Ability and Aptitude Psychometric Tools

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

There are various types of ability and aptitude psychometrics that measure a 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)

GFB have a large range of ability and aptitude psychometrics available from some of the largest test publishers:

What we do

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.

NDIT is a numerical reasoning assessment that goes beyond a candidate’s typical math skills to identify the ability to manipulate and interpret numerical information from reports, charts, tables, or dashboards.

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.

DAT is a gold-standard suite of assessments measuring cognitive abilities in a number of different areas. This latest edition, DAT Next Generation combines cutting-edge Computerised Adaptive Testing technology or CAT to offer five new DAT tests in a number of languages.

Hogan Psycyhometrics

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.

SHL Psychometric

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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