The DBS PLI Test

If your dream is to have a lucrative career at the Development Bank of Singapore, then you must be prepared to take a pre-employment practice test popularly known as DBS PLI assessment test.

In case you have already been shortlisted as one of the candidates who will take this test, you are probably stressed out because you aren’t sure whether you will make it or you will have to give up your dream of working in this organization. Luckily, you have come to the right place! Read on and keep your hopes high!

The DBS hiring process

Before DBS employs you, you must go through a pre-employment process which has two main sessions: the DBS PLI Assessment test, and the DBS Interview. These sessions must be undertaken by anyone applying for a job with the organization including bankers, lead developers, seed programmers, graduate associates and many more.

Once you receive a call from a DBS recruiter, give yourself a pat on the back because it means your application has been accepted. But don’t celebrate yet! You will be invited for the first session – which is not a walk in the park. Nonetheless, you can easily succeed in it as long as you have confidence in yourself and take the appropriate steps to prepare thoroughly for what is to come in the test!

DBS PLI Assessment Test: Everything you need to know

The Predictive Index Learning Indicator (PILI) or Predictive Index Learning (PLI) was specially designed to assess the cognitive capabilities of potential employees. It also helps to determine the level at which an individual looking for employment can perform complex tasks when pressed for time, adapt to different working conditions, learn new things swiftly, and solve convoluted problems.

Just like any standard PLI test, the DBS test is divided into three main categories, which are further subdivided into nine subcategories that are essential in measuring the individuals’ cognitive capabilities and knowledge acquisition as outlined below:

    • Numerical reasoning: in this category, DBS aims at testing number values, number series, and math problems.
    • Verbal reasoning: DBS uses this category to test verbal analysis, antonyms, and analogies
    • Abstract reasoning: DBS recruiters depend on this category to test common features, visual analogies, as well as visual series.

Typically, this test comprises of 50 questions which should take 12 minutes to complete. The whole idea behind this test is for DBS to get a glimpse of a candidate’s unique skills and knowledge that couldn’t be captured in the resume, other than relying on knowledge acquired in academic institutions.

The reason why many people might fear taking the DBS PLI Assessment is because they believe it is as difficult as most cognitive ability tests. On the contrary, this organization is committed to using simple words and expressions in its test. However, getting a high score is not as easy as it sounds. Remember, you will have less than 15 seconds to think through every question. This is where the primary challenge lies, and the main reason why you need these essential tips!

  • Practice!

Practicing for a DBS PLI test is something that cannot be overlooked. Thankfully, there are hundreds of practice tests on the internet, which could be similar to the actual one. Simply research about DBS and the skills they look for in employees and try as much as you can to do tests that focus on them.

Look at the amount of time you will take to complete every question, and record the number of questions you completed before time elapsed. This way, you will be able to assess your speed and develop strategies to improve on it.

  • Identify your strengths and weaknesses

When you are done with your practice tests, it is time to look at your strengths and weaknesses. Assess the areas you have failed the most, and seek to understand the reason behind the failure. Don’t forget to be honest with yourself. If you have failed the math test because you are poor in math, devote time to study this subject instead of giving up or capitalizing on what you love. Then, retake some tests and take note of any improvements.

Also, don’t forget to look at the questions you guessed. Remember, uneducated guesses might not work for you during the actual test. Therefore, treat questions you got right through guesswork as wrong, and study them hard. Getting them right is what will give you a competitive edge over your competitors.

  • Prepare!

Now that you have worked on your weaknesses, capitalized on your strengths, and practiced thoroughly for the DBS PLI test, it is time to get mentally prepared. Since you will have 50 questions to answer in 12 minutes, do some quick math and identify the amount of time you will need to spend on every question.

For these purposes, Prepterminal has produced a comprehensive preparation pack for the PLI test. Featuring focused study modules with both text and video components, this course has been thoroughly tested by our in-house psychometric experts. For preparation from the ground up, there is no option more ideal than Prepterminal.

The stress factor: How to deal with it

Regardless of how prepared you are for the DBS PLI test, stress is often an unavoidable thorn in one’s side. You might have an idea of the type of questions you might find thanks to your prior research, but you are not ready to confirm your worst fears when you find out that the test is not as easy as you expected. Well, no one loves tests, but we cannot change DBS’s hiring process. That said, you need to combat stress before it becomes a stumbling block to your success.

Perhaps one of the most effective ways to fight stress is to prepare adequately for the test. You might have prepared, but when did you start doing it? Have you had enough time to do research and identify some of the skills DBS might look for in their employees? Prepterminal’s comprehensive preparation pack comes with these things and more – a one-stop shop for test success.

Also, a strong sense of motivation to achieve your objective might help you eliminate stress before you take your DBS PLI test. Don’t think too much about how difficult the test will be; instead, put it at the back of your mind that you need to get the job because your future depends on it. This will give you an inner drive to prepare, and gain confidence with the belief that you will outperform your competition.

Taking the test

Before the morning of the test, eat a healthy meal and have a good night’s sleep. Take the time to take mental stock of what you will encounter in the test, and if you try to fit in some light exercises to mentally prepare yourself – however, don’t try to cram the morning before a test. This will only serve to overload your mind and stress you out further.

If you have taken our comprehensive course and have ensured that you understand every module contained within, then you will be more than ready to face the giant head on in 12 minutes. Maintain your confidence, and when you finish, your results might project your resilience, hard work, and determination. Thanks to Prepterminal’s preparation pack, you may well find yourself one step closer to the job of your dreams. If you’re ready to prepare properly for this challenging test, sign up today for a comprehensive study resource with Prepterminal, your partner in test success.

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