Ability and Aptitude Psychometric Tools

Ability or aptitude tests measure an individual’s intellectual horsepower and are most commonly used in recruitment and selection. 

There are various types of ability assessments that measure wide range of mental aptitudes and skills including:

  • Critical reasoning
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Numerical reasoning
  • Abstract/Logical reasoning
  • Mechanical reasoning
  • Spatial reasoning
  • Essential business skills (such as reading comprehension or software competence)
  • Job specific assessments (such as sales or customer service specific assessments)

Getfeedback have a large range of ability tests available from some of the largest test publishers:

The Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal assesses the individual’s capability for critical thinking – a discrete skill distinct from, but not independent of, overall intelligence. It is available online and contains 40 items drawn from an item banked and candidates have a maximum of 30 minutes to complete the test.

RANRA (Rust’s Advanced Numerical Reasoning Appraisal) is a companion test to the Watson Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal (critical reasoning) and measures higher level numerical reasoning aptitude for use with those of high potentials (graduates to senior managerial staff).

The Core Abilities Assessment provides a short assessment of general ability. Providing insight on an individual’s verbal, numerical & abstract reasoning ability. The Core Assessment is suitable for quickly sifting entry level candidates.

The Raven’s APM & SPM tests assess an individual’s abstract reasoning ability through a series of matrices in which the individual is required to select the correct image to complete a pattern. The non verbal nature of the test means that it is a good indicator of general intelligence whilst minimising the impact of language or culture.

Athena is a numerical reasoning assessment which is designed to measure an individual’s ability to interpret and correctly utilise numerical information in a variety of ways. The test has been specifically designed to be used in an unsupervised setting with test items drawn form an item bank to ensure each candidate receives a unique experience.

IRIS Situational Judgement Tests (SJTs) measure the way an individual is likely to react to certain situations. Candidates are asked to rate the appropriateness of possible responses in relevant work based scenarios.

The Hogan Business Reasoning Inventory (HBRI) describes reasoning style – the ability to evaluate sets of data, make decisions, solve problems, and avoid repeating past mistakes. By assessing reasoning style, you can identify candidates’ problem-solving style, understand their capacity, and identify areas for development.

Talent Q’s Elements verbal, numerical and logical reasoning assessments provide an innovative new way of measuring aptitude. Suitable for any level of candidate, these self adapting psychometrics will automatically tailor themselves to candidates to accurately assess their level of ability.

Talent Q’s Aspects assessment is a unique portfolio of assessments designed for front line volume recruitment comprised of a range of assessments used to measure the fundamental skills and abilities required for front line customer service and support roles in a variety of industries.

The SHL Verify suite of ability tests assess a range of skills and are used to measure these early in the recruitment process. The various ability assessments can be completed together or used separately.

Essential skills tests for clerical or business skills are ideal for entry-level roles where education or experience may be poor predictors of job performance. These online tools provide a quick and cost effective way of determining whether your candidates will have the basic skills required to do the job.

Job Specific Solutions help you select quickly and cost-effectively for a range of contact centre and customer service/sales roles. These assessments are specifically designed to indicate which candidates have the required skills to perform in these types roles.

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