How to crack Leapforce exam? How to pass Yukon exam? How to pass Lionbridge exam? How to pass Inca exam?
Before you can start working on various tasks, you must pass the qualification exam. The qualification exam you will take covers two types of rating tasks which will make up 70% of all tasks in the project: Needs Met and Page Quality.
Once your candidature is approved for certification, you will get an exam email with detailed instructions. Within seven days you have to study 160 pages of the General Guideline which consists of rating rules and concepts which teaches you how to do the rating of search results and assessment of quality of web pages. You should follow these rules and not use your personal judgment. What they want is for you to represent a typical user in your country. Before you proceed with the exam you need to study the Guideline at least twice paying particular attention to practical task examples. Keep in mind that it’s 160 pages long. As I always advise, don’t wait till the last minute.
Note: At the stage of examination, Lionbridge provides candidates with very good exam preparation support. You will get access as an exam guest to the Lionbridge learning portal where you can listen to webinars and even try to do a few practical tasks before the exam!
Important update: Lionbridge is very selective in terms of recruiting new raters, up on revising exam results they will check your activity on their exam preparation portal, with this in mind, I strongly recommend you go through all the webinars and tasks simulation on their exam preparation portal before proceeding with the exam itself. Make sure that you get a pass for Needs Met simulation tasks. You may do them several times until getting a pass.
There are three parts in the exam: you can proceed with the next part only if you pass the previous one. Once you complete any part of exam, within 3-10 minutes you will receive an email with information about results.
Google updates the way the exam is done from time to time. The main feature that has been changed recently is that you must rate pages from your smartphone (Send to Device tasks). If you do not have smartphone, they say you cannot apply for this job. This is due to the fact that the number of mobile users is constantly growing and the company wants to assess websites from the perspective of on-the-go mobile users.
Note:There is a recommended schedule that will give you plenty of time so that you’re not rushing to complete the exam at the last minute:
- Day 1 – Study the Guidelines – Make sure to setup your smartphone so that you are ready to take the final portion of the exam.
- Day 2 – Start the Theory part of the exam making sure you are taking time to CAREFULLY read each question. Some of them can be tricky and that’s meant to make sure you fully understand the concepts.
- Day 3 – Go back and study the guidelines once again starting with the Page Quality section.
- Day 3/4 You can start the second part of the exam which is the Page Quality section if you feel comfortable on day 3. You may want to study this entire day, and you’ve got plenty of time if you decide this to take the exam on day 4.
- Day 5 – Read the Needs Met section of the guidelines again and make sure to take your time. You’ve still got two more days to finish. And as it has been mentioned before, have your guidelines open in case you need to refer back to them.
- Days 5/6/7 – Get started on the last part of the exam ‘Needs Met Rating’
Part one Theory (Leapforce exam part one)
In this part of the exam you will be assessed on how well you understand the theoretical part of rating concepts, as well as on your ability to interpret questions and search for information in the General Guidelines. It is an open book exam, so you can use the General Guidelines to find answers to the test questions. This part has 32 question sections; each section has 4 parts, so in fact you have 132 true/false questions to answer. Read questions carefully, some of questions can be tricky in terms of their wording. You can consult with the guideline book while passing the exam and it’s strongly recommended to use this opportunity.
Note: Do not leave incomplete tasks more than for 1 hour, otherwise they will expire and you will fail the exam automatically. If you need to take a break,complete tasks and press “Submit and Stop rating”.
In most cases an hour would be enough to complete the theoretical part of Leapforce exam. The following message will be shown to you once you have submitted the last page of questions:
No tasks are currently available. Please try again later.
Within 10 minutes a result notification will come to your gmail, and in the case you are successful with part 1, the next part will be available in 10 minutes.
Part two Page Quality (Leapforce exam part two)
In this part of the exam you will be asked to assess 7 web pages for their quality. My advice for this part is to check all quality aspects, and fill in the online form very carefully so you can give a correct overall quality score (from lowest to highest) to a page. You should expect 2-3 low quality web pages, 2 high quality web pages and 2-3 medium quality web pages. Keep this in mind. In order to give correct ratings, examine web pages for ETA (Expertise, Authority and Trustworthiness) criteria very carefully.
Also, keep in mind that in this part of exam you need to give a PQ rating mainly to a web page and not to a website, although some quality aspects of a website have to be taken into consideration when assigning overall PQ rating, in particular in case of YMYL (Your Money Or Your Life) content which Google takes very serious.
Do not forget to write useful comments where required, otherwise the system may show an error.
You don’t need to finish this part at once. If you want, you can take a rest. The tasks are still available when you sign in. Again, if you pass this part, the company will send you an e-mail saying that you can proceed with part 3.
Note: The url/web page may not open on your PC, in this case do not mark these as “Did Not Load”. During the exam you should not expect to give a website this flag. If you do so, your answer will be incorrect. To solve this issue try to open link using incognito mode on your browser or/and give rating using other sources of information (website reputation, etc).
Part three Send to device (Leapforce exam part three)
This is probably the most difficult part of the exam, and many candidates fail the exam at this stage. There are 7 tasks, and each task contains 8-12 result blocks. In each task you will be given a certain query, and a list of search results blocks with links where you have to give a usefulness rating to search results using a scale from “Fails to Meet” to “Fully Meets”. Lionbridge and Leapforce exam passing score: in order to pass this part you have to get an overall score of at least 80%.
Note: while doing Leapforce and Lionbridge exam part 3, keep in mind that all links have to be opened on your phone because Google analyses web pages from the point of view of mobile users. If you do not have a smartphone, you may use any android emulator for this purpose, in some cases it is even more convenient than using a smartphone for opening links.In order to open the link on your mobile phone, click the link on the result block on your desktop and then go to www.raterhub.com/url on your mobile browser (Google Chrome) to visit the link. You must be logged in your gmail account in order to have access to raterhub platform on your phone. The same rule works if you use android emulator.
When you are evaluating landing pages in the exam, don’t place too much importance on the Page Quality slider. The focus needs to be on Needs Met Ratings. Do not worry about using flags in the exam such as the ‘Hard to Use’ flags.
One of the most important things is to absolutely know when to use Fully Meets. Fully Meets ratings are very rare compared to Highly Meets ratings. Avoid being too generous on landing pages. If you have any doubts at all, you should not be rating a page ‘Fully Meets’.
Additionally I would like to give general tips on how to proceed with Leapforce (Lionbridge) exam part 3:
1. Make sure that you fully understand the query and user intent. If you do not fully understand user intent, make additional research on the Internet.
2. Determine what type of query (user intent) is:
o Single entity (business) query with local or non local or both intent/to visit in person/navigate to a website
o Business chain query or query which is looking for business within one category (e.g. car repair service near me)
o Simple know query (where the user requests a specific piece of information, do not assign the Fully Meets rating to any particular result, the correct answer must be present in an SCRB).Examples of simple know queries:paris weather, delta airlines customer service number, current time in Amsterdam)
o Information query seeking a long answer/piece of information (what cases stress)
Types of SCRBs (Special Content Result Blocks): ny weather (simple know query), how old is universe (simple know query), does god exist (long answer seeking), berlin airport (single entity), burger king amsterdam (chain), coffee shops amsterdam (categorical).
o URL/website query
3. Consider the following aspects while giving ratings to result blocks: user location, for local intent queries far away results are useless or slightly relevant. This aspect is very important for the following types of queries: tire shops near me, where to eat near me, Walmart near me, etc. When you get a task with this type of query do use in built map for researching user location/view port and results.
4. Make sure you give correct ratings to special content result blocks for single entity and business category queries. In case of business chain/category query, the result block with a list of businesses is always better than just result for a single business within one category.
5. Consider expertise and trustworthiness of search results for financial, legal, and health related queries; low expertise and trustworthiness automatically reduce needs met rating of the results.
6. Think of dominant, possible common, and minor interpretations for the query and take this aspect into account while giving ratings to a result block. Minor interpretation results should get a low usefulness (Needs Met) rating.
7. Take into account how well the web page/website is optimized for mobile users.
8. Once you have analyzed and considered all listed above aspects, you should give a rating to result blocks one by one.
Note: In some cases there might be some results (links) which are not accessible from outside U.S. (usually websites of well known retailers such as Target, Walmart, etc. They ban access from foreign IPs to prevent hacker attacks). Raterlabs or Lionbridge do not take into account this factor and therefore rating such results as fails to met may lead to overall fail.
To make sure you do not miss anything before proceeding with part 3, follow pre-exam instructions to pass this part. There will be a link to a video. Watch it and follow the instructions.
Note: In part 3 of the exam (Needs Met), most of results blocks have Needs Met and E-A-T (previously PQ) sliders. Main focus should be on providing correct Needs Met rating, which in some cases might be affected by E-T-A (PQ) rating when it comes to YMYL queries and results. Leapforce/Google re-named PQ to E-T-A in part 3 to make it clear that the most important aspects in PQ are expertise, trustworthiness and authority. In general it is similar to PQ concept. While giving E-T-A rating you should evaluate MC under these 3 criteria. In most cases you may do it fast at a first glance approach, but be sure to provide good evaluation for E-T-A when you have YMYL query.
Note: If the user location map does not show user location correctly, and you have a blank page, hit the black arrow button. The task will be closed, but you will see “Incomplete tasks” on the evaluation platform. Click continue and come back to your task with the updated user location field. Remember that it is very important to take into account the user location while giving ratings to block results. Also keep in mind that there is no need to finish the task in one sitting. You can take a break if you need to.
Once you complete 7 tasks you will get this message:
No tasks are currently available. Please try again later.
Leapforce exam results and Lionbriage exam results
You will get overall exam results on the exam due date from Leapforce and exam due date plus one day if your vendor is Lionbridge. At Leapforce you will be asked to sign a few electronic forms and in 2-4 days you will be given access to live tasks. At Lionbridge you will have to complete educational course with no pass/no fail quiz before you are granted full access to the tasks.
US Raterlabs and Lionbridge raters
Once you pass the exam you will then go through the employment process which might take up to 3 weeks. You will be asked to complete an online version of the IRS Form 8850 (Pre-Screening Notice and Certification Request for the Work Opportunity Credit), and a tax credit questionnaire from a vendor payroll provider. After you have completed these two forms, you will be presented with a formal employment offer letter. After acknowledging your offer, you will still need to complete the required activities in a timely manner. Try not to postpone the completion of these important steps: Providing bank details for ACH payments on Paycom website. Providing your I9 Employee Section 1 and I9 Employment Eligibility Documents (section 2) must be completed by specified deadline. It is very important that candidates complete all required steps as soon as possible to avoid termination of your employment.
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