PAS | Online test preparation hints and tips

Prepare for your Test

In this section there are some useful hints and tips to help you prepare for tests, including what you can do before the tests, what you should bring with you on the test day and what you should attend to during the tests. By preparing for the test you will be able to perform to the best of your ability on the test day.

Before the test:

Ensuring that you are prepared for the test day can help you a lot.

  • Work through the sample questions on this website and read the familiarisation material thoroughly which is available on this website. The familiarisation material will include further sample questions that will help you to understand what you will have to do on the test day.
  • Get a good night sleep before the test.
  • Make certain that you know exactly where the test venue is and allow yourself plenty of time to get there so you don't have to rush.
  • Dress comfortably - you may cool down as the test progresses.

Test Day Checklist:

You will need to bring the following to the test centre:

  • A form of identification which includes a photograph such as a driving license or a valid passport.
  • Your letter inviting you to the test session or a booking confirmation.
  • A silent, cordless, non-programmable calculator if applicable (this will be specified in the familiarisation material).
  • Two soft pencils and an eraser.
  • A watch so that you can keep an eye on your time in each test.

During the test session:

Before each test, there will be a set of instructions and an example test question(s).

  • Listen carefully to the instructions, paying attention to the number of questions in each test and how much time you will have to do them.
  • For paper and pencil tests make sure that you understand how to complete the answer sheets. The format will be similar to the practice sections of the familiarisation material. Mark your answers clearly and appropriately as instructed in the familiarisation material.
  • As you go through the tests you should check that you are marking the correct space in the correct section of the answer sheet. In other words, when you answer question 12 of test 2 you should make sure that you fill in the space for question 12 of test 2 on the answer sheet.
  • Try to answer as many questions as possible, as the more you get right, the higher your score will be!
  • For difficult questions, either try to choose the correct answer by first eliminating the wrong ones, or skip the questions and return to them later if you have time.
  • Remember, rough work paper will be provided for particular tests such as the numerical reasoning test.

There will be staff at the testing session that you can ask if you are unsure of what you have to do.


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