Ability and Aptitude Tests are a form of psychometric assessment that can measure many different individual abilities including:Ability tests can be delivered online or paper based

At Niche provide ability tests as a service to our clients but we are not a test supplier or distributor. We do not sell tests directly as such, but provide a full service of administration, scoring and reporting of psychological tests and assessments.

Typically Ability Tests Are:

  1. Timed - the candidate has to perform under tight time pressure
  2. Standardised - administered under standardised conditions
  3. Innate - designed to measure natural abilities which we are born with
  4. Normed - compared against representative samples or comparison groups

IQ, Ability and Aptitude Tests will answer questions like: Ability tests can answer many questions about raw ability

  • "How intelligent are they?"
  • “Do they have the specific abilities required to do the job?”
  • “Are they a quick learner?”
  • “Can they handle the numbers side of the role?”
  • “Can they think strategically about problems?”

Ability tests have traditionally been designed to be administered in a supervised (proctored) setting, however there are now options available for tests that can be delivered online unsupervised. There are pros and cons of doing unsupervised ability tests - read more read more about unsupervised ability testing

Recent meta analytic research by Schmidt, Oh & Shaffer (2016) show that IQ (GMA) tests have the greatest predictive validity for on the job performance of all the selection methods. Schmidt (2011) also showed that the predictive validity of GMA (IQ) tests for on the job performance was higher than that of specific aptitude tests, even when those specific aptitudes are chosen to match important aspects of the job (such as spatial perception for mechanical jobs or numerical reasoning for financial jobs).

Some of our Ability Tests Suppliers & Specific Tests:

Niche has developed norms for many of the ability tests we use and recommend. Read more read more about our norms

There are many types of Ability Tests, measuring things such as:

  1. Intelligence or General Mental Ability Tests (GMA or IQ) read more about GMA and IQ testing
  2. Verbal Comprehension Ability Tests read more about verbal comprehension ability tests
  3. Verbal Reasoning Ability Tests read more about verbal reasoning psychological ability tests
  4. Numerical Reasoning & Analysis Ability Tests read more about numerical reasoning and analysis ability tests
  5. Mechanical Reasoning Ability Tests read more about mechanical reasoning ability testsThere are many different types of problem solving abilities
  6. Spatial Reasoning Ability Tests read more about spatial reasoning ability tests
  7. Spelling and Grammar Ability Tests read more about spelling and grammar psychological tests
  8. Diagramming Skills and Ability Tests read more about diagramming ability tests
  9. Logical Thinking Ability Tests read more about logical thinking psychological ability tests
  10. Strategic Thinking Ability Tests read more about strategic thinking ability tests
  11. Tactical Thinking Ability Tests read more about tactical thinking psychometric ability tests
  12. Manual Dexterity Ability Tests read more about manual dexterity ability tests
  13. Abstract Reasoning Ability Tests read more about abstract reasoning psychometric ability tests
  14. Clerical Checking Ability Tests read more about tests of clerical ability
  15. Symbolic Reasoning Ability Tests read more about symbolic reasoning ability tests
  16. Technical Checking Ability Tests read more about technical checking ability tests
  17. Decision Making Ability Tests read more about decision making tests
  18. Filing Ability Tests read more about filing and clerical ability tests
  19. Word Meaning Ability Tests read more about word meaning and comprehension ability tests
  20. Fault Diagnosis Ability Tests read more about fault diagnosis ability tests

We have other assessment tools in the following categories:

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