Ability Test

Measure candidate ability and aptitude at work

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

What is an Ability Test?

Ability tests are standardised methods of assessing an individual’s performance in different work-related tasks or situations. They measure potential rather than just academic performance and are frequently used by employers as indicators of how people will perform in a work setting.

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.

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 Ability Tests

We offer three levels of assessment; 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.

Clevry Ability Tests tests can be mixed and matched to tap into those skills critical to your organisation and you don’t have to have test user training to administer them online.

Managers, professionals & graduates.


Tests available: Verbal ability, Numerical ability, Abstract ability

Customer-facing roles.


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

Production, manufacturing & engineering.


Tests available: Verbal ability, Numerical ability, Mechanical 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 reasoning tests are timed and candidates are able to use a calculator throughout.

Ability Test - Numerical



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

Verbal reasoning 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.

Ability Test - Verbal reasoning test



Checking 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.

Ability Test - Checking Test



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

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

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

Ability Test - Abstract Test



The mechanical reasoning test is for any role where people will need to work with mechanical or technical concepts. Candidates will taking this assessment will:

  • Need to show understanding and applying basic principles of physics and mechanical devices
  • Be presented with illustrations of mechanical processes such as gears, pulleys, levers and hydraulics
Ability Test - Mechanical Ability Test

Ability Tests

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.

Ability test - report results page

Developed by psychologists and recruiters

Ability Test Report

Our 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.

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