Ability and Aptitude Tests

Talent Strengths provides a wide selection of online ability and aptitude tests for use in recruitment and selection.



Numerical Reasoning Tests

Test Type: Online
Test Time Limit: 13 Minutes

The Numerical Reasoning Test measures a person’s ability to manipulate numbers in a variety of settings and to work out relationships between numbers.

These settings include straight number series and a matrix series. Again, the verbal content has been left out of the question to avoid any bias issues.

This assessment is particularly useful when assessing candidates across different geographic settings.


Number Skills Test

Test Type: Online
Test Time Limit: 3-7 Minutes (3 Sections)

The Number Skills Test measures a person’s skills required to work with numbers in a variety of settings.

Questions include every day contemporary themes such as money and data found in pie charts and bar charts.

Test Time Limit: 3-7 minutes (3 section)


Verbal Reasoning Test

Test Type: Online
Test Time Limit: 14 Minutes

The Verbal Ability Test is based on contemporary information and scenarios such as geology, research and chemistry to engineering and business administration. The test looks at a person’s ability to critically and non-judgementally analyse the information presented. In essence the test applies verbal ability in a more “real life” setting to help gauge the candidate’s ability with verbal reasoning.

The scenarios are entirely fictional containing information unlikely to be found in any real world setting to avoid bias in favour of any group of candidates who may operate in a particular field. The objective with this assessment is to measure a person’s potential and not to measure their attainment or learned skills.


Verbal Comprehension Test

Test Type: Online
Test Time Limit: 10 minutes

The Verbal Comprehension Test is designed to help evaluate and understand a person’s literacy. Organisations need to employ people who can read and comprehend information so that they can understand instructions and are able to comply with health and safety advice in the workplace.

A range of themes have been introduced in the questions including understanding dates, records and numbers; understanding time and information using tables and reading health and safety information.


Error Checking and Accuracy Test

Test Type: Online
Test Time Limit: A series of short 30 to 50 second tests

The Error Checking and Accuracy Test examines how quickly and accurately candidates are able to check different information sets- dates, telephone numbers, credit card numbers, barcodes and reference codes. The Error Checking and Accuracy Test simulates some of the activities that may be undertaken in the workplace.

This form of aptitude is likely to be relevant for success in the fields of administration, call centres, library referencing, stock taking, warehouses, quality control, editing, journalism and public services such as police work where good attention to detail is required.


Spatial Reasoning Test

Test Type: Online
Test Time Limit: 8 Minutes

The Spatial Reasoning Test taps the process of mentally picturing what the three dimensional result of a pattern would look like when the pattern is folded up. Within spatial reasoning, it is generally accepted that there are considered to be three main factors: “spatial relation or rotation” where the shape needs to be mentally rotated, “spatial orientation”- where a shape needs to be looked at from a different viewpoint and “visualisation”.

This type of measure is generally considered useful when recruiting people involved in tasks involving engineering, construction, design and certain arts and crafts. Studies have also shown that there is often a strong correlation or relationship between people with good spatial reasoning and good mechanical reasoning ability. This assessment is a useful indicator when considering someone who might be good at mechanical related activities. The patterns include the standard cube, pyramid and cuboid shapes as well as some less familiar shapes. Many of these shapes are commonly used in engineering and various fields of design.


Logical Reasoning Test

Test Type: Online
Test Time Limit: 20 Minutes

The Logical Reasoning Test is an ability measure designed to ascertain the level of potential of the person in a non-verbal and non-numerical setting.  The questions are often displayed as a series of shapes, different sizes, sequences, patterns, shading, overlaying and switching.  A candidate is required to work out the only logical rule to the sequence or arrangement of shapes and then apply this rule to assess which one of the possible six answers is correct.

The Logical Reasoning Test avoids using numbers or words and therefore is considered to be more “culture fair”. For this reason this form of test is often seen as a more equal measure of a person’s reasoning ability and potential.