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Cognitive Ability Test

The cognitive ability test assesses a candidate's general intelligence- ability to think abstractly, understand complex ideas, draw logical conclusions and learn quickly. Research has shown that cognitive ability is the strongest predictor of job performance for all employment levels across industries.

Customized Based On:

  • Experience/ difficulty level
  • Multiple skills in 1 assessment
  • Job description/ role requirements

Covered Topics:

Abstract reasoning
Critical thinking
Diagrammatic reasoning
Deductive reasoning
Inductive reasoning
Problem-solving
Pattern matching
Spatial reasoning
Creativity
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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.


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Sample Cognitive Ability Test Questions

These are just a small sample from our library of 10,000+ questions. The actual questions on this Cognitive Ability Test will be non-googleable.

🧐 Question🔧 Skill💪 Difficulty⌛ Time
Assemble Triangle
Which of the following set of shapes can be assembled to create the shape displayed:
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Options:

  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D
Spatial ReasoningHard2 min
Odd One Out
Shown below is a group of 4 objects, which might be rotated in different directions. One of the 4 objects is different from the other 3 in some way. Can you figure out which one?
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Options:

  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D
Spatial ReasoningEasy2 min
Increasing monthly gross profit
The CEO of Snipr. Inc wants to grow monthly gross profit by 4%. If costs stay the same, what does the sales turnover need to be in February to achieve this goal?
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Options:

  • 278,098
  • 272,450
  • 274,093
  • 244,726
Numerical ReasoningEasy2 min
Missing element
Which of the following figures do you think would complete the pattern shown below?
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Options:

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
Ravens Progressive MatricesMedium2 min
Punched Positions
The images show a folded sheet of paper in progression. The dashed lines represent the full sheet, and each drawing represents one subsequent fold. The black squares represent where a particular hole was punched. When you unfold the sheet, where will the holes appear? 
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Options:

  • 3A 2A 6D
  • 3A 5A 6D
  • 3A 5A 3D
  • 3A 2A
Spatial ReasoningMedium2 min

How to use the Adaface Cognitive Ability Test

Start screening candidates within minutes with the ready-to-go Cognitive Ability Test

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

Customize the Adaface Cognitive Ability Test according to your job description

1. Get a custom assessment from our library of 500+ skills within 48 hours

2. Start inviting candidates to complete the assesment

3. Receive real time notifications and shortlist the best candidates

Adaface Cognitive Ability Test is trusted by enterprises worldwide

amazon
PayPal
Morgan Stanley
Adidas
SG Government
Neilsen
UCLA
Ernst and Young
Microsoft
WeWork
Bosch
Optimum Solutions
SAP
Doubtnut
Deloitte
HCL
FusionCharts
United Nations
Sokrati
Love Bonito
ZiMetrics
MTM

About the Adaface Cognitive Ability Assessment Test

Evaluate aptitude and cognitive ability with Adaface skills assessment platform powered by an intelligent chatbot

Topics:

Understanding of where an object's body is in space in relation to the other objects

Spatial awareness

Refers to the ability to understand physical and mechanical concepts

Mechanical reasoning

Ability to understand and logically solve concepts and problems expressed in words

Logical reasoning

Ability to understand concepts framed in words and think constructively

Verbal reasoning

Ability to solve numerical problems within a set time

Numerical reasoning
Logical ability
Mechanical ability

It involves the ability to understand and think with complex concepts that, while real, are not tied to concrete objects, people, experiences, or situations

Abstract reasoning

It is the intellectually disciplined process of skillfully and actively conceptualizing, analyzing, synthesizing, applying, and/or evaluating information

Critical thinking

Tests inductive pattern recognition, and problem-solving abilities

Diagrammatic reasoning

It is the process of making an inference based on the accepted facts and premises

Deductive reasoning

Process of making broad generalizations from specific observations

Inductive reasoning
Problem solving

The process of checking the presence of a sequence of tokens, characters, and data among the given data set

Pattern matching
Spatial reasoning
The Raven’s Progressive Matrices
Guilford’s test of Divergent Thinking
Torrance Test of Creative Thinking

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About Cognitive Ability

Why is Cognitive Ability so important

Cognitive ability assessments are crucial in predicting job performance

Cognitive ability is said to explain, on average, a whopping 42% of job performance. In the correct hands, this kind of predictive power will make hitting talent jackpot a regular thing in both promotion and hiring decisions.

Cognitive ability assessments give more insight in less time

In most cognitive ability assessments like predictive index, it only takes 12 minutes. These 12 minutes provide you more information about someone’s likelihood of success than a 1-hour interview.

Cognitive ability assessments help you find amazing learners

The core of cognitive ability’s relationship with job performance is rapid knowledge absorption. Usually, people with higher cognitive scores are those who outperform others because of their ability to quickly absorb all of the incoming information and knowledge. In other words, they acquire new skills quickly and they figure things out fast, which translates into greater performance gains.

Why You Should Use This Cognitive Ability Test

The Cognitive Ability Online test helps recruiters and hiring managers to identify qualified candidates from a pool of resumes and take 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 Cognitive Ability Online test is designed to test candidates for on-the-job cognitive skills:

  • 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.

  • Critical Reasoning: These questions are designed to evaluate a candidate's abilities in gathering information, analyzing and differentiating objective and subjective information, reach inferences, and analyze arguments.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Verbal reasoning: These questions are designed to evaluate a candidate's ability to read and comprehend the given data.

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 aptitude skills to do well on the job.

About Cognitive Ability Job Roles

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 to 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.

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

  • Quantitative Ability
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Logical Ability
  • Abstract Reasoning
  • Verbal reasoning

The test is designed to filter out candidates based for job roles like:

  • Business Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Accountant
  • Consultant

Distribution Of Test Scores

The actual score distribution will vary based on your candidate pipeline quality, but you should typically 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.

How Adaface Is Different

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

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FAQs

What is Cognitive Ability?

Cognitive ability may be defined as a mental capability that involves the ability to plan, solve problems, reason, think abstractly, learn quickly, comprehend complex ideas, and learn from experience.

What type of questions will the Cognitive Ability Online Test include?

The test is designed to enable recruiters and hiring managers to quickly identify which candidates should be invited to an interview.

This test will assess candidates on their fundamentals and depth of Cognitive Ability with questions on:

  • 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 questions are designed to test for on-the-job Cognitive Ability skills as opposed to just theoretical concepts. Test the situational and problem-solving ability of your candidates.

What skills are required for a Cognitive Ability role?

Depending on the role and industry, a Cognitive Ability expert might require these skills:

  • Quantitative Ability
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Logical Ability
  • Abstract Reasoning
  • Verbal Reasoning

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:

  • High quality non-googleable questions that test for on-the-job skills as opposed to theoretical knowledge.
  • 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)
  • Customized assessments for 700+ skills at different experience levels.

Do you have any anti-cheating or proctoring features in place?

We have the following anti-cheating features in place:

  • Web proctoring
  • Webcam proctoring
  • Plagairism detection
  • Non-googleable questions
  • Secure browser

Read more about the proctoring features.

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. A skills assessment is optimized 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 55%, 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/ proctoring 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. However, you can use our sample questions for practice.

What is the cost of using this test?

You can check out our pricing plans.

Can I get a free trial?

The platform is completely self-serve, so here's one way to proceed:

  • You can sign up for free to get a feel for how it works.
  • The free trial includes one sample assessment (Java/ JavaScript) that you will find in your dashboard when you sign up. You can use it to review the quality of questions, and the candidate experience of a conversational test on Adaface.
  • To review the quality of questions, you can also review our public questions for 50+ skills here.
  • Once you're convinced that you want to try it out with real assessments and candidates, you can pick a plan according to your requirements.

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

Here is a quick guide on how to request a custom assessment on Adaface.

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!


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