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1 What is an industrial skills test (IST)?
Employers use the IST to test the abilities of applicants for jobs in the industrial sphere. These jobs can be in the areas of manufacturing, shipping, and distribution. Employers also use it to test current employees and assess if they are suited to the work they are engaged in.
If you have applied for an industrial job you can expect to come across the test in the recruitment process. As with all pre-employment tests employers use the IST to evaluate applicants, before deciding who will progress to the interview stage.
What companies use the IST?
A wide range of companies use the test but chief among them are:
- Pacific Gas and Electrical Company
- Smithfield Foods
- Anheuser Busch
- PG and E
Job applicants for the following positions may be asked to take the test:
- Construction workers
- Warehouse staff
- Maintenance staff
Is the IST hard?
All pre-employment tests are hard because the prospective employer is seeking the best people to fill a position. He is looking for people who display the skills level required to carry out the work.
Because of the high level of applicants for jobs in the industrial sphere, you will be in competition with many more applicants when you do this test, something that again stresses the need to prepare for the IST.
From the test the employer can determine if you have:
- The ability to follow instructions
- The aptitude to follow work processes
The questions in the test have been developed by psychologists to test your abilities in these areas.
With good preparation and work, you can rise above the competition and ace the test.
How can I prepare for the IST?
To prepare for any test you need accurate information on what the test entails. For this, we advise relying on the services of a reliable test preparation company like Job Test Prep. You can get all the information you need from Job Test Prep and also the resources that will help you to prepare.
It is recommended you get a test prep pack containing sample test papers mirrored on the real test.
Using the sample papers will help you to:
- Become familiar with the format of the tests
- Access detailed explanations of the questions asked
- Give you the confidence of knowing that there will be no unpleasant surprises in the real test
What does the Industrial Skills Test consist of?
There are three sections in the test each made up of multiple-choice questions. All three are timed tests.
You will be tested in each of the following sections:
This section is 30 minutes long. You are given a piece of text to read and 25 multiple choice questions to answer. Your scores on this test will tell the employer how good your comprehension skills are and if you can pay attention to detail.
Try your skills with the following sample question.
“Although Britain would not use African troops in Europe, as this would “undermine the dignity of the white man”, to Britain’s horror and disapproval, France used some 160,000 Africans from its west African colonies in Europe, with another 65,000 used elsewhere. Britain used some 50,000 African troops and about one million ‘carriers’ in the African campaigns and some 1,000 were used in Mesopotamia. The death rates were high: in the east African campaigns, over 11,000 African soldiers and around 100,000 carriers died; some 22,000 were wounded and/or missing-in-action.”
As opposed to Britain, where did France use African soldiers?
A. In Europe
B. In Mesopotamia
C. In the African campaigns
D. In India
In a world where people read less than they did in previous years, regular practice will hone your skills in this area, and you will reach the stage where you are able to find the correct answers quickly.
Expect your numerical skills to be tested here. This is once again a 30-minute test with 25 questions to be answered. You will be tested on basic Math skills, have to do word problems and show your skills in analyzing charts and graphs.
Test your numerical skills on this free numerical reasoning test.
Expect a test on your knowledge of machinery and mechanical concepts that apply in the workplace here.
In this 20-minute section, you will have to answer approximately 36 questions. As part of the assessment, you may be given a diagram to work from.
Checking over your test scores the employer will know if you understand various mechanical skills and if you have the mechanical aptitude required to work in an industrial field.
Try your hand at a free sample mechanical test here.
Tips to prepare for the IST test
Knowing what is being tested in each of the sections and with your sample papers to hand, it is time to put a preparation routine in place.
Try the following tips to make your preparation more effective:
- Work in a designated, distraction-free place for all preparation sessions
- Work to a timetable, especially if you are already working a job or haven’t taken a test in some time
- Aim to leave the day prior to the test free for last-minute reviews and to rest before taking the test
- Work in short (50 minutes) blocks of time followed by 10-minute breaks
- Get adequate rest, nutrition, and exercise. This will help your brain to work better.
Using your sample papers in each preparation session will:
- Give a structure to your preparation
- Allow you to measure your progress and see which areas might need more attention than others
- Train you to work within the time limits allowed in each section
Doing the test
Approach the test well rested and clear-headed. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security by the shortness of the test. This is one of its more challenging aspects. You will be working under pressure to complete everything on time.
Remind yourself that you have done the work and deserve to ace this.
If you have been called to do an IST, you will find the resources you need to ace it here.
2 What is the CAT4 Level G Test?
The CAT4 Level G test is the most difficult of the CAT4 tests and is administered to 11+ students in the 14 years 6 months to 17 years age group.
Its purpose is to determine what subjects are most suitable for students to take in their continuing education. Test results are also used for admission to senior schools worldwide.
Given those factors, the test has a huge bearing on a student’s academic future and hence on the careers they may pursue when their formal schooling has ended.
Is the CAT4 Level G very difficult?
The CAT4 Level G is at the pinnacle of CAT4 testing. Its difficulty lies in a number of factors:
- Different test format – Students are not tested on reading or arithmetical skills in the way they might have been in previous tests. Likewise, they are not tested on material they might have previously studied. The test’s difference is what makes it very challenging.
- Cognitive abilities – Students are tested on their cognitive abilities in the areas of verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, (thinking with shapes and space) quantitative reasoning, spatial reasoning (thinking with visual images).
- Complex questions – Questions used to test the students are complex and very different to questions they may have previously encountered. Instead of being tested on material they might have learned by rote, students are asked to work with shapes and images, to find recurring patterns and use those in answering.
- Timed test – Time limitations are strictly controlled. In the 45 minutes used for the test, students will be faced with 4 test batteries, each battery containing two sections.
- Multiple choice questions – Questions are multiple choice.
Can you prepare for the CAT4 Test?
Yes. In fact, preparation for the test is essential if you are not to be overwhelmed by how different the testing is at this level.
For effective preparation, we recommend you use the resources of Test Prep Online, a reliable test preparation company. From them, you will get the information you need about the Level G CAT4 and a test prep pack with sample question papers.
Using this resource, you will be using sample test papers mirrored on the real test. You will also get explanations for questions and be able to check your scores as you prepare.
Preparing for the CAT4 Level G Test
The first step in your preparation is to discover exactly what format the test takes. You will be tested in the following 4 batteries with each battery divided into two sections:
Tests you on verbal classification and verbal analogies
Here you will be tested on number series and number analogies
Expect questions here on figure classification and figure matrices
Questions here focus on figure analysis and figure recognition
Each of these areas are assessed in 3 short tests:
This deals with figure classification and figure matrices. You are allowed 10 minutes for each of those sections and have to answer 24 questions in each section.
This tests you on verbal classification and verbal analogies. 8 minutes are allowed for each of those sections and 24 questions have to be answered per section. Questions on number analogies are also part of the 2nd test. For this section, you are allowed 10 minutes to answer 19 questions.
This deals with number series requiring you to answer 18 questions in 8 minutes. Another section on figure analysis presents 18 questions to be answered in 9 minutes. The figure recognition allows another 9 minutes, this time to answer 18 questions.
To get some first-hand experience of the style of questioning try this free sample test here
How do I get a good score in CAT Level G?
In preparing for the Level G test you have to recognize it is going to be different to any test you have attempted before this.
Practice and use accurate preparation materials. This will put you in a position to score well.
Becoming familiar with the test and the style of questioning will also save you from being overwhelmed when doing the real test.
Having become familiar with what the test entails, your next step is to put a preparation plan in place. This again will be different to preparation you have done for previous tests. You will not be working on material you have studied already but rather on new material.
This will involve working through the sample papers and explanations that come with your test prep pack.
Using these will:
- Make you familiar with the style of questioning
- Enable you to hone your skills as you do test after test. As you work through the exercises you will find yourself developing the mindset needed to identify recurring patterns.
- Give you the confidence of knowing that your work is directly geared to the test
- Allow you to assess your progress from test to test and identify any areas that are affecting your scores
Effective preparation needs effective planning
To make your preparation effective try the following tips:
- Have a designated study place free from distractions
- Draw up a timetable and stick to it. This will ensure you are ready when the test time comes round and help you avoid any last-minute scramble to cover material.
Use proven study strategies
Effective study does not involve spending long hours poring over material. To benefit from the work you are doing try the following tips:
- Work in short blocks of 40-50 minutes
- Take a 10-minute break after every study block
- Study by doing. Doing exercises and sample questions helps you retain material and hone your skills more effectively than glossing over material.
Remember: A healthy mind in a healthy body
You have completed tests before this, but a Level G test is probably going to be your most challenging one yet. While your mind is dealing with those complex questions it is depending on your physical well-being to help it rise to the challenge.
To give it the support it needs, ensure you get:
- Adequate rest
- Proper nutrition
- Fresh air and exercise
Doing the test
You have done the preparation. To capitalize on your work approach the test:
- Confident you can do this
If you want to ace the CAT4 Level G test, go here for accurate test preparation resources.
3 Prepare for the Berke Assessment
If you are on a job search you are quite likely to meet the Berke Assessment during your search. This pre-employment test is unique in that it is tailored to a company’s specific needs.
Having to take any assessment test can be daunting. But, if you prepare properly, there is nothing to fear. Read on to discover all you need to know to prepare for the Berke Assessment and land your next job.
What is the Berke Assessment?
The Berke Assessment is a test many people must take when applying for a new job. It helps employers choose the most appropriate candidates for the role. It will measure a candidate’s aptitude in a variety of aspects. These range from personality to logic and problem-solving, to intelligence.
The Berke Assessment also gives post-test reports to the potential employer. The employer who ordered the test is given a Job Fit report detailing how well the applicant matches what the employer is seeking in an employee. An Interview Guide provides the employer with a list of questions that he may want to ask you when you progress to that stage.
Can I prepare for the Berke Assessment?
Preparation is essential for any test. Before you begin your preparation you need to get accurate information on the test you will be given. To get this information we advise relying on the services of an experienced test preparation company like Job Test Prep.
They will supply you with the information you need as well as test preparation resources in the form of a test prep pack. The test prep pack contains sample test papers modelled on the real test, detailed explanations of questions and a means of checking your scores as you do the tests.
Having received your test prep pack from Job Test Prep your first task is to become familiar with the assessment process.
What is measured in the Berke Assessment?
Personality and cognitive abilities are measured in two tests. Using these two tests the Berke Assessment can give your prospective employer information on your talent, personality and intelligence.
The assessment measures the applicant’s skills in some or all of the following areas:
- Teamwork skills
- Communication skills
- Customer skills
- Problem-solving skills
If asked to take the test you can also expect a personality test. The personality test will be able to profile you under the following headings:
- Social adaptability
- Structure: Tests your ability to see order, certainty and correctness.
What companies use the Berke Assessment?
As the test can be adapted to specific needs of different companies, a range of companies use the Berke Assessment.
Beazer Homes uses it when filling positions in sales. Other companies that use the test are:
- David Weekley Homes
- The Renaissance Network
- And many others
What format does the Berke Assessment follow?
Depending on the position you are being tested for the test ranges from 12 to 55 minutes.
Depending on the position you can expect to be tested on:
- Your ability to produce ideas in a rapid sequence
- Your logical problem-solving skills
- Your rapid-fire problem-solving skills
- Spatial Visualization Test yourself with this
- Ability to think in 3 or more dimensions
- How quickly you can understand and learn new ideas
Expect multiple-choice questions to be in some of the following formats:
- You may be given sentences with missing words. Your task will be to choose a word from a list that best fills an empty space.
- You may be asked to select words that are related to one another.
- You may be asked if you agree or disagree with a statement.
- You may be asked to type a paragraph in 30 seconds
Preparing for the Berke Assessment
Now that you can see the challenges posed by the test it is time to put your preparation plan in place.
Cognitive Ability Test
For effective preparation for the cognitive ability test use your sample papers as the backbone of every preparation session you engage in. This will ensure you are:
- Working on questions modelled on the real exam
- Becoming more familiar with the style of questioning with each test paper you do
- Able to measure your progress from test to test
- Able to identify areas that may need more work
Preparing for the personality test use the sample papers in the same fashion. However, a lot of applicants find the personality test more challenging than the cognitive ability test.
They misunderstand the test and think they are being assessed on the type of personality they are. However, personality is measured from the type of behavior you exhibit in answers to questions.
Here are some questions from a Hogan Personality test:
“I always plan my expenses in advance.”
Do you 1) Strongly Disagree, 2) Disagree 3) Agree, 4) Strongly Agree with this statement?
“I like being in charge because I can make things happen.”
Do you 1) Strongly Disagree, 2) Disagree, 3) Agree, 4) Strongly Agree with this statement?
Try answering these questions then sit back and decide what type of personality you are presenting in your answers. Your next task is to try changing your answers and again assess the personality type you are presenting.
Working through the personality tests in your test prep pack will show you what you will likely come up against. Essentially you are learning to build the personality profile that best matches the type of person likely to be employed in the job you have applied for.
Important factors in your preparation
For an effective preparation plan try the following tips:
- Work to a timetable excluding the day before assessments from the timetable. You will need that day to clear your head in preparation for the assessments.
- Work in short blocks of time none longer than 50 minutes
- Take a 10-minute break after every 50 minutes of preparation
- Keep an eye on your scores. If something is causing you to lose scores, rectify it as soon as you can, otherwise it will become a habit that raises its head in the real assessments.
- Get sufficient rest, nutrition, and exercise. Your brain will work better as a result.
Doing the test
Expect to be a little nervous, that is natural and may even give you an extra edge.
However, if you become over-stressed it can sabotage all the work you have done. Have some stress-busting exercises in your arsenal. You may have some of your own, if not try breathing or stretching exercises.
Finally, get in there and give it your best shot!
If you are facing the Berke Assessment you will find all the resources you need at https://www.jobtestprep.com/
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Dealing With Your Child’s Emotional Wellbeing
You feed him clothe him but is he happy?
We all like to think of our children as happy little people enjoying their years of freedom before being overtaken by grown up life.
But have you ever wondered if a child in your care is truly happy?
Have you seen that child being withdrawn and not having the confidence to play, truly play with friends? Or have you seen him holding back in situations where he should really be jumping in and joining in the fun?
Or are you concerned about his progress in school?
He may not be doing as well as he should be. Maybe his interest in school has dropped. Maybe he mentions friends less often or is unwilling to talk about his school day.
And how do you feel when this happens?
Helpless? Hurting for him? Confused because you don’t know where to turn?
We know, 21st Century life is hard on children and their carers.
You and the child you care for are possibly among the many whose lives have been overtaken by the speed and general busyness of 21st century life. Living a life dominated by screens, technology and the daily grind can be demanding and allows little space for the essential moments of your child’s development.
Vital moments in the child’s development have to take a backseat.
– Opportunities for developing social skills are lost.
-Self-confidence becomes less important than having the latest gadget.
-The emotional development required for dealing with life’s challenges is pushed aside.
— Children’s carers are left confused.
DESTY Education Academy is there to answer your questions
Stephanie O Malley, B.A. Psych, M.A. Psych, an educational psychologist, had thoughts like yours when working with children. Seeing the effects 21st century living was having on young people and their carers, and having a passion for children’s emotional wellness, she resolved to do something about it.
And so DESTY Education was born.
DESTY Education has already helped thousands of parents, carers and educators of young children deal with the emotional challenges they are facing. Established in 2015 DESTY Education offers 2 programmes for children and their caregivers, The DESTY Emotional Resilience Programme and The DESTY Island programme both of which have answers to your problems.
—– The DESTY Emotional Resilience Programme is designed for parents, carers, and educators.
In the programme adults working with children will discover how to help the child develop his/her emotions in a way that will give him the emotional tools to deal with setbacks and difficulties they may face now or in the future.
Having taken this programme, you will be able to teach your child how to deal with difficult moments and how to bounce back up again after a setback. Recognising how busy adults are today, the programme is presented in short audios that can be listened to while doing everyday chores.
How do I know if this programme is for me?
People who have taken the programme have had the following to say:
I was able to observe the child and find out the most effective way of communicating with him. I have been able to build children’s confidence in the classroom and redirect their anger. Angelina McDonnell -Mangan, Early childhood educator.
The course has helped me to be calmer and more empathetic in stressful situations, Yvonne Gogan, parent, Middlesex
And you can also GO HERE for a demo
—– DESTY Island is an online one to one programme designed for children.
A fun interactive programme DESTY Island helps children navigate through the range of emotions they may be experiencing. In 14 lessons of approximately 30-40 minutes each the children visit DESTY Island where they meet their new friend DESTY. They tell Desty their story, personalising their island experience.
And they learn to:
- Identify their emotions
- Control those emotions
- Build self confidence
- Develop emotional strength
They are accompanied on their Island visit by a mentor:
- – Who may be a significant person in their lives
- – Who has undergone training in the Desty Mentorship programme
- – Who becomes their role model as they work through the programme together.
To add to the learning and the fun they carry:
- A teddy bear modelled on Desty
- A pack of feeling cards which they can store in their Desty’s pockets.
To build on the work started on Desty Island they are encouraged to continue the experience with an offline toolkit which includes a workbook.
What guarantees the effectiveness of the programme?
The individual child’s progress is evaluated giving you a clear indication of how the programme is working for him.
The programme is evidence based and developed by an educational psychologist.
Mentors and significant adults have access to psychological help throughout the duration of the programme.
Studies have found that 80% of children who completed the programme have become emotionally stronger.
Over 2,500 parents, carers and educators have trained through the Desty Academy.
The Desty programme has been implemented in virtual schools, international schools and by trusts dealing with children’s needs.
How do I know if this programme is for my child?
You can check out some of the statements made by people who engaged with the programme
It empowers children and gives them strategies to become resilient human beings. Paula Jensen Educator. Dubai.
I find it easier to calm down now and I find it easier to talk to the adults in my life. James Age 7
Or you can book A DEMO and see how the programme works.
DESTY is the answer to the problems modern life presents to parents, caregivers, and educators. More importantly it gives the children in their care the emotional strengths to deal with life’s difficulties in the present and the future. To help you give the child the tools he/she needs
BOOK A DEMO or contact DESTY at
E-Learning Post Covid
Freelance Education Content Marketer. Writing for onsite and online education businesses, trainers, course providers testing companies and EdTech.
How does e-learning fit into a post covid world?
A year ago, sitting school children down to learn at a computer was unthinkable. Up to that point, the world was worried about young peoples’ screen time. Covid changed all of that. E-learning became the saviour of young and older learners alike.
Post-covid will the newly found love for learning online continue or will it disappear as quickly as it became a thing?
That will perhaps depend on generations. Older generations have discovered the comfort of learning from home and are wondering if they will ever again venture out on cold nights to take a class.
But for younger people returning to classrooms will be a more attractive option. For them working with computers was never new. It was what they had spent much of their leisure time doing. Going to school via a laptop didn’t hold the attraction of playing computer games. And it didn’t offer the rough and tumble of schoolyard lunchtime.
The big question is how will they adjust to a return to school? Sure, they will hate the early mornings, the teachers who detect undone homework, but they will love the meeting with friends, classroom banter, and school buses.
So, how will e-learning fit into all of this? When the serious business of preparing for examinations approaches e-learning will still have a part to play. Covid has taught them they work better in a quiet, distraction-free atmosphere. They have learned how to relate to their teachers online and teachers have upskilled on online presentation.
But for the essential fun part of getting an education? Classrooms and school corridors are necessary for that.
So, where should e-learning go? Could the schools consider a combination of the classroom and online learning? That would provide the perfect answer, combining the best of both worlds.
And what of the teachers? Will they see online learning as an important part of educating their students in the post covid years?
Covid has changed the way we do things. Like everything else, we can expect our world of learning to have changed.