Guidelines for Examinees - the Psychometric Entrance Test:
Before, During and After the Test
Pay attention to the proctors’ instructions and follow them exactly.
The proctors will pass out the answer sheets on which you are to mark the answers to multiple choice questions, the writing assignment page on which to write your essay, and the test booklet, which includes the writing task and all other sections. The proctors will announce when you may begin, when you must stop writing, and when you must turn to the following section. An examinee who fails to follow these instructions will be disqualified.
Every examinee must complete all the sections in the test booklet, without exception. The time allotted for each section appears on its first page. Reading the instructions is included in the allotted time. Each section consists of several parts that must all be completed in the allotted time. There is no break between two parts of the same section. At the end of the allotted time for each section, you will be told to turn to the next section. You may not turn to any section other than the one you have been told to turn to, even if you have time remaining. An examinee who opens the test booklet, or turns from one section to another without being instructed to do so, or changes an answer after the time for a particular section has ended will be disqualified.
You may not leave the room during the test. An examinee who needs the restroom must raise a hand and a proctor will accompany them. Restroom breaks do not stop the clock for that examinee. Examinees will not be permitted to leave the room for any other purpose (cigarette break or purchase of food and drink, for example).
Note: No study aids or electronic devices are permitted during the test! Anyone found with an electronic device or prohibited study aid in his or her possession during the test will be asked to leave the test hall immediately.
Maintain suitable decorum during the test. Treat the proctors and the other examinees with respect. Do not make noise or cause any other kind of disturbance during the test. If you need to get a proctor’s attention, raise your hand.
Read the instructions and questions carefully
Each type of question is preceded by instructions. Although these instructions appear in the Guide for Examinees, do not rely solely on your familiarity with them. Read the instructions again, carefully. Misunderstanding an important instruction might lead to mistakes in all of the questions of that type. Moreover, the test might contain new instructions that were incorporated after the Guide was published. It is also very important that you carefully read the questions themselves and all of the possible responses before choosing the correct answer. Likewise, before you begin the writing task, it is important to read the assignment carefully. Note exactly what is being required of you in each question, and only then answer accordingly. Make sure you write/mark answers in the correct places.
The Writing Task
The answer sheet for the writing task is two-sided, and you may write on both sides. Some of the lines are numbered so that you can see how much you have written. Make sure to write only in the designated places and not to stray beyond the marked margins. The answer sheet is read by an optical scanner, and anything written outside of the margins will not register. The scanner is designed to read marks made by a pencil. Any unwanted writing or marks should be erased. Make sure to bring two pencils, an eraser and a sharpener to the test.
Note: Each examinee will receive only one answer sheet for the writing task! You will not be given an additional or alternative answer sheet. The inside cover of the test booklet can be used as scrap paper. Plan your essay so that it fits into the numbered lines. An example of the writing task answer sheet appears in the practice tests.
Each question in the multiple-choice sections has four possible responses from which you must choose the best answer. Choose only one answer. Mark your answers on the answer sheet, making certain to mark the correct question in the correct chapter. The answer sheet for the multiple-choice sections is also read by an optical scanner that feeds the data directly into a computer. We recommend using a pencil so that you can erase and correct your answers.
Below is a section of the answer sheet.
Mark your answer to each question by filling in the ellipse that corresponds to the correct response, as follows:
For example: Let us assume that you are answering question number 2, and you have decided that the correct response is 3. Find the corresponding ellipse (number 3) in the column for question 2, and fill it in as shown.
The only correct way to mark an answer is by completely filling in the ellipse. Any other mark - a vertical line, a horizontal line, a circle, etc. - will not be read by the scanner.
Fill in only one ellipse in the column corresponding to each question. If you fill in more than one ellipse per question, your answer will be disqualified, even if one of the possible responses you have chosen is correct.
If you want to change an answer that you have already marked, use a clean eraser to erase the incorrect answer, and then mark the answer you feel is the correct one. Make sure your previous answer is completely erased; otherwise, the optical scanner might read your answer incorrectly.
You must mark your answers in the time allotted for the section. You will not be given time to fill in the answer sheet after the time has elapsed.
Do not fold the answer sheet, use tape on it or write anywhere other than in the designated places. Doing so could interfere with the optical scanner and affect your score. You may use only the test booklet for scrap paper; the answer sheet or other papers are not to be used for this purpose.
If you take practice tests while preparing for the real one, mark the answers to the multiple-choice sections on the attached answer sheet in order to practice using it.
Make sure that each answer is marked in the correct place. If you skip a question in the test booklet, make sure that you skip the corresponding place on the answer sheet. When answering subsequent questions, always check that the number of the question matches the number of the column in which you are marking your answer.
Note: You bear sole responsibility for what appears on the answer sheet. It will be read exactly as you filled it in. If you mistakenly marked answers in the wrong place, there is no way to reconstruct what you really intended, and the answer sheet that you filled in incorrectly will determine your score.