Below we have collected some information about what exactly is Online Assessment, how is it developed, what types of tests there are and much more.
What is Online Assessment?
Online assessment is a procedure by which specific abilities or characteristics can be evaluated via the Internet. Such assessments are most frequently used in the area of personnel selection, in order to determine how suitable a candidate is for a specific job.
How is an Online Assessment developed?
Online Assessments consist of several tests or questionnaires to be completed by the candidate. Depending on the position which you have applied for, various abilities and characteristics are determined. For example, an Online Assessment could consist of tests for memory and concentration as well as for language skills and could also include a personality questionnaire. It is often possible for you to choose the order in which you do the tests. It is usually not necessary to complete all the tests in one sitting, but rather you can take breaks between the tests.
How are the individual tests structured?
The tests developed by cut-e are always structured according to the same scheme. To begin with, you will see a short introduction with descriptions of the test exercises. This is followed by an interactive sequence in which the test is explained to you in greater detail and the actions are demonstrated. Usually, specific actions need to be performed in order to be able to move on to the next part of the instructions. To ensure that you have understood the exercise properly, you are required to complete a few exemplary exercises.
In these initial explanatory stages of the tests, there is no time limit, which means you can take your time working through the exemplary exercises and look over your work when you have finished.
After the examples, a final page appears, in which the most important points regarding the test are summarised. When you begin with the actual test, you often have a set time limit. Once the time is up, the test automatically ends. As a rule, personality questionnaires are not subject to a time limit.
What types of tests are there?
There are several different tests that can be categorised as follows: If the aim of a test is to determine abilities such as concentration, logical conclusions or text comprehension, we refer to them as performance tests. Qualities such as willingness to cooperate, ambition or sensitivity are determined with the aid of personality questionnaires; specific professional knowledge is determined with the help of knowledge tests.
What is not tested?
In an Online Assessment, it is difficult to determine how willing you are to help or how friendly you are. These requirements are therefore mostly determined in interviews, role-plays or group discussions.
Why is Online Assessment being used more and more frequently?
Online Assessment has some very clear benefits in comparison to traditional assessments: Firstly, no supervisors or invigilators are needed for Online Assessment. This means that ‘gut feeling’ plays no role, neither while taking the test nor during the assessment so Online Assessments are very objective. Secondly, Online Assessment can also predict, with a relatively high degree of accuracy, how suitable a candidate is for a specific position.
Over and above this, there are also some very practical advantages:
An applicant can complete the Online Assessment at any time from anywhere e.g. from their home. This saves travelling costs, and it also has the advantage that the test can be performed in the applicant’s own familiar, stress-free environment.
The automated evaluation of results saves both time and money.
From a company’s point of view, the relatively limited amount of time required is one of the main attractions, as it enables the inclusion of a large number of candidates in the pre-selection process.
How can I best prepare?
What sort of hardware do I need, how do I tackle nerves, and how do I best prepare for an Online Assessment. This and much more is covered in this section.
What type of computer do I need?
Basically, any computer can be used. You simply need Internet access and a browser (e.g. Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox). It is best to use one of the newer browser versions because the very old versions are no longer supported. You need FlashPlayer for doing the actual test – this software is often required for gaming sites. Smartphones or tablets, however, cannot be used.
For optimal depiction of the Online Assessment, we recommend that you set your screen to a resolution of at least 1024 x 768 Pixel.
Do I need any aids?
Basically, you don’t need anything except a computer with a browser and Internet access. Other aids are generally not required. However, for some of the tests it is useful to have a calculator or perhaps pen and paper at hand. Some of the exercises, for example, are made up of various steps, the results of which you might want to jot down so as to make it easier to find the solution in the end. If any kind of aid is required or could be helpful, you will be informed accordingly in the introduction to the test.
Is specific prior knowledge required?
You don’t need any special prior knowledge. However, it is a good idea to familiarise yourself with online tests before tackling the Online Assessment.
How can I practise and where?
You can practise on our website: click below button FREE ONLINE ASSESSMENT where you have the opportunity to do various typical online tests and familiarise yourself with the use of the functions.
What can I do to counter nervousness?
Getting nervous doesn’t automatically make you a nervous person. Being nervous is related to a situation – in this case, taking an Online Assessment. You are expected to perform, but the performance could be rated bad. Actors describe the nervousness that suddenly plagues them before a performance as “stage fright”. And most of them don’t really want to get rid of it completely because nervousness can have a very positive effect on their performance. First of all, remind yourself that nervousness is absolutely normal. A certain amount of pre-test nervousness has a very positive effect: It channels your attention and mobilises your energy. You will probably feel a little better when you know what to expect.
I have a disability. What should I do?
Participation in Online Assessment can be very challenging for people with disabilities. For people who have visual or movement disorders, or any other disability, special arrangements must definitely be made to ensure an accurate, fair assessment of all candidates. In some cases, disadvantages can be overcome with technical aids or the right settings. For example, people with visual disabilities can use a screen magnifier. When activated, this device enlarges the area upon which the mouse is directed.
If you are uncertain whether you can participate in an Online Assessment, the best approach is to contact the company to whom you have applied.