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I have been given a date for my psychometric test to be a chef apprenticeship with the RFA. Yay!!
I applied for it at the beginning of August. !
Sept 1st is when the test is.
I am very nervous because I have dyslexia. I'm scared if I ask for help. I know everyone can be super nice about it. But some people don't understand how difficult learning can be when you have dyslexia.
I know you don't have to be a GENIUS! But was never able to pass my English or Maths GCSE in school.
I really want this! But I'm scared my anxiety will take over and I won't be good enough. I've been studying for this whole month in maths and mechanical compression tests but in still not improving.
I'm still very positive about going for this role! Practically I believe I have the ability to be the right fit. But academically I struggle.

Anyone got any advice?
 

Canoe

Lantern Swinger
Speed is the key to the psychometric tests. You're better off getting a wrong answer to a question quickly than spending two minutes getting the right answer! (And consequently running out of time to answer four or five more questions.)

The questions are multiple choice. You don't have time to do long division/multiplication. Best guess, estimation and quick mental maths are your best bets.

I'll give you an example from the practice tests online.

Subtract 3776 - 634

Options: 3142, 3254, 3124, 2872.

My approach to this is something like; 3700 minus 600 is 3100. That means it definitely isn't 2872 or 3254. I'd then do 76-34 = which is 42. That gives you 3142. (For the second mental sum, you could even do 6 minus 4 = 2... which would then allow to eliminate any answer that doesn't end in a 2, leading you to the correct answer.)

It's all technique. Spend 20-30 seconds on a question. If you haven't worked it out by that point, take your best guess, put a star next to it and come back at the end if you have time. The most important thing is to not get bogged down by any one question. Again, in the context of the RT test, better a wrong answer quickly than a correct one it takes five minutes to get to.
 

Militantmonk

Midshipman
Also, You don't lose marks for wrong answers so if you find yourself with only 30 seconds to go and 5 questions unanswered, bang in some guesses before time runs out.

Ideally you don't want to be in this situation but if it happens it is a handy trick to use.

Do some practice tests beforehand and you'll be fine. These things are all about confidence.

If you let anxiety take over at this first hurdle you'll be screwed down the line in a SIFT or similar interview, So trust in your ability and preparation and don't let it get to you.
 

SeaBiscuit

Midshipman
I have been given a date for my psychometric test to be a chef apprenticeship with the RFA. Yay!!
I applied for it at the beginning of August. !
Sept 1st is when the test is.
I am very nervous because I have dyslexia. I'm scared if I ask for help. I know everyone can be super nice about it. But some people don't understand how difficult learning can be when you have dyslexia.
I know you don't have to be a GENIUS! But was never able to pass my English or Maths GCSE in school.
I really want this! But I'm scared my anxiety will take over and I won't be good enough. I've been studying for this whole month in maths and mechanical compression tests but in still not improving.
I'm still very positive about going for this role! Practically I believe I have the ability to be the right fit. But academically I struggle.

Anyone got any advice?

Have you told them that you're dyslexic? They allow for that. Don't be worried about asking for help- it's not a problem, they have proper alternate methods in place. If you need help DM me and I'll give you some top tips. Things have changed- you'd be surprised how good you are, and how well trained the recruiters are at spotting talent.
 
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