Your standard psychometric tests have evolved over time to provide more benefits to employers and candidates, whether that is in the validity or reliability of the results produced for the employer to review or the candidate experience. Gamification is the next step in the process, having received positive feedback from employers, candidates and psychologists.
Cut-e's test series
- Gamified: smartPredict contains four interactive, challenging assessments measuring numerical, verbal, non-verbal and spatial reasoning ability. More information on these gamified assessments can be found here.
- Scales: This series includes tests designed to assess verbal, numerical, inductive, logical, and deductive reasoning and thinking abilities.
- Verbal: Similar to your standard verbal reasoning test in that the answers are either True, False, or Cannot Say. Differences here are that you can have up to 42 questions to answer in as little as 12 minutes. This is a quickfire test. You can jump back and forth between any of the questions, so you are allowed to go back and change your answers. The answers to the questions can be found in the 8 or so images, graphs, tables, etc, so you may need to do quite a bit of searching to find the relevant piece of information. Cut-e also have a niche test called Instruct, where you are asked simple questions related to carrying out certain tasks. For example, you may have some information on how to operate machinery, a statement will appear, and you must select if the statement is true or false for operating that piece of machinery. You only have 8 minutes for this and all the answers are either True or False.
- Numerical: This test follows the same style as Cut-e's verbal, all the answers will be either True, False, or Cannot Say and information is spread out across 8 or so tables, charts, graphs, etc. Here again, expect 36 questions in 12 minutes.
- Abstract: Cut-e's abstract reasoning tests come in quite a few formats and have mish-mashed names depending on what they're measuring. They are all listed below:
- cls Inductive-logical Thinking: You are shown ten 3x3 grids. Each square in the grid depicts either a number or a letter. Four of these grids are assigned to either the blue group, or the orange group. You must use these to identify the rules that set a grid in one group or the other. You must decide which group the remaining six grids belong and click to assign it to the blue group or to the orange group.
- clx Inductive-logical Reasoning: You are shown six 3x3 grids. Each square in the grid contains a shape, such as a cross, triangle, square, or circle. The two grids on the left-hand side of the screen abide by the same rule. Two of the four on the right-hand side follow the same rule as the two on the left. You must identify which two of the four these are and select them.
- fx Deductive-logical Thinking: You have something similar to a number function box. You start with two circles, either black or white. When they go through a box, they undergo a change. The starting combination of the circles affects the end result. The screen is divided into 3 sections; known, explore and identify. The 'known' side explains what happens when certain colours go through the box. You are shown what happens when a shade of colour (either black or white) goes through a box, undergoes an operation and what happens to it on the other side for all 4 starting combinations and end results. The 'identify' area asks you to display what happens when different shaded circles undergo the mystery function alone. The 'explore' side allows you to change the starting shades of the circles and displays the end result after undergoing two operations, one that is know and one that is unknown. You must use this tool along with the known information to select the correct shading for the 4 combinations, before proceeding to the next question.
- ix Inductive-logical Thinking: You are shown 9 objects, which may contain shapes, lines, symbols, etc. One of these 9 does not fit the same patter of the others. You must identify the wrong object.
- lst Deductive-logical Thinking: Similar in style to a sudoku. You are shown a grid, with some of the sqaures occupied by a shape, such as a square, triangle, cross and circle. Each row and each column can only be occupied by no more than one of each shape. One of the boxes of the grid will be marked with a question mark. You have to select which square you believe occupies this shape. You can mark all the other squares in the grid with one of the shapes. This is to help your workings out.
- sx Deductive-logical Thinking: A very short 5 minute test, similar to Deductive-logical, but simplified slightly. 4 shapes, diamond, cross, circle, triangle undergo an operation, where the position of each shape swaps according to a set of numbers. For example, 4,2,3,1 will mean that the the shape in position 4 will move to position 1, the shape in position 2 will remain in position 2, the same, for 3, but the shape in position 1 will now be in position 4. You are already given 3 examples to clarify this on the left-hand side of the screen. On the right-hand side you are shown the starting and ending sequence of the shapes and must select the combination of numbers which causes this from a choice of 3. The answer options can be dragged across the screen and placed between the sequence of shapes. This makes it easer to visualise and helps as the questions get harder and multiple number sequences are required to reach the end sequence of shapes.
- Situational Judgement Test: Your standard SJT is also supplied by Cut-e adapted to their style. You are given points to distribute across the answer options. More points to a certain answer option signifies that you are confident in this answer option more than the others.
- mtu Mechanical Reasoning: 15 minutes to answer 24 questions about the stability of objects in pictures, pulleys, cogs, ropes, weights, etc. Your standard mechanical reasoning test. You can read more here and even try a free test.
Tips and Advice for Cut-e Assessments
- 1) Read the instructions: All these tests vary and although they test similar aspects of intelligence and thinking, it may be the first time you have come across these types of assessments. They're not looking to catch you out and will have provided clear, detailed instructions to introduce you to the concept.
- 2) Practise beforehand: You are given practice questions before the real test starts, take advantage of these to make sure you understand what you have to do in the assessment. Often, you can re-read the instructions and redo the practice questions multiple times. Don't rush in if you're not confident. Use this opportunity to retake the practice questions. Cut-e give you the opportunity to practise the tests on their website. They have a full list of tests here.
- 3) Internet connection: All of these tests are online, so ensure that you have a good internet connection.
- 4) Be prepared and relaxed: Set yourself up in a quiet area, where you will not be disturbed, and make sure that you are sat comfortably.
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