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oDesk Readiness Test – Is there a short cut?

Sometimes I analyze my blog’s statistics to see how people access the No Job for Mom blog. I was quite interested to see that several web surfers are interested in oDesk and are more than likely preparing to take the oDesk readiness test.

oDesk Queries

There are many search queries for “oDesk readiness test answers” and “oDesk test answers” and “oDesk ready test answers.” I was rather impressed at the resourcefulness of the readers to search the web for the readiness test answers. However, the answers for the oDesk readiness test are all contained on the oDesk site.

oDesk Readiness Testing Strategy

The great thing about the oDesk readiness test is that it is an “open book” test. Before I took the test, I decided to read through all of the preparatory information. I took a day or two to read through everything only to come to the conclusion that there was no way I was going to remember everything about oDesk by reading all of the material.

I familiarized myself with the information, but could not memorize it. Therefore, when it came time to take the test, I opened another browser window and quickly researched the oDesk site for the appropriate answers.


Apparently the strategy worked because I was able to pass the oDesk readiness test.

Sometimes there are short cuts and there are long cuts. The long cut is to search the web to find answers when the answers lay right within the confines of the oDesk website. The short cut is to take a deep breath, steady your nerves and follow the oDesk directions. Even if you don’t pass it the first time, the good thing about oDesk is that you are given a second chance.

{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Yang August 1, 2008, 1:09 am

    Well said! Indeed we’ve designed the oDesk Readiness Test as more of a tutorial for new providers so they can familiarize themselves with everything oDesk has to offer and hit the ground running once they start interacting with potential employers. It’s open book (in fact use of reference materials during the test is highly encouraged), has a very generous time limit, and if you don’t pass the first time, there is no waiting period to re-take.

    Good luck and happy hunting!


  • Dee January 6, 2009, 3:42 am

    I just can not seem to pass that test, its a shame because its open book, but I have no problems passing any other test but for some reason I need help!

  • Felicia January 6, 2009, 7:14 am

    Keep more than one browser window open. This way you can take the test in one window and look up the answers in another. Another suggestion is to relax. When you get stressed, you make mistakes.

    Take your time, look for the answers in the open browser window and relax.

    Sorry I can’t give you any quick tips, but I found the extra window and relaxing worked for me.

  • Steve Andrews aka Bard of Ely October 13, 2010, 5:52 pm

    I can sympathise with Dee because I cannot seem to pass the test either and have failed three times so far. As a writer, who has had a book published, articles and a column in a newspaper, and been published by several magazines, as well as having a degree in Journalism, I have found this ‘Readiness’ test to be really discouraging and I am sure many people must fail it and leave the site. As a writer I fail to see why such a test is needed anyway. I am a writer and surely I should be judged on the quality of my written work not on a test like this? I passed a test on there on American English with flying colours and got 97% of it right but as for this ‘Readiness’ test so far I have been found to be not ready!

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