Cognitive Ability

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Cognitive ability is the strongest predictor of job success for all employment levels across industries. It helps to gain an understanding of the candidate’s ability to learn, apply new knowledge, and solve problems. Using cognitive ability assessments leads to increased quality of hire and, in the end, improves your company’s bottom line. The more complex the job, the more effective cognitive ability assessments are at predicting future on-the-job performance.

The biggest limitation of traditional cognitive ability assessments is the tendency to demonstrate adverse impact. Harver’s Cognitive Ability Assessment, built by NOA, is constructed following a robust methodology and a focus to mitigate the effects of adverse impact, allowing you to hire bias-free. 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. 

Within this article we will go through: 

What this module tests

Cognitive ability is an umbrella term for a multitude of aspects that make up General Mental Ability (GMA). A person’s GMA involves reasoning, problem-solving, planning, abstract thinking, complex idea comprehension, and learning from experience. Harver’s Cognitive Ability Assessment consists of 5 subtests that measure a broad spectrum of cognitive skills within the general intelligence framework. Some cognitive ability skills are more important for certain roles than others. Because of the modular set-up of the assessment, you can determine what you want to measure per role and vacancy and set up your cognitive ability testing accordingly. 

What subtests are included

Logical Reasoning

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.

Verbal Reasoning

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.

Numerical Reasoning

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

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.

How to set it up

When building a flow, you can find the Cognitive Ability module within the Module store. You will be able to adjust which subtests are included, the difficulty level of each subtest (medium or high) and where in the flow the tests are shown.

Follow these steps:

  1. Click on the blue ‘+’ to navigate to the Module store 
  2. Click on the icon which represents Cognitive Ability, also known as NOA Cognitive Ability
  3. A pop up will be shown, at the bottom you can select which subtests you’d like to include in your flow, including an introduction page to the test. 
  4. Clicking ‘add’ to flow on the top left of the pop up
  5. Adjust the location of each test by dragging and dropping the tests into the preferred order
  6. Adjust the difficulty level of each subtest by clicking on the module icon. A window will show the settings of this specific module where you can select either ‘Medium’ or ‘High’
  7. Brand this section of the flow by adjusting the background image (optional) 

 

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