Cognitive Aptitude Tests

Research shows that cognitive aptitude is one of the most accurate predictors of job success: almost twice as predictive as unstructured job interviews, three times as predictive as experience, and four times as predictive as education level.

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About Cognitive Aptitude Tests

Cognitive aptitude, sometimes called general intelligence, is one of the most accurate predictors 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:

  • 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 1.6x as predictive as unstructured job interviews and four times as predictive as job experience.

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