Ability Tests

It’s a proven fact that interviews and reference checks simply don’t cut it when it comes to determining whether a candidate possesses necessary core skills and abilities.

Aptitude tests fill that gap by being among the strongest predictors of success in any job.

Why Use Ability Tests?

With all of our Skills Tests available online, it has never been easier to include assessments of candidates’ core skills as a screening tool in your selection process.

We deliver the world’s most trusted aptitude tests to employers in all sectors across New Zealand and have tests specifically designed for staff groups ranging from industrial processing staff to executive directors, and every step in between.

The abilities measured vary depending on the role and organisation, but typically include:

  • High Level Verbal and Numerical Critical Reasoning for Managers & Professionals
  • Broad General Tests of Numerical, Verbal & Abstract Reasoning
  • Core Administrative Abilities for Admin & Support Staff
  • Ability Tests Specifically Designed for Working Safely in Hazardous Environments
  • Proficiency Tests for Frontline Process & Production Staff & Supervisors
  • Technical Testing Ability for Engineers & Technicians

Take a look at a sample range of ability tests and sample reports below, or contact us today to see how ability tests can help you choose the right candidate for the job.

 

With all of our Ability Tests available online, it has never been easier to include assessments of candidates’ core abilities as a screening tool in your selection process.

We deliver the world’s most trusted ability tests to employers in all sectors across New Zealand and have tests specifically designed for staff groups ranging from industrial processing staff to executive directors, and every step in between.

ability aptitude and skills assessments

The abilities measured vary depending on the role and organisation, but typically include:

  • High Level Verbal and Numerical Critical Reasoning for Managers & Professionals
  • Broad General Tests of Numerical, Verbal & Abstract Reasoning
  • Core Administrative Abilities for Admin & Support Staff
  • Ability Tests Specifically Designed for Working Safely in Hazardous Environments
  • Industrial Proficiency Tests for Frontline Process & Production Staff & Supervisors
  • Technical Testing Ability for Engineers & Technicians

Take a look at a sample range of ability tests and sample reports below, or contact us today to see how ability tests can help you choose the right candidate for the job.

Sample Ability Tests & Reports

Adaptive tests are the next level in the evolution of testing people’s abilities and skills, and became reality once computer based testing took a leap forward from merely replicated paper and pencil tests to adapting the test to meet the individual candidate.

This is achieved by the test raising or lowering the complexity of the next question depending on whether the candidate answers the preceding question correctly or incorrectly.  When applied to the Verbal, Numerical & Abstract Reasoning Tests in the GRT-Adapt, this test allows extremely bright candidates to demonstrate their skills without making less able candidates feel the anxiety of performing poorly.

The GRT-Adapt is aimed at the general population and suitable for a broad range of jobs and candidates who have completed secondary education.

Click here for a sample report and give us a call with any queries on replacing your current general reasoning tests with adaptive testing.

Where assessing for potential as well as past experience, Abstract Reasoning Tests quickly give employers into whether a candidate is likely to grasp new concepts in induction and ongoing training, enabling our clients to identify candidates worth investing in for training and development, especially in changing environments where the content of a job is likely to continuously move.

Abstract reasoning test scores also provide guidance on how to tailor training and development to the individual, with low scorers likely to respond well to highly structured step-by-step instructions and high scorers readily grasping new concepts outside of their previous experience and more suited to self-directed learning.

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Aimed at people who have completed secondary school education, the CTB2’s tests consist of:

  • Verbal Reasoning to test capability to effectively use everyday business English
  • Numerical Abilities in making sense of everyday office basic arithmetic and numbers Clerical Checking Test to test attention to detail and accuracy in administrative tasks
  • General Spelling of commonly mis-spelt business words

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Designed in New Zealand as an online test, the GCAT is aimed at a broad range of roles and is suitable for any candidate who has completed secondary education.

Tests include Numerical, Verbal and Abstract reasoning in one combined test with no time limit, enabling candidates to demonstrate their abilities in a more life-like setting where they haven’t got a stopwatch counting down and adding to the pressure.

GCAT is rapidly taking over more traditional General Reasoning Tests that were not designed for online usage and have pressured time limits.

Click here for a sample report and give us a call with any queries on replacing your current general reasoning tests with a home-grown online combined test.

With the introduction of the Health & Safety at Work (2016) Act and ACC levies being calculated against organisations compliance and focus on safe workplaces, an ever growing number of organisations are aiming to reduce the incidence of health and safety incidents and workplace accidents.

Available as an online assessment, The Health & Safety Indicator (HSI) assesses a range of ability and personality characteristics that represent an individual’s tendency towards safe behaviour in the workplace environment.

The HSI is a combination of targeted personality and ability measures in one assessment which allows for the identification of health and safety risk factors. It includes an overall score as well as specific ability and personality scores. The ability components are timed whereas the personality components are not. Specific measures include:

Ability to Operate Safely

  • Understanding instructions
  • Checking and attention to detail
  • Understanding the safety environment

Safety Focused Personality

  • Safety motivation
  • Safety diligence
  • Adherence to rules
  • Openness to guidance
  • Safety confidence
  • Safety composure

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Designed and developed in New Zealand, The Industrial Proficiency Test (IPT) is a robust measure of cognitive ability specifically designed for industrial, trades and process orientated jobs.

The test has strong face validity, which is to say candidates and clients see rational reasons for the questions in relevant work settings, enabling clients to use the IPT when:

  • Recruiting new staff
  • Spotting potential & development needs in existing staff

This assessment is ideally suited to individuals with a basic level of formal education and includes measures of Numerical and Symbolic Reasoning, Following Written Instructions and Checking.

The Symbolic Reasoning Test also identifies the potential to learn among people who may not have performed well in formal education.

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Critical Reasoning Tests are essential for roles that require clearly defined abilities to make logical decisions from complex text and raw data by quickly and accurately turning it into meaningful management information.

Aimed at Graduate to Director Level, the CRTB series consist of Numerical and Verbal Critical Reasoning Tests, which can be run individually or together.  There are also two levels of difficulty in the CRTB tests, the higher level being of particular relevance to Business Analysts, CFO/CEO’s and senior partners in professional services such as Accounting & Legal Practices

Clients find the CRTB series questions, which focus on business scenarios, relevant and valuable in identifying candidates who can tease out strong from weak arguments, true from false information, spot anomalies and trends in data and turn blocks of raw data into relevant management information.

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The Technical Test Battery (TTB2) is designed to assess the core skills associated with success in Engineering Apprenticeships and Technical Training.

The TTB2 comprises three tests that comprehensively assess whether a candidate can take technical concepts and apply them to practical use in:

  • Mechanical Reasoning – the ability to understand mechanical concepts and physical principles in operation
  • Spatial ReasoningMeasures spatial ability through questions that assess the ability to visualise patterns in three dimensions
  • Visual AcuityMeasures the ability to work with highly detailed technical material such as wiring or circuit diagrams

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Contact us today to see how ability tests can help you choose the right candidate for the job and make the most of your existing workforce.

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The average cost of bad recruitment is 140% of the salary for the role*. That’s a $70,000 mistake on a $50,000 a year job.

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*Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) Study