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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

  • Philippines

    September 24, 2022

    every detail of the objects

    I like that my cognitive skill has really been tested because it includes a difficult problem to solve.

  • Canada

    September 15, 2022

    Time consciousness

    This test your analytical thinking capability. Very challenging and helps grow your mental health. This should be an everyday practice for both job seekers and employees.

  • United Arab Emirates

    September 02, 2022

    Practicing before an actual test is helpful and important

    This test was really well made and it was a good experience because it taught me what might actually pop up in my next cat test.

  • Ireland

    September 01, 2022

    Cognitive ability

    The test was interesting and refreshing. Took such tests a decade back and nice to go through them again.

  • Philippines

    August 30, 2022

    It's important to know our strengths and weaknesses.

    This test is likable because it requires 10-20 minutes to answer. I'm grateful that I get to know the result right away. This is an amazing website to know about the level of my IQ. The problems given were also excellent and challenging. Thank you for this quick test. Thank you.

  • Nigeria

    August 25, 2022

    Great

    I was able to finish before the time because I practiced the questions before. There's always room for Improvement.

  • Nigeria

    August 24, 2022

    Challenging

    I like the way it's structured and its way of pushing me to think twice before attempting it. Though it's really complicated, it's a cognitive test meant to test our mental ability even under duress and less time constraints. Overall, it's a good one and necessary to note

  • Nigeria

    August 23, 2022

    To see correct answer

    This is so beautiful, I was able to take the timed test after the practice test, and the practice tests come with correction

  • Nigeria

    August 23, 2022

    Not bad.

    They were actually more technical than I thought, but overall, it's not bad, and it's great for practice.

  • India

    August 23, 2022

    Time management and logical thinking

    It was a really helpful assessment as I learned the right approach to deal with cognitive questions, that is to identify the pattern and sequence. Thank you very much for the learning experience.