Cognitive Ability Test


Cognitive ability tests (aptitude tests, general intelligence assessments) are one of the most powerful predictors of future work performance.

Cognitive ability tests measure verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning and the resulting score reflects the person's ability to acquire, retain, organise and apply information.

People who score well on cognitive ability tests are more likely to:

  • Develop a greater knowledge of the job, more quickly
  • Make effective decisions
  • Successfully reason and solve problems and
  • Respond appropriately to new or complex situations.

Hiring people with high cognitive ability leads to a significant increase in efficiency and a decrease in involuntary employee turnover.

Revelian’s Cognitive Ability Test consists of 51 questions, which require applicants to process either verbal, numeric or abstract information to answer the question correctly. Click here to see some example questions.
The questions become more difficult as the test progresses and range in difficulty from those that 97% of people answer correctly to questions that only 2% answer correctly.

This broad range of question types and difficulty levels means that the Revelian Cognitive Ability Test provides a comprehensive assessment of general cognitive ability. As candidates' scores are compared to relevant normative groups, this test accurately predicts job performance across all role types.

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Test Summary

Test Revlian Cognitive Ability Test (OCAT)
Measures General cognitive ability – verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning
Predicts Future job performance
Use Primary assessment. Recommended for testing and screening all applicants. All roles. All industries.
Questions 51 (click here to see some example questions)
Time 20 Minutes (timed)
Normative Groups Industry, Management Level, Employed Adults, Company Specific Benchmarks
Verification Verification test available



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