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Cognitive Ability Tests

Measure candidate cognitive ability and aptitude at work


Cognitive Ability Tests

Cognitive ability, critical reasoning, common sense. Whatever you call it, the power of your mental abilities makes a real difference to performance and potential at work.

Cognitive ability tests provide valuable insight in to a candidate’s ability to process information whilst working within a time limit. They are a good predictor of job performance and when used alongside other psychometrics, such as personality questionnaires, provide a well-rounded picture of an individual in the workplace.


What is a Cognitive Ability Test?

Cognitive Ability Tests (aka aptitude tests or ability tests) are a standardised way of assessing candidate performance across different work based scenarios or tasks. 

Ability Tests measure the potential of a candidate to do the actual job vs  academic performance alone, and are often used by employers to indicate how candidates perform in a work based situation.


Candidate friendly

Engaging, work-relevant, and low-stress candidate experience

Fair for all

Fully adjustable ability tests for all candidate assessment needs

Psychometric rigour

High reliabilities, free validation research, verification facility


Clevry Cognitive Ability Tests

We offer three levels of cognitive ability test; high, mid and blue collar, each containing a range of rigorous and cost-effective tests. 

All of our ability assessments are available online on our online assessments platform, or in the more traditional paper and pencil format.

All our ability assessments are available online (via the Clevry assessment platform).

All our cognitive ability assessments can be mixed and matched to ensure you unearth the candidates with the necessary skills that are vital to the long-term success of your business.

High Level: Utopia

Managers, professionals and graduates

Tests available: Verbal ability, Numerical ability, Abstract ability

Mid-level: B2C

Customer-facing & admin roles

Tests available: Verbal ability, Numerical ability, Abstract ability, Checking ability


Production, manufacturing & engineering

Tests available: Verbal ability, Numerical ability, Mechanical ability

Numerical cognitive ability test

Numerical Cognitive Ability

Numerical reasoning ability tests assess an individual’s ability to manipulate and understand numerical data.

Candidates use number-based reference material to answer multiple choice questions involving basic arithmetic, averages, percentages and ratios.

Numerical ability tests are timed and candidates are able to use a calculator throughout.

Verbal cognitive ability test

Verbal Cognitive Ability

Verbal reasoning ability tests assess an individual’s ability to understand, analyse and interpret written information.

Verbal reasoning ability test takers are usually presented with a paragraph of text about a given topic, and then must decide if a series of statements are true, false or cannot say by evaluating the information provided in a given time limit.

Checking cognitive ability test

Checking Cognitive Ability

Checking cognitive ability tests allow recruiters to assesses a candidate's aptitude for attention to detail and spotting errors in written information both quickly and accurately under timed conditions.

Checking ability test questions adopt a 5-option multiple choice format, which requires test takers to corroborate 2 pieces of reference materials and identify any errors.

Abstract cognitive ability test

Abstract Cognitive Ability

Abstract, inductive or diagrammatic reasoning tests measure an individual’s general intellect and ability to work with new concepts or ideas.

Abstract reasoning ability tests are non-verbal and adopt a multiple choice format under timed conditions.

Respondents of an Abstract Cognitive Ability Test will be presented a series of shapes or patterns and must predict what comes next.


Our cognitive ability test report provides you with a comprehensive overview of your candidate’s performance on one or more ability test.

The report contains an overview of tests taken, including what they assess, how they are scored and guidelines on how to use the report; how to get the most out of it and appropriate interpretation of the results.

Ability test results are then explored in more detail and are linked to what their scores may suggest in terms of how effectively the candidate may deal with the demands of a role requiring those abilities measured by the assessment.

Cognitive Ability Tests - Cognitive Ability Test Report

Additional Features:

Test verification

If you want to check a candidate’s performance, you can ask them to complete a short follow-up test to check their ability on a particular assessment. The report will incorporate and analyse the results of the verification test alongside the candidate’s original test results so you can make a well informed decision on your candidate’s ability.

Adjustable scoring

Giving you choice over how your candidates’ results are displayed. Pick from Stens, T-scores or percentiles.

Traffic light scoring

Using red, amber, green (RAG) to indicate overall performance.

Cognitive Ability test - report results page

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