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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

  • United Kingdom

    December 18, 2021

    Gradually became easier to see the patterns

    After taking a minute to process each image and how it related to the others, it became easier to see the pattern between them.

  • Canada

    December 14, 2021

    Patterns

    Didn’t know the pictures at the bottom were the multiple-choice answers; I was drawing the answers in my head halfway through.

  • United Kingdom

    December 08, 2021

    Hard - very samey

    I think it would be better if there was more variety of questions. Other cognitive ability tests I have done have a good range of statistics, patterns and word association questions.

  • Brunei Darussalam

    December 06, 2021

    Pattern analysis

    The concept relies mostly on which part of your brain is stronger. The same with the concept if you are artistic, you are using certain parts of your brain more actively. If you are taking a longer time, it just means that part of the brain is not actively used.

  • United Kingdom

    November 27, 2021

    Need to explain the layout

    At first I didn't spot the differrence between answers and sequence. Maybe due to a lack of cognitive abiltity, but not within the framework of the test :)

  • Singapore

    November 24, 2021

    Knowing the patterns within the sequence is important

    I liked how there’s a lot of different types of shapes/patterns given in the test to allow us to identify the various kinds of patterns

  • South Africa

    November 23, 2021

    Absolutely difficult

    Having tried a test like this before I know this one is accurate. But my brain just doesn’t know how to decipher these patterns naturally. Freaking out.

  • Canada

    November 23, 2021

    Confusing

    Not laid out very well. Took a minute to distinguish between the sequence and the answers too close together.

  • United States of America

    November 22, 2021

    Fun!

    It was fun to challenge my creative and critical thinking in a timed environment. It was a good test to think quickly and clearly. I seem to have finished with ample time left, which I am proud of. This was tough but a good test of focus and creative flow of sequencing.

  • Zambia

    November 21, 2021

    It's intriguing

    I liked the whole set up, the mind gets to work. Seeing all those patterns made think more and the need to practice more.