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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.
What was the total power in gigawatts generated by thermal power over the full year?
- A) 11
- B) 30
- C) 47
- D) 62
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.
Which of the given shapes would complete the sequence?
How much force is required to lift the weight?
Which of the given shapes is the unfolded net of the 3D shape?
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
May 16, 2023
Impressive and thought provoking
Francisco Burgos gutierrez
May 01, 2023
The knowledge that you need
I really liked it because I can see how well I did and how it’s up levelling my understanding of a cognitive ability test.
April 28, 2023
Made me think!
I find these types of tests particularly hard to do but was interested to see how I scored and what I need to improve
April 26, 2023
It was very interesting. Struggled with finding some patterns, however, I think this is a good practice.
April 25, 2023
Critical thinking involved
I appreciate the critical thinking nature involved in answering the questions.
April 19, 2023
Not easy but very interesting
This is a really impressive test. It is not easy which it should be. It gives two kinds of test simulations which also help to practice. Highly recommend it to everyone. Hope to upgrade to next level.
March 18, 2023
It was fair
It was thought provoking. I would have hoped that the practice test is different from the actual test.
March 12, 2023
I’m sure this is an excellent tool but I found it difficult and found myself guessing or spending a long time trying to work out the answer.
March 10, 2023
My first time writing an aptitude test and I’m reeling from shock. I want to do more so I can pace myself well.
March 06, 2023
I liked that there was more than a pattern to keep track of. That really challenged my concentration and focus. The patterns were also uniquely difficult!