We’ve all been there: you’re really excited to beta test a promising new game or product, only to find out that you weren’t chosen because (surprise!) a million other people signed up for the same private beta test. It can be disappointing and frustrating to not be picked for a test, especially because often you don’t know why you weren’t picked.
We have some general advice on getting chosen for beta tests in our learning section, but let’s dive deeper into the subject with some tips to help you stand out and get selected for more private beta testing opportunities.
1. Be Thorough
Most private beta tests begin with a qualification survey. Filling out forms can be pretty tedious, and it’s tempting to skip over the stuff that isn’t required when signing up for a beta test. However, those questions are there for a reason. The people who created these sign up pages are looking for specific qualities and skills. The amount of people applying for a private beta test usually outnumbers the amount of available slots, so skipping even one of those questions could mean the difference between getting into a beta test and sitting on the sidelines.
Also keep in mind that beta managers are looking for testers who are going to be diligent and thorough when testing the beta product. The best place to show that you have these attributes is during the application process.
2. Stay Relevant
Many applications will ask about your interest in the product being tested and beta testing in general. When you’re answering these questions, make sure your answers are relevant to the product or company. If you’re applying to test a software product, talk about your interest in that software and contributing to its success.
Beta managers are looking for testers that fit the test requirements and have a genuine interest in the product. If you make sure your answers clearly and concisely cover those areas, you’ll be sure to stand out from the group.
3. Answer Honestly
Every now and then, we’re asked by testers whether they should “enhance” the truth in their beta test applications so that they can have a better chance of being chosen for a test. The answer is simple: no. It’s in your best interest to answer each question as honestly as possible. After all, if you say that you have tons of experience cataloging game bugs when you’ve never even seen a bug report form, you’re going to have trouble performing the tasks that are expected of you during the test. If you can’t perform the expected tasks, it will reflect negatively on you, which decreases your chances of being picked for future tests. In short, honesty is always the best policy!
4. Update Your Information Regularly
If you’re a member of Betabound and have a profile with us, it’s important that you update your information regularly, including what technology platforms you have, what operating systems you regularly use, what products you’re interested in testing, etc. We use this information to send out invites to exclusive beta testing opportunities, so by providing the most up to date information, you make sure that you’ll be eligible for any exciting new beta tests that open up.
5. Apply Often
Gamblers and investors both like to hedge their bets, and as a beta tester, you should too. You might not get chosen for that one really cool beta test, but if you sign up for five really cool beta tests, there’s a better chance you’ll get into at least one of them.
Just make sure you only accept the testing opportunity if you have the time to commit to the test. You don’t want to over-commit yourself and have to drop out halfway through because you don’t have time to give quality feedback.
6. Don’t Get Frustrated
Private beta tests can get ten times as many applicants as they have spaces in the beta test, so you may have to wait a while before you get into your first private test. It’s important not to get frustrated and give up while you’re waiting for your chance to show the company what a great tester you are. The company will notice your dedication as you apply for their tests and eventually your chance will come.
7. Cast a Wide Net
Don’t just apply for the big name beta tests. The Betabound homepage has a feed of open beta testing opportunities run by a variety of companies that you can customize based on your interests. Many of these are public betas that don’t require an application to join, so you can start testing and giving feedback right away.
If you’re trying to get your foot in the door with a company’s beta program, consider applying for a test that might be less competitive, like a software or mobile app test. This will give you the chance to show how great of a tester you are, which will help you get into the company’s more competitive tests in the future.
With these seven tips, you should be on your way to being chosen for more and more betas. What advice do you have for other testers about getting selected for beta tests? Share your thoughts in the comments below!