Aptitude Test

Cognitive aptitude tests are a type of pre-employment assessment that help employers gather information about prospective candidates. 

An aptitude test is designed to gather cognitive abilities such as logical reasoning, problem-solving, critical thinking and analytical skills that apply to every job.

Employment Aptitude Test

Aptitudes impact job performance in that they determine how quickly employees can learn on the job, improve over time in a role, and solve problems in novel situations. As a result, aptitude tests are better than many other selection criteria at predicting long-term job success.

The HighMatch Aptitude Test

The HighMatch Aptitude Test is a configurable assessment that measures logical reasoning and analytical thinking among other qualities related to general intelligence including Rapid Problem-Solving, Spatial Visualization and Vocabulary.

By combining general and custom aptitudes, HighMatch enables you to rank-order candidates based on their general aptitude levels as well as relative strengths and weaknesses.

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Using an Aptitude Test for Hiring

Understand the Candidate

Aptitude testing is a useful because it’s difficult to assess psychological traits effectively through resumes and interviews alone

Broadening the Pool

Aptitude testing can identify non-traditional candidates who have the innate abilities required for success in a given role

Internal Promotion

When promoting internally, it’s critical to understand where promoted employees require additional support to be effective in their new role

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Misconceptions About
Cognitive Aptitude Tests

Despite the extensive use of aptitude tests in personnel selection, many people have confusions about aptitudes and aptitude tests.

  • Aptitude tests measure cognitive capabilities and learning potential. People differ in their aptitudes, and such differences are useful in predicting future learning achievements. Ultimately the primary goal of an aptitude test is prediction.

  • Achievement tests, on the other hand, assess the knowledge already obtained in a specific field. They are designed to assess whether a person has learned a specific body of knowledge or developed a particular skill.

  • Because of such differences, aptitude tests are used widely in business and selection settings, whereas achievement tests are primarily used in academic contexts.

Using an Aptitude Test for Employees

  • Measure What You Can’t See: People differ in their knowledge, but these traits cannot be seen or heard, so aptitude tests provide an objective means of measurement
  • Recognize Potential: Aptitude tests can identify employees who are likely to more successful when placed in a more senior role requiring a high degree of cognitive ability
  • Understand Challenges: Employees often struggle in roles that aren’t aligned to their strengths. Understanding that misalignment can identify areas where they will thrive

General vs. Specific Aptitude Tests

A general aptitude test measures a broad range of cognitive abilities. Researchers found that although general aptitude is an effective indicator of performance across occupations, specific aptitudes (like verbal knowledge) add more predictive power, especially for narrower subject domains (e.g., writing).

Both specific and general aptitude tests are useful in selection practices. General aptitude tests evaluate a candidate’s potential to learn and adapt, and specific aptitude tests are suited for more focused assessment and predictions.

HighMatch’s Talent Insights Platform

HighMatch Talent Insights Platform includes a highly configurable talent assessment test that’s fast, easy to implement and includes both an aptitude test and a personality assessment right out-of-the-box.

HighMatch also offers fully custom assessments that measure individual qualities that matter most to your business.

Both our aptitude assessment and our personality assessment test can be paired with skills assessments, either from our strategic partnership with one of the largest skills testing providers, or our native skills offerings.

Pairing skills testing with aptitude and personality assessments can provide a holistic view of a candidate’s ability to be successful on the job, leading to better hiring decisions.

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Skills Assessments

Enterprise companies have the organizational structure to support role specialization, which means most hires will have to have knowledge and experience across a number of hard skills necessary to fulfill every requirement of the role.

HighMatch helps eliminate these worries by providing skills tests that offer an unbiased measurement of your candidate’s ability to perform and understand tasks and software related to various job functions.

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