Harver’s Cognitive Ability Assessment helps to gain an understanding of the candidate’s ability to learn, apply new knowledge, and solve problems. Cognitive ability in the way that it is assessed at Harver can also be referred to as general intelligence. It combines a person’s crystal intelligence (learned knowledge), fluid intelligence (ability to apply knowledge to novel situations), and speed and accuracy to allow a holistic understanding of a person’s cognitive abilities.
Cognitive ability results are shown on a scale based on how well the candidate answered the assessment. Scores are calculated based on norm references where 50% is an average score and most people score between 30% and 70%.
Below you can find each cognitive ability test and what it measures:
- Logical Reasoning
- Verbal Reasoning
- Perceptual Speed and Accuracy
- Numerical Reasoning
- Spatial Ability
The Logical Reasoning assessment works as a predictor of success in jobs with complex problem-solving and decision-making characteristics. It measures the ability to recognize patterns, make visual comparisons, detect abnormalities and observe relevant details in figures.
Harver’s Verbal Reasoning test has predictive value for activities involving verbal insight, abstract thinking and analytical problem-solving. This assessment measures the ability to discover connections or relationships between a number of verbal concepts.
Perceptual Speed and Accuracy
The Perceptual Speed and Accuracy test acts as a predictor of success in jobs that require the ordering, sorting and verifying of information in any way. This measures how well candidates can work efficiently on relatively unknown tasks under pressure.
By evaluating the ability to discover and recognize systems in numerical sequences, the Numerical Reasoning assessment predicts performance for jobs that require numerical insight, abstract thinking and analytical problem-solving.
Spatial Ability assessment measures how well a candidate is able to visualize and manipulate shapes. This helps predict performance for jobs that require good spatial orientation. Spatial ability is also linked to strategic thinking because it reveals how individual parts make a whole and therefore enables seeing the bigger picture.