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Previously known in the UK as CAPP, Cappfinity is a global provider of recruitment and talent management solutions. Its strengths-based assessments are regarded as some of the most innovative, advanced and accurate psychometric tests available.

What is a Cappfinity test?

Founded in 2005 by positive psychology and strengths experts Dr Alex Linley and Nicky Garcea, Cappfinity has established itself as a leader in forward-thinking end-to-end recruitment solutions.

It’s strengths-based assessments use a scoring system different from other psychometric tests. They have no set time limit but – along with accuracy – the time taken to answer each question contributes to your overall score. This means you have as long as is needed to complete the test, but speed remains crucial to a competitive result.

Cappfinity tests are also adaptive. The better you perform, the harder the questions become. Equally, if you begin to struggle, the questions presented to you will become easier. Taking all of this into account, the aim of a Cappfinity test is to inform employers of your optimum performance level.

You may see Cappfinity tests referred to as CAPP assessments. Until November 2020, CAPP was the UK brand, with tests in the US and Australia published under Cappfinity. The company has now rolled out the universal Cappfinity brand, so while the name may still vary, the tests are the same.

Cappfinity aptitude tests

The main areas covered by Cappfinity aptitude tests are verbal, numerical and critical thinking skills. As they are adaptive assessments, and Cappfinity has such a large question bank, it’s virtually impossible for two candidates to ever sit the same test. However, the structure and format remains the same.

You may also sit a Cappfinity situational strengths test to determine if there is the right culture fit between yourself and the hiring organisation.

Cappfinity numerical reasoning test

As with any numerical reasoning test, the Cappfinity version is designed to measure your ability to assess, interpret and draw conclusions from data sets, typically presented through tables and graphs. However, as there is no time limit, the questions are a little more complex.

You’ll face three question types. Multiple choice (where you’ll pick the right answer), ranked questions (where you’ll place several items in the right order) and free-form questions (where you’ll be required to perform a calculation and input your answer into a text box).

Remember, these tests are adaptive, so the difficulty of each question will depend on your performance prior.

Example numerical reasoning question

An Airbus A321 takes off completely full. If the average bag weighs 12kgs, how many bags are there on the plane per passenger?

  • 1) 1.18
  • 2) 1.21
  • 3) 1.24
  • 4) 1.27

numerical reasoning practice test question

The answer is number 4. The total number of bags is: 2,830kg / 12 =235.8

The average number of bags per passenger: 235.8 / 185 = 1.27

Cappfinity verbal reasoning test

Cappfinity’s verbal reasoning tests look at various aspects of verbal comprehension and ability through five different question types.

Drag-and-drop questions require you to tailor your communication style, matching responses to statements based on appropriate tone, and drop-down questions ask you to fill in blanks to form a complete and correct sentence.

Ranked questions test your interpretation skills, asking you to rank a series of statements from most to least positive, and correctional questions require you to highlight grammatical, spelling and punctuational errors.

There are also the more common verbal reasoning questions, where you’ll refer to a passage of text and choose from true, false or cannot say in response to a number of inferences and conclusions.

Example verbal reasoning question

verbal reasoning practice test question

Statement: Local Heathrow residents are refusing to use a sixth runway if it is built.

  • 1) True
  • 2) False
  • 3) Cannot tell

The answer is cannot tell – the passage does not provide the number for a new runway. Nor does it specify whether or not the local protesters would refuse to use it (should it be built).

Cappfinity critical reasoning test

In a Cappfinity critical reasoning test, you’ll be scored on various aspects of critical thinking. This regards your ability to recognise assumptions, evaluate arguments, interpet written information, draw logical conclusions and make sound judgement on inferences.

All skills will be measured through multiple-choice questions. A passage of text will be given along with several statements, to which you’ll need to choose one response in accordance with the question type.

Cappfinity situational strengths test

Cappfinity situational strengths tests are used to help employers understand a candidate’s approach to problem solving in the workplace, and how well their professional competencies align with the responsibilities of the role on offer, as well as company culture as a whole.

Situational strengths tests are tailored to the needs of the employer in question, and since each will have different criteria against which they measure applicants, these assessments vary. That said, the structure will be the same regardless.

You’ll be given multiple hypothetical work-based scenarios and a set of actions in response. You’ll rank these in order of which you would be most likely to take to least.

Example situational judgement test question

Read the passage below and select how you would most likely and least likely respond.

situational judgement practice test question

  • 1) Explain that you have other priorities right now but suggest that as soon as you complete the healthy eating initiative you could start working with the student in question.
  • 2) Tell the head of year 7 that you would love to work with this student on a one to one basis and look for other opportunities to work on the healthy eating initiative.
  • 3) Agree to support the student but say that if the time required to support her should grow then the head of year 7 will need to find someone else to work with her.
  • 4) Explain that you have a lot on at the moment but suggest that you could help the head of year 7 to find someone else who may be able to support this student.

The best answer for most likely is 2. Tell the head of year 7 that you would love to work with this student on a one to one basis and look for other opportunities to work on the healthy eating initiative.

The best answer for least likely is 4. The head of year 7 has asked you specifically to support this student. This means she must believe you could do a good job. When you are on placements like this, it is wise to grasp every opportunity you can. If you are not comfortable going the extra mile you might not get asked again! It may feel like you are being helpful by offering to find someone else but the head of year 7 is more than capable of doing this for herself.

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Which employers use Cappfinity tests?

Owing to their reported accuracy in matching suitable candidates to positions, Cappfinity tests are adopted widely as part of the pre-screening stages of the recruitment process. According to Cappfinity itself, they are most predominantly used in the technology, professional services, pharmaceutical, financial and retail sectors.

Some well known names to adopt Cappfinity tests include Deloitte, Barclays, EY, Nestle, Microsoft, Lloyds Banking Group, BT and Aviva.

One of the key selling points of Cappfinity tests for employers is that they are branded to match corporate identity, so when taking such an assessment, you can expect it to look aligned with the identity of the hiring organisation to which you’re applying.

How to prepare for Cappfinity tests

Practice is the most important aspect of Cappfinity test preparation. As mentioned, the question types contained in these assessments differ from other aptitude tests like SHL, Saville or Kenexa, so it’s vital that you take Cappfinity-specific practice tests to familiarise yourself with the tasks you’ll be facing.

Set yourself strict time limits in your practice runs. Whilst you won’t face these on test day, you will still be scored on your speed, so the quicker you learn to work with precision and accuracy the better.

It’s also important to do your research on the hiring organisation, particularly for situational strengths tests, as these will revolve around a specific set of core competencies and cultural values.

5 key tips on how to pass Cappfinity tests

Read the instructions carefully

As Cappfinity uses a variety of question types throughout its tests, you need to make sure you understand the concept before addressing the problem. Take time to digest the instructions thoroughly, as a slight misunderstanding could cost you valuable points.

Don’t let the timer distract you

Although there’s no set limit, Cappfinity tests are timed, and you’ll see a timer on screen throughout. It’s important not to let this fluster you. Keep your attention focused on the task at hand.

Watch out for misleading information

The language used in Cappfinity tests is purposefully complex, particularly in verbal and critical thinking tests. You’ll often read words and phrases that have been constructed to mislead you, so keep an eye out for this. Read each paragraph of text carefully and refer back to it for each question posed.

Take notes

Balancing speed and accuracy is no easy feat, so have a pen and paper on hand to jot down points of reference and keep your thoughts clear. This won’t be necessary for all question types, but since the content is often more complex in Cappfinity tests, notes can be highly valuable to your success.

Avoid interruptions

If taking your test at home, find yourself a quiet spot with a stable internet connection, and make sure others know you’re not to be disturbed. You only get one attempt to sit your Cappfinity assessment, so take every step to minimise potential interruptions.


How are Cappfinity tests scored?

Cappfinity uses algorithmic scoring, the exact details of which are unknown. However, what is understood is that both the accuracy of your answers and the time you took to complete the test will be taken into account.

What is a critical thinking test?

Critical thinking tests, or critical reasoning tests as they are also known, measure your innate ability to approach an argument with logic and draw objective conclusions. Tasks include the evaluation of supporting evidence, the recognition of assumptions and the assessment of inferences and deductions made.

How long is a Cappfinity test?

Unlike many other aptitude assessments, Cappfinity tests do not come with a set time limit. The examinee is free to take as much time as they choose, but should remember that their response speed is also under scrutiny.

How will I take my Cappfinity test?

Cappfinity tests are online assessments most commonly taken in the candidate’s home or location of choice. In some circumstances, you may sit a supervised version at a dedicated assessment centre.

Practice Aptitude Tests is not associated with Cappfinity. We provide preparation services for Cappfinity psychometric tests. Our tests are not designed to be identical to any style, employer or industry. Visit to apply.

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