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Cognitive Ability Tests

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cognitive ability tests

Cognitive ability tests are predictors of general intelligence. Like IQ tests, they examine your ability to solve problems and think logically, via verbal, numerical, mechanical, spatial and logical questions.

Cognitive tests are popular with employers, as the broad range of aptitudes covered can give a good overview of each candidate’s strengths and weaknesses, and indicate whether they have what it takes to succeed in the role.

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Free Practice Cognitive Ability Test Questions

As mentioned, the cognitive ability test covers a huge variety of topics and question styles.

Most people will naturally be stronger at some areas and have to work a little harder on others, so it’s important to try your hand at all the various different types of questions as part of your preparation.

Below are five practice cognitive ability questions for you to try out. All answers are below.

Numerical Reasoning

numerical reasoning practice question

What was the total power in gigawatts generated by thermal power over the full year?

  • A) 11
  • B) 30
  • C) 47
  • D) 62

Verbal Reasoning

verbal reasoning practice question

Statement: A derivative could be used by an airline to secure the price of oil now, which it won’t use until six months time.

Logical Reasoning

logical reasoning practice question

Which of the given shapes would complete the sequence?

Mechanical Reasoning

mechanical reasoning practice question

How much force is required to lift the weight?

Spatial Reasoning

spatial reasoning practice question

Which of the given shapes is the unfolded net of the 3D shape?

Answers

Numerical reasoning: Q1 = 10 GW Q2 = 10 GW Q3 = 14 GW Q4 = 13 GW

So the total is C) 47 GW produced by thermal power.

Verbal reasoning: True – “to secure the price of a commodity which is to be “bought” at a future date, but at a price that is set today.”

Logical reasoning: The shapes are moving around the points of the polygon. The circle and arrow are both moving anti-clockwise 2 points, and the square is moving 4 spaces in a clockwise direction. So the answer is C.

Mechanical reasoning: There is only 1 load-bearing section of rope, which means that the force needed to lift the weight is the same as the weight itself. So the answer is 10kg.

Spatial reasoning: If you look at the two ends, you can see that the only correct answer could be C.

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Cognitive Ability Tests Tips

1Try out each of the different test types

We recommend working through the different types of tests we’ve listed that sit within the overall cognitive ability test. This will help you identify your stronger and weaker areas.

2Work harder on your weaker areas

It’s tempting to spend more time on the areas you enjoy, but ignoring this urge in favour of working on your weaker spots will pay dividends when it counts. So whether it’s logic slowing you down or verbal reasoning causing you a little uneasiness, spend the extra time on the topics you find more challenging.

3Practice in a suitable environment

Practically speaking, there’s no substitute for a quiet environment when taking mock tests. Try to find as peaceful an area as possible when you’re taking a mock test, and ensure you have everything you need before you start.

4Put the timer on

It’s essential to time yourself while doing any practice tests, so you can see how well you fare against the clock. At the end, go over your answers and spend time evaluating your score, and if there were mistakes, why they happened.

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What our customers say about our Cognitive Ability Tests tests

  • Pakistan

    February 03, 2023

    It was helpful

    The test included questions that tested the basic, intermediate and advanced levels of cognitive aptitude. However, I'd appreciate if one gets to know the correct answer as soon as he/she has submitted their answers

  • Philippines

    December 16, 2022

    Great Brain exercise!

    I was able to learn some patterns and how to solve the next mission picture though I still lack speed and accuracy

  • Australia

    November 29, 2022

    Primary year memories

    I found it slightly challenging getting too caught up in the questions however completed it to my best knowledge. Was a great mind activator and to think more critically.

  • India

    November 25, 2022

    Great practice platform for aptitute

    This is the most amazing test I ever took. Which gives me great experience on how exactly the cognitive test should be.

  • France

    November 17, 2022

    Change questions.

    The test was good and intuitive. However, it would be better if we had different questions in trial quizzes and time-based quizzes.

  • United Kingdom

    November 12, 2022

    Challeging

    The fact that it was challenging and tests and pushes you to adapt to different ways of thinking and of recognising patterns

  • Australia

    November 09, 2022

    Experience

    I felt it was a bit hard cause it was my first time doing it, but I hope I did well. I'm practicing for the defense aptitude test.

  • Nigeria

    November 05, 2022

    This is going to be a real test of intelligence

    I like that this test encourages you to think beyond just what you are seeing to patterns that you did not even think of

  • Nigeria

    November 04, 2022

    I tried my best

    I like the fact that it made me think. I had to be fast, notice patterns, and look for the differences. It was good.

  • Italy

    November 04, 2022

    okaysh

    I had taken the sample test before, so this wasn't difficult to do. However, it's mostly shapes, sequences and nothing else