Cognitive Skills Test – Basic Reading & Math

Test your candidate’s reading and math skills with this short aptitude battery.

Pre-Employment Test

Purpose: The Cognitive Skills Test screens for problem-solving, basic math and writing skills and is appropriate to use for a wide variety of job titles and work settings.

About This Test: This test takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. It consists of 2 parts:

  • An untimed Basic Math Skills I – Arithmetic test
  • A 16-minute timed Reading Comprehension test

High Scorers: People scoring high on this test are usually faster in completing math-related and writing tasks and they make fewer mistakes. They are quicker to learn and less likely to need constant supervision and repeated training.

Low Scorers: People scoring low on this test are slower to complete math-related and writing tasks. They make more mistakes which then take extra time to resolve. Low scorers may also need constant supervision to make sure they are producing error-free and accurate materials.

What the Report Gives You: Aptitude scores and interpretation guidance.

Testing Process:

  • Immediate score report upon completion.
  • Proctoring desirable but not required.
  • The use of mobile phones is discouraged.

Target Group: We recommend using this test for general office and clerical workers, customer service and sales representatives, support staff assistants, and a variety of entry-level to supervisory positions. It should be used to hire temporary or permanent workers who need to comprehend reading materials (training manuals, instructions, customer correspondence), and perform math calculations (counting, inventory, simple spreadsheets).

Sample Question for Basic Math Skills I - Arithmetic Test

83 x 22 = _____

(A) 1826 (B) 1816 (C) 1736 (D) 1636 (E) Correct answer not given

Sample Question for Cognitive Skills Test - Basic Reading & Math

What percent of engine wear is caused by idling a cold car?


Sample Question for Reading Comprehension Test

What percent of engine wear is caused by idling a cold car?


(Sample questions differ from actual test appearance and do not contain real test content.)

Select Validity Information: This test battery combines RA’s Reading Comprehension and Comprehensive Basic Math tests. These tests have been shown to be significantly related with: overall performance (r=.21*); ability to learn (r=.37**); reasoning ability(r=.36**); skills competence(r=.24*); openness to new learning (r=.28**); overall performance ratings (r=.29**); and ability to get along with coworkers (r=.28**)


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