Cognitive Aptitude

Universal Cognitive Aptitude Test (UCAT)


  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving ability
  • Attention to detail
  • Logic and Analysis
score report for ucat

Test Description

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.

Score Reports

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?

  1. 1420
  2. 1510
  3. 1600
  4. 1690
  5. 1780

Answer: D

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?

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  1. 0
  2. 1
  3. 2
  4. 3
  5. 4

Answer: C

Validity Information

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.

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