Applying for a job and completing an assessment can be a daunting experience.
This section has been prepared to help you understand what to expect from the assessment process
and give yourself the best chance of success.
Our practice tests do not attempt to replicate the exact assessments you may be asked to complete. Nor do they necessarily reflect the difficulty of actual test questions. Instead, they are intended to give you a near-similar test experience for an OPRA cognitive ability and personality assessment.
Why do employers use assessment tests?
Some employers include assessment testing as part of the selection process to make a better, more informed decision about a candidate. There is a range of questions that an assessment test can help answer such as; can this candidate do the job, will they do the job, and will they fit our team and culture?
Well designed, an assessment test can:
- Help predict future potential, and likely on-the-job performance
- Confirm a candidate’s ability to handle various job-related activities such as working in a team, leading others, coping with pressure, and adhering to rules
- Sift out unsuitable candidates at an early stage in the recruitment process and reduce recruitment costs
- Measure job specific skills that are not easily assessed by other methods.
How can I prepare for an OPRA assessment?
Being prepared is an important first step to ensure you are ‘in the right head-space’ to complete an assessment test. Being prepared means that you know what tests you will complete, understand the test conditions (supervised or unsupervised?), and ideally, have completed some sample questions.
Making sure you feel rested and alert is equally important preparation for an assessment session. This means getting a good night sleep and completing the tests at a time of day you feel most refreshed.
As with any new experience, being prepared, feeling alert and well rested can reduce stress and minimise the impact of other factors which could inhibit your performance on the day.