d) 6

9. What is the Porta Nigra?

  • a) a famous ancient bridge in Madrid
  • b) a Roman city gate and symbol of the city of Trier
  • c) a temple complex of the Aztecs in Mexico
  • d) a very venomous snake species in the Amazon

10. What is the current VAT rate for butter?

  • a) 7%
  • b) 19%
  • c) 25%
  • d) 10%

11. The so-called placebo effect in medication means ...

  • a) phantom pain
  • (b) a self-fulfilling prophecy
  • c) an anti-virus effect
  • d) a dummy medication

12. What is the Kaaba?

  • a) a special written document
  • b) a religious pilgrimage site
  • c) a memorial to the Holocaust
  • d) a central sanctuary of Islam

13. Genealogy deals with ...

  • a) Politics- and social research
  • b) Ancestral research
  • c) Archeology
  • d) genetic research

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