Cognitive Aptitude

Value of COGNITIVE APTITUDE Assessments

Cognitive aptitude, sometimes called general intelligence, is the most accurate predictor of job performance. This is because employment aptitude tests assess qualities that are critical to almost all mid- and higher-level jobs.

These capabilities include:

  • Problem-solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Attention to detail
  • The ability to learn, digest, and apply new information


Criteria’s employment aptitude tests provide you with a rapid and precise way of measuring the abilities required to succeed in nearly every occupation. Individuals who score well on employment aptitude tests are more likely to successfully complete training, better equipped to adapt and evolve and learn new skills in fast-changing work environments, and tend to be better decision-makers. It should come as no surprise, then, that research shows that cognitive aptitude tests are twice as predictive as job interviews, three times as predictive as experience, and four times as predictive as education level.

Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test (CCAT)

A general cognitive aptitude test that measures critical thinking, problem-solving, and the ability to learn and apply new information.

Criteria Mechanical Reasoning Assessment (CMRA)

A short, mobile-friendly assessment of mechanical aptitude, or the ability to learn how to operate, maintain, install and repair equipment and machinery.

Universal Cognitive Aptitude Test (UCAT)

A language-independent cognitive aptitude test ideal for international candidates.


Cognify is an immersive, game-based assessment of cognitive aptitude that measures a candidate’s problem solving skills, critical thinking, and verbal knowledge.


An immersive, game-based assessment of cognitive aptitude that is language independent, making it ideal for international candidates.

General Aptitude Mobile Evaluation (GAME)

A mobile-first, game-based assessment of cognitive aptitude, one of the best predictors of job performance.


Wiesen Test of Mechanical Aptitude (WTMA)

A mechanical aptitude test that measures the ability to learn how to operate, maintain, install, and repair equipment and machinery.

Minicog Rapid Assessment Battery (MRAB)

A test created by Harvard psychologists to measure information processing and mental fitness.

Criteria Attention Skills Test (CAST)

An attention aptitude test that measures mental fitness, concentration, and the ability to avoid distractions.

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