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Tips and tricks to ace your In-Tray and E-Tray Exercise
Tips and tricks to ace your In-Tray and E-Tray Exercise

This article provides you with tips and tricks about In-Tray and E-Tray Exercises.

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Written by Ingmar
Updated over a week ago

Doing some research about the tests that you need to take is the most important step in preparation for any aptitude test. If you know what to expect you will increase your chances of performing well due to the fact that you’re familiar with the formats. Also, by practicing aptitude tests you will reveal your own strengths and weaknesses that you can work on in preparation for the actual assessment. 

Therefore, we advise you to find out the test publisher and exact name of the tests that your are about to take, and then search or contact us to get more details about this test. 

These effective test-taking strategy tips and ticks are well worth remembering before you take the actual in-tray and/or e-tray exercise:

  • Practice, practice and practice some more to ace your assessment and aptitude tests!

  • Try to stay calm under the the pressure of a time limit and being under observation. Attention to detail and the ability to read and interpret instructions correctly will be the key attributes in this exercise.

  • Read the question, instructions and other information provided carefully before you start the test.

  • Read through the material provided; gain a sense of how much there is to do and try to identify if there is any connected information or clash of appointments/meetings. 

  • Make a plan and make sure you approach the exercise in a structured way. 

  • Scan, Prioritize and classify:

  • Urgent and important

  • Urgent but not important

  • Important but not urgent

  • Neither important nor urgent

Identify important information by using these indicators:

  • Who is it from?

  • What date was it written? (is it still relevant?)

  • Is action required? If so by who? (Delegate tasks where necessary)

  • Does it refer to deadlines? 

  • It’s impact on the organization (i.e. complaints)?

  • Avoid making assumptions; only use the information that has been provided. 

  • Remember: there is no one right answer in these types of tests. What’s important is that you are able to provide a logical and clear explanation of the reasons for your decisions.

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