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December 11, 2019

The Success Story of Online Assessment Tests

Training within the workplace has changed immeasurably over the last decade or so. With far more due diligence needed by companies across the board, testing has become a requisite in a vast number of workplace positions from entry-level, up to high-end corporate jobs. Not only does the training associated with this testing result in staff who know their roles in a fuller capacity, but it also covers their employers when it comes to any liability issues that can arise.

As more of these tests become the norm, we will see a greater need for those either applying for roles in a new company, or existing employees looking to scale the internal job ladder, to learn and practice the skills needed to pass the tests. To help those people achieve the results they want, we are starting to see services pop up that allow for anyone, anywhere in the world, to process extremely similar practice tests in preparation for the exams they will eventually have to sit, providing invaluable experience that would otherwise have been impossible to ascertain.

More variety means more job options

Being able to run through the TSA test XRAY practice, which is a particularly challenging and competitive test within the TSA (Transport Security Administration), is something that would have previously been difficult to do without physically going to a center for education. Equally, ascertaining an Elevator Industry Aptitude Test (EIAT) was not easy to come across before the internet age and could mean that someone looking into this industry would be shackled by their geographical location, and what was available locally.

Such variety has created opportunities for many people that would otherwise not have been privy to such choice, due to their location. Having them available online, at the touch of a button has meant that more people than ever before have the ability to train for positions that, in previous decades, would have been either impossible or extremely hard to do so. Where ‘brick and mortar’ educational facilities were the only option in days gone by, nowadays, anyone with a desire to retrain can learn the necessary skills and test themselves before applying for a position or taking a required test for a certain job role.

Convenience is obviously a huge factor in what makes these test papers so enticing (with many available on desktop as well as mobile for those who are busy working current jobs), but there is also another factor to consider when questioning why these practice tests have become so popular. Whether you are an employer, employee, or jobseeker, taking tests cost money. And failing these tests, time after time is not only demoralizing those taking the exams, but it can also become quite costly. Practicing similar papers can show a candidate (or an employer of a candidate) that they are ready to take the test in the first place. It is far better to fail at the practice paper, learn in what areas you are weakest on a test, and then improve upon the areas needed than it is to pay to fail a paper multiple times.

Familiarity breeds confidence

Lastly, these practice tests are allowing workers who generally suffer from nerves when being tested, to become accustomed to testing themselves while under pressure. It is a well-known trope that some people simply find tests daunting, and subsequently do not fare well when put under the sort of pressure that tests can seem to place upon them. Practicing under test conditions can, however, give a user valuable experience in an area that usually has a detrimental effect on them. As with many things in life, familiarity can help us overcome these issues, and lead to far better results than simply diving head-first into something that would usually cause panic and a loss of level-headed mental ability.

When you consider all these boons, it is easy to see why these practice tests are becoming extremely popular for employees and employers alike. Variety, convenience, and most importantly, better results are driving this industry forward at a speed that looks unlikely to abate in the near future, and with more courses being added all the time, more industries are sure to jump on this new trend as the years roll on. If the old adage is true, and practice really does make perfect, there is every likelihood for this trend to continue for decades to come.

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