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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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Reviews of our Cognitive Ability Tests tests

What our customers say about our Cognitive Ability Tests tests

  • Canada

    June 29, 2022

    Fine, easy

    Initial format wasn't clear, but caught on quickly. Put an empty space on the far right or something to signify below the line represents options and the gap in the pattern is at the end

  • Nigeria

    June 28, 2022

    Superb

    Well, what I liked about the test was that it made me think deeply a lot, I enjoyed every bit of it. Thanks...

  • United Arab Emirates

    June 15, 2022

    Cognitive test

    It was challenging, I had to analyze and re-think before answering. I made sure I have all the reasoning and understanding.

  • Denmark

    June 14, 2022

    Cordination

    Its important to know the cordination between the objects and where they are placed. Its a pretty rough test tbh, it was hard to figure out.

  • Australia

    June 05, 2022

    There's more than one rule

    The simplicity is nice to wrap my head around the concept. But more questions and an increase in difficulty towards the end would be good practice.

  • Canada

    June 05, 2022

    Stressful

    Not understanding the logic of the evolution of the boxes is stressful, which makes it seem even more difficult.

  • South Africa

    June 01, 2022

    Be cognizant of the patterns.

    It sharpens one's ability to analyze things critically. I liked it so much, makes me think out of the box because a pattern can be derived out of something that seems pretty insignificant.

  • Sweden

    June 01, 2022

    Patterns

    The questions were challenging, which was good, but I didn't like that I had to scroll down to be able to click on some answers.

  • South Africa

    May 25, 2022

    The Pattern

    It's all about recognizing what the pattern is. Once you see the pattern, the answer just becomes visible from the options.

  • Australia

    May 24, 2022

    Not bad

    Good mix of simple and difficult. The simple ones threw me off because I wasn't expecting them. Consequently, I'd fall into the trap of overthinking it.