How does an online assessment work?

You work on the assessment online. All you need are the following:

  • A stable internet connection

You will get an email with an access link and your personal login data (username and password), which you need to log in to the assessment.

Do I have to complete all the tasks in one go?

No. You can take breaks while working on the assessment, if the type of task permits it. To interrupt your work on the assessment in such cases, click on the “Save” button. Only close the browser after you have done so. To continue, log in again under “Continue test” using your login data.

What happens if there’s an interruption?

If the interruption is involuntary, e.g. because the internet connection is not stable, the answers you have given until then, up to and including the last set of questions, will usually have been automatically saved. Click on the access link again and log in again after clicking on “Continue test”.

Our support team will be happy to help you if you encounter any difficulties. In case of problems, please contact us at support[at]

Forgot your password?

Click on the “Send password” button to have your password sent to your email address within a few minutes.

How is an online assessment structured?

Each online assessment includes several sets of tasks. It is a combination of different types of tests that are compiled in very diverse ways depending on the context and focus of the assessment. The types of tests are:

  • Questionnaire
  • Motivational grid
  • Situational judgement test
  • Objective personality test
  • Achievement test
  • Speed test

Precise instructions and specific examples are used to describe each task and to explain how to go about solving it before you have to do so “for real”. You can take your time to read the instructions and try to solve the sample tasks. There is no time limit for this part of the assessment.

Once you get the message, “You can close your browser now,” you’ve made it: you’ve finished working on the assessment.

How long will the whole thing take?

That depends on the type of assessment you’re working on, for one thing. For instance, a quick run-through of our career counselling test for students (BERUFE-Universum) takes about 30 minutes, while an online assessment as part of a job application may take up to 120 minutes to complete.

For another thing, it’s impossible to give an exact duration because how long you need to work on a test also depends on your personal speed.

For instance, there is a time limit for working on performance tests (e.g. tests of mechanical and technical knowledge), but you may be done with the test before time runs out.

On the other hand, there is no time limit for questionnaires. An estimate of the time needed is 15 seconds per question. For 12 questions, you should therefore expect to take about 3 minutes.

Can I use any resources?

Yes, you may, but for most of our assessments, there aren’t really any resources to use. For instance, in the questionnaires, the point is that for each statement, you decide how much you agree or disagree. And that is something only you know.

Of course you can get out a pencil and paper if you want to take notes, or a calculator for solving math problems, before you begin with the assessment.

If you are taking part in an assessment at an organization’s premises, the people in charge will be able to tell you whether or not you may use any resources. If resources are permitted, they will generally be provided on site.