Cognitive Skills Test

Test your candidate’s reasoning, grammar and math skills with this comprehensive 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.

This test should be used when employees need to effectively problem-solve, multi-task and handle complex information; provide error-free written communications, such as business emails, letters, memos, or web content; and perform math calculations like inventory tracking, simple spreadsheets, billing tasks or sales transactions.

About This Test:

  • An untimed test of general cognitive aptitude (includes verbal, numerical, and abstract reasoning)
  • An untimed Grammar & Spelling test
  • A 6-minute timed Numeric Computation test

Recommended for: We recommend using this test for office administration and office managers, customer service and sales support, field technicians and representatives, and a variety of entry level professional to supervisory positions.

High Scorers: People scoring in the higher ranges on the three sections of this test should perform the cognitive (problem-solving, math and writing) aspects of their job more quickly with a minimum of mistakes and without the need for constant supervision.

Low Scorers: People scoring low on the sections of this test may have trouble learning and problem-solving, or may lack the ability to effectively execute basic math or writing/proofreading tasks. Low scorers will likely make more mistakes than high scorers or need regular assistance and closer supervision.

Time Limits: 6 minute math test; the cognitive aptitude and grammar & spelling tests are untimed

What the Report Gives You: A graphical display of scores and an explanation of results.

Testing Process: Online personality testing can be done from any device with a reliable internet connection. The use of mobile phones is discouraged. Test results are provided immediately.

Sample Questions for General Cognitive Aptitude Test

Sample verbal reasoning item: House is to dwelling as car is to ____________.

(A) transportation
(B) traveling
(C) speed
(D) automobile
(E) mechanical

Sample numerical reasoning item: Which number comes next in this series? 3 6 9 19 22 25

(A) 32
(B) 35
(C) 52
(D) 15
(E) 28

Sample abstract reasoning item: Which figure would come next in the series?

Sample Question for Grammar & Spelling Test

___________ is usually ___________ of snow in ___________.

(A) Their......alot......january
(B) There......alot......January
(C) Their......a lot......January
(D) There......a lot......January

Sample Questions for Numerical Computation Test

87 - 25 =

1/9 of 45 =

20% of $130 =

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

Select Validity Information:

  • RA’s Cognitive Aptitude Test (general mental ability) was found to be significantly related to: general professional jobs (r=.28**); managers (r=.42**) and sales positions (r=.38**), among others. The test correlates highly with the Wonderlic Personnel Test (r=.74**) and with the Otis Lennon Intelligence Test (r=.70**).
  • The Numerical Computation Test was significantly related to: composite job performance ratings (r=.30**); productivity (r=.22*); new learning (r=.28*); quality (r=.37**); and with overall job performance ratings (r=.29**).
  • The Grammar and Spelling is scored as a percent correct.


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