Psychometrical In-Baskets and Tests


On this page we answer as many questions as we can about the in basket (in tray)  you are going to make or have made. It’s specifically about the in basket Lakeview.

About your preparation

Great preparation will help you achieve great results. If you will be making the Lakeview in basket soon, please take the time to read the FAQ below.

(Click a question to read the answer)

It's an online exercise. As soon as you click on the link, the exercise (inbasket) starts first with instructions and explanations. When you're done with that, the real exercise starts. Meanwhile, a clock runs that automatically interrupts the exercise when the time is up. (after 50 minutes).

Yes you can! Preparation has a great impact on your results on the Lakeview.

Read instructions and explanations carefully.

And make sure you can work on the Lakeview undisturbed and concentrated.

Some notepaper and a pen may help.

A lot of it:

The situation you will be in: organization, your position and your tasks

Your objectives

Your team members and their tasks and skills

How you handle (or respond to) the inbasket "e-mails".

That's usually 50 minutes. You can see the clock counting down in the upper right corner.

Yes you can. If you think some email or a question is difficult, it's better to move on. You can always go back to any part that you skipped.

That can happen from time to time. The power may be off or the Internet may be down. That's not a problem. You can refresh the link on many computers with F5. You can also click on the link again. Then the exercise will continue at the same time as where you were interrupted.

Any computer with an internet connection will suffice. Do not use a phone or tablet.

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About the report

After you have completed the in basket Lakeview, a report is created automatically. Below are the most frequently asked questions about the report.

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In the Lakeview In Basket, you can make over 160 decisions. How many decisions you actually make, depends on how quickly you make the exercise.

You have made 4 decisions for each email. Your decisions were about priorities, planning, delegating and subject matter. 

A number on a score is calculated by first adding up all the decisions that say something about one of the competencies. This calculation leads to a number. That number is then compared to a reference group. That is a group of people who have done the same  exercise.

It is mainly about the scores at the top of the first page. And especially the scores that are on the far right: in the column under the heading "Perc. Rank."

The scores in the right-hand column are rank scores. A score of 44 means that 44 percent of the reference group scored lower and 56 percent of the reference group scored higher than you did.

The easy answer is: the higher the better.

And in most cases we prefer scores to be above 50.

It is about the number of correct decisions. Therefore, speed of work does matter. But if your speed comes at the expense of quality, it works out wrong in your scores. Wrong decisions affect results and scores.

It stands for "logical sequence".
For all emails, you were asked when you were going to respond to or handle that email. Your decisions on this are used for your score for "Scheduling".
In addition, it is also assessed whether your planning is well thought out. Which means your actions are in a "logical" order. An example: you arrange extra parking spaces before a big party.

A question about the in basket