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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.

Cognitive Ability Tests Video Tutorials

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What our customers say about our Cognitive Ability Tests tests

  • India

    September 24, 2021

    Tricky puzzles

    Some puzzles are not linked to the specific sequence; you need to assume the behavior and provide the answer.

  • United Kingdom

    September 21, 2021

    Tough

    It was very good, a couple I have no idea about and guessed but hopefully I have figured out the rest

  • United States of America

    September 20, 2021

    Good start

    I used to do this kind of test when I was very young. With good practice, I will achieve better results.

  • Canada

    September 18, 2021

    Look at the details

    I don’t think this is accurately going to represent the ability that someone can perform their job

  • Kenya

    September 16, 2021

    Tough

    What I liked is it's very involving and needs my full concentration. What I disliked about the test is that it's very monotonous.

  • United States of America

    September 15, 2021

    A bit of a doozy with the time constraint.

    It was very tempting to try to stay on questions for long periods of time and try to figure out the answer, and you may have trouble moving on when you're not confident in an answer quickly enough, but you must make the best choice and keep going.

  • United Kingdom

    September 10, 2021

    Good practice!

    Great test, but some of the graphics were a little poor for the sequences. Though maybe that's intentional.

  • India

    September 10, 2021

    Abstraction versus Concrete Patterns

    The patterns seemed very abstract and required a few seconds for me to establish an overarching rule that could help me figure out the answer.

  • United Kingdom

    August 24, 2021

    Fun

    Struggled to see some of the diagrams - but this is an issue with my technology, not with the test itself.

  • India

    August 16, 2021

    It is a great experience

    This is my first test, and I am happy with that. It was a great experience because I learned new questions and tested them. Thank you.