Cognitive Ability Test

Cognitive Ability Test

Evaluate aptitude, technical and coding skills with Adaface skills assessment platform powered with an intelligent chatbot

Evaluate aptitude, technical and coding skills with Adaface skills assessment platform powered with an intelligent chatbot
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  • UCLA
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  • singapore-government
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  • adidas

"With Adaface, we were able to optimise our initial screening process by upwards of 75%, freeing up precious time for both hiring managers and our talent acquisition team alike!"


- Brandon Lee, Head of People, Love, Bonito

Start using conversational Cognitive Ability Test for the most accurate and candidate friendly screening today
Start using conversational Cognitive Ability Test for the most accurate and candidate friendly screening today
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Customized assessments for every experience level
Customized assessments for every experience level

Customized by subject matter experts to cater to job roles for all experience levels (fresh grads to 8-10 years) within your organization.

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Higher test taking rate compared to traditional tests
Higher test taking rate compared to traditional tests

Adaface assessments have an average test taking rate of 86% as compared to an industry standard of 50%.

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Accurate evaluation using on-the-job, non-tricky questions
Accurate evaluation using on-the-job, non-tricky questions

Adaface assessments have relevant questions that test for on-the-job skills. We do not expect candidates to solve puzzles/ trick questions.

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Get a detailed scorecard with section wise breakdown and a pass/ fail recommendation

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Trusted by companies worldwide

Trusted by companies worldwide

"The hiring managers felt that through the technical questions that they asked during the panel interviews, they were able to tell which candidates had better scores, and differentiated with those who did not score as well. They are highly satisfied with the quality of candidates shortlisted with the Adaface screening."


- Human Resources Manager, Singapore Government

Everything you need to know about Cognitive Ability Test 👇

Everything you need to know about Cognitive Ability Test 👇

Adaface Cognitive Ability Test will be customized to accurately evaluate on-the-job skills required for your role. This assessment test is useful when you are hiring candidates for roles like - Graduates, Freshers, Managers, Data Analyst, System Admin, Front-office roles.

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Why You Should Use This Test

The Cognitive Ability Online test helps recruiters and hiring managers to identify qualified candidates from a pool of resumes, and helps in taking objective hiring decisions. It reduces the administrative overhead of interviewing too many candidates and saves expensive engineering time by filtering out unqualified candidates.

The Adaface Cognitive Ability test screens candidates for the typical skills recruiters look for in a potential employee:

  • The ability to process verbal and written information and data.
  • The ability to gather information, reach conclusions, and make decisions based on text, data, and symbols.
  • Understanding of basic mathematical concepts such as ratios, proportions, simple interest, and discounts.
  • The ability to use rational thinking.

The insights generated from this assessment can be used by recruiters and hiring managers to identify the best candidates for the role. Anti-cheating features enable you to be comfortable with conducting assessments online. The Cognitive Ability test is ideal for helping recruiters identify which candidates have the technical skills to do well on the job.

Questions in this Test



Number of sections 5
Number of questions 25
Duration 60 minutes
Language English


The Cognitive Ability Online test is designed to test candidates for on-the-job cognitive skills.

  1. Quantitative Ability: These questions are designed to evaluate a candidate's knowledge and application of basic mathematical concepts such as ratios, proportions, simple interest, and discounts.
  2. Critical Reasoning: These questions are designed to evaluate a candidate's abilities in gathering information, analyzing and differentiating objective and subjective information, reach at inferences, and analyze arguments.
  3. Logical Ability: These questions are designed to evaluate a candidate's ability to make decisions based on text, data, and symbols. This test evaluates a candidate's inductive reasoning, abductive reasoning, and deductive reasoning skills.
  4. Abstract Reasoning: These questions are designed to evaluate a candidate's ability to analyze data, detect trends and patterns, and apply the same in a new situation.
  5. Verbal reasoning: These questions are designed to evaluate a candidate's ability to read and comprehend the given data.


Quantitative Ability 5 MCQs
Critical Reasoning 5 MCQs
Logical Ability 5 MCQs
Abstract Reasoning 5 MCQs
Verbal reasoning 5 MCQs
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About This Test

The Cognitive Ability test will consist of ~25 MCQs crafted by experts. Use this Cognitive Ability Online Quiz to streamline your hiring process.

Here is a list of topics (only for reference, actual topics and questions for your custom assessment will be chosen by our subject-matter experts based on your job description/ ideal employee persona).

Problem Solving Sequence and Series Basic Math Pattern Matching
Logical Order of words Verification of truth (True/False questions) Critical reasoning Most effective summary
Deduction Interpretation Innovation Alternative Uses Task
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Score Distribution

You should expect ~20% of the candidates to do well on Adaface assessments.

The score distribution for our assessments follow the normal curve. This is a good sign- standardized tests like SAT and GRE follow the normal distribution (bell curve).

Status quo assessments typically have the exact opposite of the bell curve (too many candidates getting close to 0, too many candidates getting close to 100 and too few candidates in the middle). This is typically because they focus on theoretical questions or trick questions, which are very binary in nature- either you know the trick/ theory or you don’t.

FAQs

What is a custom assessment?

Every role is different and requires a custom assessment to identify top candidates efficiently. Adaface subject matter experts understand your job description/ role requirements and pick the most relevant questions from our library of 10000+ questions to create a technical assessment that helps you find the qualified candidates in your candidate pipeline quickly. All custom assessments are set up based on the job description, role requirements, must-have skills, experience level and salary range within a maximum of 48 hours and you will get an email notification once it goes live.

Check out a sample assessment here (no credit card required).

Can I combine multiple skills into one custom assessment?

Yes, absolutely. Custom assessments are set up based on your job description, and will include questions on all must-have skills you specify.

How is Adaface different from other assessment tools?

We believe that status quo tech assessment platforms are not a fair way for companies to evaluate engineers because they focus on trick questions/ puzzles/ niche algorithms. We started Adaface to help companies find great engineers by assessing on-the-job skills required for a role. Read more about why we started Adaface.

Here's what's different with Adaface:

  1. High quality non-googleable questions that test for on-the-job skills as opposed to theoretical knowledge.
  2. A friendly conversational assessment with a chatbot, instead of sending a "test" to a candidate. This translates to a higher completion rate. Adaface assessments (86% candidate completion rate), as opposed to traditional tests (40-50% candidate completion rate)
  3. Customized assessments for 700+ skills at different experience levels.
Do you have any anti-cheating features in place?

We have the following anti-cheating features in place:

  1. Web proctoring
  2. Webcam proctoring
  3. Plagairism detection
  4. Non-googleable questions
  5. Secure browser

How do I interpret test scores?

The primary thing to keep in mind is that an assessment is an elimination tool, not a selection tool. As in an assessment is optimizing to help you eliminate candidates who are not technically qualified for the role, it is not optimized to help you find the best candidate for the role. So the ideal way to use an assessment is to decide a threshold score (typically 60%, we help you benchmark) and invite all candidates who score above the threshold for the next rounds of interview.

What experience level can I use this test for?

Each Adaface assessment is customized to your job description/ ideal candidate persona (our subject matter experts will pick the right questions for your assessment from our library of 10000+ questions). This assessment can be customized for any experience level.

Does every candidate get the same questions?

Yes, it makes it much easier for you to compare candidates. Options for MCQ questions and the order of questions are randomized. We have anti-cheating features in place. In our enterprise plan, we also have the option to create multiple versions of the same assessment with questions of similar difficulty levels.

I'm a candidate. Can I try a practice test?

No. Unfortunately, we do not support practice tests at the moment.

What is the cost for using the Cognitive Ability Test?

You can check out our pricing plans here.

Can I get a free trial?

You can sign up for free and check out the platform here. The dashboard has a sample assessment for you to review the quality of questions and check out the candidate experience of a chat based assessment. Since our questions are premium, we are unable to share sample questions for a particular skill/ technology. You can also review our sample public questions here.

I just moved to a paid plan. How can I request a custom assessment?

Check out our quick guide on requesting a custom assessment here.

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Why use the Cognitive Ability Test?

The cognitive ability of a candidate is the best predictor of job performance.

There is a large percentage of  I/O psychologists that believe cognitive ability is the best predictor of job performance. Candidates who rank well on pre-employment cognitive ability tests are more likely to be successful in their job, have better problem-solving skills, and adapt quickly in fast-changing work environments. More than 80% of Fortune 500 companies make use of pre-employment assessments to screen candidates based on their cognitive abilities.

How do I use this?
How do I use this?

Start screening within minutes with Adaface ready-to-go tests

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1. Choose the most appropriate test for your role

2. Start inviting candidates to complete the assessment

3. Receive real time notifications and shortlist the best candidates

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Customize the test with multiple skills/ seniority levels according to your job description

Customize the test with multiple skills/ seniority levels according to your job description

1. Get a custom assessment from our library of 700+ skills within 48 hours

2. Start inviting candidates to complete the assesment

3. Receive real time notifications and shortlist the best candidates

What Are Conversational Assessments
What Are Conversational Assessments

Conversational assessments are the most candidate friendly way to get insights into a candidate's on-the-job skills and suitability for a role, while providing for a delightful candidate experience. Candidates love conversational assessments because they are fast, intuitive and feel like an interview rather than a test.

traditional assessments cons

Tired of traditional assessments with trick questions and low completion rates?

conversational assessments pros

Adaface conversational assessments are reflective of on-the-job skills and see an 86% completion rate as compared to ~50% for traditional assessment platforms.

Test multiple skills in a single assessment customized for your job description
Test multiple skills in a single assessment customized for your job description
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