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Employment Aptitude Tests

Cognitive aptitude, sometimes called general intelligence, is the single most accurate predictor of job performance. This is because employment aptitude tests assess qualities that are critical to almost all mid- and higher-level jobs. These capabilities include:

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  • Problem-solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Attention to detail
  • The ability to learn, digest, and apply new information

Criteria's employment aptitude tests provide you with a rapid and precise way of measuring the abilities required to succeed in nearly every occupation.

Administering tests to your candidates helps you make better talent decisions. Candidates who score well on employment aptitude tests are more likely to successfully complete training, better equipped to adapt and evolve and learn new skills in fast-changing work environments, and tend to be better decision-makers. It should come as no surprise, then, that research shows that cognitive aptitude tests are twice as predictive as job interviews, three times as predictive as experience, and four times as predictive as education level.


Predictive Validity

Source: Heneman and Judge, Staffing Organizations, 4th ed

Criteria's HireSelect testing service includes the following employment aptitude tests:

  • Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test (CCAT): A 15-minute test of general aptitude that measures a candidate's ability to learn, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and reasoning abilities.
  • MiniCog Rapid Assessment Battery (MRAB): A nine-test battery created by Harvard University psychologists, the MRAB is an aptitude assessment that measures an individual's ability to process information, including specific cognitive functions such as attention, working memory, and reasoning ability.
  • Criteria Attention Skills Test (CAST): A four-test subset of the MRAB Battery, the CAST measures a person's concentration and ability to sustain focus on one or more tasks while avoiding distractions.
  • Wiesen Test of Mechanical Aptitude (WTMA): The WTMA is a 30-minute test that measures an individual's mechanical aptitude, or ability to learn to use and maintain equipment and machinery.