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Mechanical Reasoning Practice Pack Updated!

Mechanical Reasoning Practice Pack Updated Engineer Test

We are proud to say that a three month project has come to an end; our mechanical reasoning practice pack has been updated.

Our test writers have added new and challenging questions that adhere to the latest trends in mechanical reasoning tests. Any candidate applying for a technical position would benefit greatly from practicing these questions.

For more information, please refer to our mechanical reasoning practice pack >>

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UKCAT Tips - Techniques To Help You Read Quickly

UKCAT Tips - Techniques To Help You Read Quickly - JobTestPrep's Blog

If the above sentence took more than about half a second for you to read then you’d do well to keep reading! Literally!

A fundamental part of any aptitude test is reading, UKCAT in particular. With the time constraints placed on you for your tests you cannot absorb the information slowly. As such, as part of our series of UKCAT Practice Tips articles, today we will be discussing reading and how to speed yours up:
  • Look at and re-look at the format of the different tests you will be sitting. This will help you get a feel for the structure of the questions and you will be used to reading like this again and again until you finally sit the real test in which you will know exactly what key parts go where and how to deal with the information provided.
  • Take in more than 5 words. Make sure you look at as many words as possible, this will help you digest the words you've just read and be ready for the next set. This is actually very easy to do all it requires is a little confidence, which requires a little practice. Computer programs like [If we can make our own it would be better] can help you practice this.
  • Use the mouse pointer to track your position in the text.
  • Start reading a new book in your spare time alongside whatever else you may be reading and set yourself a goal to read 1 chapter per two hours (depending on the size of each chapter).
  • Talk about the material you will be reading! If you want to absorb something more discuss it. Our team would be happy to simply talk to you via twitter and Facebook so do not hesitate! We will help you.
  • Skim material first. Read it without taking much notice of it to get a feel for the general parts in which it stands out then read it all and you’ll skip parts that are not relevant to the actual article, without even noticing you’re doing it!

There is a lot of information here and some of it might NOT be relevant to you, so speed read and take the ones that you think are most helpful and then implement them.

We must stress here at JTP that talking with people about the UKCAT and the possible questions is the most helpful in our opinion and we advise no matter who you are - DO THIS! 

If you feel you need more than just reading skills we have some of the best tutors available who are in their desired universities and willing to show you how. They can teach you everything you need to know about the UKCAT and even tell you a little about life when you're in university. Find out more HERE.

Good Luck!

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Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA), What is All The Fuss About?

Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA), what is all the fuss about? - JobTestPrep's BlogA short explanation of myths and detrimental beliefs about the TSA for Cambridge, Oxford and UCL.


Applying false logic

Look online for the TSA, you’re bombarded with questions from nervous students worried about getting into their highly sought after university. But does anyone help? No.
I've come across about ninety Yahoo! question with answers like “You can’t practice it”, “It’s something you’re born with” and other pointless musings of people who are just docile and willing to not put any effort in.

Ok so perhaps you've just finished a weekend of cutting shapes to an eclectic blend of cher and daft punk but don’t let your hung over, feeble state get the better of you. Don’t believe the hype, just think for a moment... If we apply the theory that practice doesn't make perfect to education as a whole. No, to life as a whole, then absolutely nothing in the world would be the way it is. Disease would be rife, no technology would have been created, in fact we would still be cavemen. We are surrounded by constant proof that trial and error and revising old habits WORKS!

So why?

Well it makes sense doesn't it, think. The original university to start it (Cambridge) has been a longtime rival of Oxford, as such the implementation of a more stringent recruitment process is beneficial not only for the students it will filter through but also for the perception of appearing to be the more prestigious of the two universities. A very smart marketing technique. Of course Oxford would take this to keep up and add another section just to spit a little in the face of cambridgians.

So let’s say the universities now have this lovely test, they don’t want people to perceive this as something you can practice and succeed and they make sure to let people know. Because they want to prove themselves as the elite of the elite, the genetically more superior brains of our world and considering the teaching and astounding level of education offered they've become a stamp of authority when added to your CV. But that isn't genetic, that’s because they teach so well. If it was genetic the very basic ideas of education would be obsolete (practicing theories, revising, learning way to solve problems or prove ideas).

How do I get in then?

Well how else? Learn. Dissect the TSA like it’s a frog and practice each section. All of these above skills and be honed and accessed faster and more efficiently when the time comes and you will not understand everything thrown against you so why not throw it against you sooner? We are the only place that offers in-house developed, online mock tests for TSA. We have explanations and solving tips and offer REAL time limits on the practice tests followed by scores. Find more tips and view our practice packs HERE and step foot into a university of your choosing.

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The Armed Forces Recruitment is More Difficult Than Ever!

Join the Royal Air Force, 1918 - JobTestPrep's Blog
RAF poster, 1918
A few interesting and fun facts about the British armed forces recruitment tests and practices from history until now.

Recruitment in the British Armed Forces 1800’s-1950’s

Up until the late 1800’s the British army was a bad job prospect, with soldiers being forced to serve for their lifetime and military practices being based upon punishment with no mutual respect between officer and private and a pay scale of 7 shillings per week, which compared to a dockworker of 28 shillings per week made for one of the worse jobs you could financially choose, even with the promise of promotion and looting.

Up until the early 1900’s when demand for soldiers was higher and people began being conscripted, Most soldiers didn't receive adequate training or selection testing, this goes especially for the Royal Navy who practised forcible conscription for merchant sailors, pirates and anyone with any experience working with ships, sometimes people without experience would be trained on the job.

During both world wars, soldiers were trained to the very basic levels a soldier could be trained however the navy were adamant about finding skilled seamen and the Royal Air Force (RAF) applied a more difficult recruitment test (eyesight test, medical test, fitness test and a look at the educational background of each candidate) only after 1941 were army recruits tested and placed in corps that closely aligned with their abilities.

Post-war recruitment and the ability for Britain to be the best

After the wars ended, national service continued for the cold war but finally in 1957 conscription was abolished and thus the urgency for recruits was lessened, the armed forces could then tighten their requirements and brought about a rigorous recruitment process. Not everyone was to be accepted and this gave England a more capable force of soldiers prepared for the future.

In present day

Prepare for Psychometric Tests and Join the Royal Navy - JobTestPrep's BlogThe appeal of an armed forces career has increased due to pay ranges, survivability, community and patriotism during an uncertain time, the forces employ stringent recruitment tests (Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Reasoning, Critical Thinking, Mechanical comprehension...) along side their physical tests, medical tests, interview and the educational requirements, also known as aptitude tests.

Aptitude tests are implemented by an ever increasing number of organisations and are proven to aid in the assessment of potential recruits, more effectively than previous forms of testing, they’re a branch of psychometric tests, tests that determine a candidate's abilities and match them to specific roles.

With the forces employing these psychometric tests alongside all previous testing it’s never been more difficult to join up and spaces are limited due to it’s effectiveness. A big step from previous conscription methods don’t you think? This is one of the many reasons why the British Armed Forces (namely the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force (RAF)) remain some of the most recognised men and women on the planet and why our armed forces customer base is increasing rapidly.

We are there to help you

So you've seen how recruitment has changed and how you need to be prepared. We offer practice packages for the Royal Air Force (RAF) Aptitude Test  and the Royal Navy Recruitment Test. The links provided will give you much more in-depth information about which tests each force is using for their recruits.

Good Luck!

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Fun Facts about Critical Thinking and Watson-Glaser Test

Did You Know?... Fun Facts About Verbal Reasoning
→ The intellectual roots of critical thinking are traced back to 2,500 years ago, to the teaching practice and vision of Socrates. Socrates revealed the fact that one cannot depend upon those in "authority" to have sound knowledge and insight. He demonstrated that people in high positions may have power yet they can be immensely irrational. He established the importance of asking deep questions that probe profoundly into thinking before we accept ideas as worthy of belief.

→ In 1958, Robert Ennis published an article about the Watson Glaser test, concluding that the test gave too high a score for the pathological doubter. If you answered “insufficient data” throughout section 1, “assumption not made” throughout section 2, “conclusion not made” throughout section 3 and 4 and deemed all arguments as “weak” in section 5, you would have had 66 correct answers out of 99, putting you in the 86th percentile (according to high school norms)! In comparison, if you answered randomly, you would probably have scored 44, putting you only in the 19th percentile.

→ The internet and newspapers today are full of wonderful, interesting, and incorrect information. How many times have you read a title such as this: “Researchers found that fewer brain cells lead to a greater love of chocolate!” just to realize between the pages of the article that the research was a correlative one (meaning you cannot infer that X caused Y).

→ Notice how logic is sometimes illogical (№1):
How a valid conclusion becomes unreasonable- 

If Jill is hungry, then she takes an afternoon snack.
If Jill takes an afternoon snack, then she has a light dinner.
Therefore if Jill is hungry, then she has a light dinner.

Makes sense, doesn't it?...

→ Notice how logic is sometimes illogical (№2):
How a false conclusion can still be logically valid-  

All bears are reptiles
Paddington is a bear
Therefore, Paddington is a reptile. 

Apparently, in order for a conclusion to be valid neither of the premises of the argument nor the conclusion deriving from them need to be true. Well, we all know Paddington is a bear (who liked to eat marmalade)!

→ Don’t worry! Many researchers believe that people are wholly rational; it’s just that psychological tests do not reflect their competence… They say that “Perfect rationality is for the angels” (Johnson-Laird, 1999). 

→ And of course, critical reasoning can be practiced! Click here and get started