The Universal Cognitive Aptitude Test (UCAT) is a pre-employment aptitude test that measures general aptitude, which includes the ability to solve problems, digest and apply information, learn new skills, and think critically. As a language-independent test, the UCAT does not test verbal ability, making it easily translatable and ideal for international use. The UCAT consists of 40 items with a 20 minute time limit.
Each individual is given a raw score and a percentile ranking. The raw score indicates how many questions (out of 40) the individual answered correctly, while the percentile ranking is a relative performance metric that indicates how the individual scored in relation to others who have taken the test. For example, a percentile ranking of 65 means that an individual scored better than 65% of the group on which the test was normed.
Sample UCAT Questions:
1. A city has a population of 1300. If the city’s population grows 30%, what is its new population?
2. How many of the four pictures in the left hand column are exactly the same as the corresponding picture in the right hand column?
Construct Validity: The UCAT has been shown to be highly correlated with other leading measures of cognitive aptitude. For example, for a sample of 252 people who took the Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test (CCAT) and the UCAT, there was a high (r=.80) correlation between the tests.