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Cut-e is a psychometric assessment and talent measurement company, owned by Aon, that provides employer recruitment tools. Its tests include a variety of integrity and psychometric questions with specific formats and question types. They are often administered as part of the employment process in many industries, as well as job progression within a business.

What is a Cut-e test?

The Cut-e test assesses a specific skill or aptitude and is typically of short duration, ranging from 5 to 15 minutes. Cut-e tests are also known as Aon tests (these are the same thing; Aon acquired Cut-e in 2017).

The Cut-e system has several ‘scales’ – the name given to each type of test – and has proved popular in many business sectors. Over 30 million candidates now take Cut-e tests each year.

Cut-e tests are administered through an online testing portal called MapTQ, which is compatible with smartphones and tablets. For optimum user experience, it’s recommended that you use a PC, laptop or notebook with a stable internet connection.

Which employers use Cut-e tests?

Cut-e tests are used in many industries, with some industry-specific question sets used for different sectors (eg financial, consumer and industrial).

Employers such as O2, Jury’s Inn, Siemens, Deloitte and ISS use Cut-e tests for talent acquisition and staff progression.

The type of Cut-e test used in your application will depend entirely on the type of job applied for; each type of test is assessing a specific skill.

The different types of Cut-e tests & how they work

In basic terms, the Cut-e tests can be separated into what they are assessing: skills, knowledge and personality. There are several different tests in each type, but the formats are generally the same. Let’s look at each in turn.

Cut-e numerical reasoning tests

In the Cut-e scales numerical reasoning test, you will have 12 minutes to complete as many tasks as you can (out of a total of 37). You will be asked to say whether a statement is true (or not) based on the numerical data provided.

The data will be provided on separate tabs, and you will need to navigate to the appropriate tab to find the information you need, and then analyse it to determine if it is true, false, or whether there is insufficient information to decide.

We have some practice questions and more information about the skills needed for numerical reasoning tests here.

Cut-e verbal reasoning tests

As with the numerical reasoning tests, you will be presented with several tabs containing verbal information and asked to determine the accuracy of the statements provided. For this test you will have 12 minutes and a total of 49 tasks, although you are not expected to finish them all.

The Cut-e verbal reasoning tests do not contain long paragraphs of information like other test publishers, but it is nevertheless important to practice verbal reasoning skills. If you need some tips or further information, you can read more on our verbal reasoning tests page.

Cut-e mechanical reasoning tests

As a job-specific test, the mechanical reasoning assessment is typically used for industrial-based employment assessments.

In this test, you will be presented with mechanical graphics, and will need to demonstrate your technical and mechanical understanding. There are 24 tasks that you will need to complete in 12 minutes.

You can practice mechanical reasoning tests for free, and read more about how these tests work, via our mechanical reasoning tests page.

Cut-e inductive logic tests

In the Cut-e tests, there are two main types of inductive reasoning tests. Both relate to patterns, but the way the tasks are presented are different.

In Option 1, there are 12 tasks. For each task, you need to understand the common rule in the pattern, and then assign new images to the relevant patterns. There is a 12-minute time limit, and you are required to complete as many as you can in the time assigned.

In Option 2, there are 20 tasks. You need to understand the patterns, and then select the item in a series of 9 that doesn’t fit. This has a shorter time frame (5 minutes), and you need to complete as many as you can.

Inductive logic, also known as inductive reasoning, assesses your ability to recognise patterns and use this ability to find the answer. For practice tests and to find out more, see our inductive reasoning tests page.

Cut-e deductive logic tests

In the Cut-e scales deductive logic tests, you will have 6 minutes to understand the pattern in the graphic, and then use logic to fill the empty cell. The graphic is a square with similar rules to a Sudoku game – each shape must appear only once in any row or column.

Deductive logic is sometimes referred to as deductive reasoning; further information and practice tests are available on our deductive reasoning tests page.

Cut-e personality tests

The Cut-e personality tests are known as Cut-e shapes, and the test questions are simple and precise. The assessment has three different statements on each page, and the test-taker needs to rate how accurately the statements describe them.

There are three versions of this test, depending on the role: sales, graduate, or management.

You can get more information about personality tests, including a free practice test, on our personality tests page.

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How to prepare for Cut-e tests

According to Aon, the Cut-e tests do not require any previous knowledge. But if you want to make sure that you are properly prepared, it is always a good idea to practice answering questions.

As mentioned before, Cut-e tests are quite singular in their presentation, with specific layouts and a shorter allotted time. It is important to practice the skills and aptitudes that are being assessed, but also to practice on test questions that are based on the Cut-e concepts and formats, so that you are familiar with the structure and timing. They are quite different to SHL and Kenexa tests, for example.

Before you take the tests required, be sure that you are somewhere that you won’t be disturbed. The benefit of online testing is that you can complete it when it suits you best, so make sure that you are alert and ready before starting. You cannot pause the test and come back to it, so it's important that you don't start if there are any distractions.

How to pass Cut-e tests

Cut-e tests are designed to be tricky, and the short time allotted can make test-takers more nervous. As with all assessments, they are designed to separate candidates in a simple manner, so they are scored to allow for questions to remain unanswered in most cases.

Below are some key tips in ensuring that you perform well in a Cut-e test.


The structure of the test, the testing environment, and the format of each task is different from other assessments that you might have taken from other publishers, so it is a good idea to take specific Cut-e practice tests. Not only will this increase your confidence by making the tests seem more familiar, but it will also highlight any areas where you need more knowledge or practice before you take the real test.

Find a quiet environment

Be sure that there will be no distractions when you take the test. Find a comfortable, quiet area so that you will not be disturbed – it might be best to let anyone in your house know that you are taking a test and need peace and quiet. You cannot pause the test once it has started.

Use a computer

These are online tests, and although the software used is compatible with smartphones and tablets, a PC, laptop or tablet is recommended. Make sure that you have a stable internet connection and the latest browser installed. This will help reduce any technical difficulties that could cause you problems during the test and risk your score.

Suitable equipment

You will not need any additional equipment for most tests, but you might find it useful to have a pen and paper or a calculator to hand for some tests. If these are recommended, you will be informed during the introduction.


Before each test, there is an introduction that describes the exercises that you will be completing. You will need to complete a few example exercises to show that you have understood the instructions, and this must be completed before you can move on to the test itself. As this section is untimed, it is a good idea to take your time here and be sure that you understand how best to answer the questions.


How are Cut-e tests scored?

For most of the Cut-e tests, scoring is simple. Points are awarded for a correct answer and deducted for a wrong answer. Personality tests are a little bit more complicated, with six points on each page distributed among the given statements.

Are Cut-e tests difficult?

Cut-e tests are challenging, as they need to be in order to be effective as assessments. It is important to remember that there is no specific knowledge assumed in most tests, although if you are taking a mechanical reasoning test, for example, you will need to be able to demonstrate technical and mechanical knowledge. The tests themselves can seem difficult because they have a specific layout and structure that is unusual in comparison to other test publishers.

How long is a Cut-e test?

Cut-e tests typically range from 5 to 15 minutes, although the personality and integrity tests do not have a time limit. For most of the psychometric and skills-based Cut-e tests, there are a number of tasks that can be completed in the time frame, so the urgency is part of the skills being assessed. In the personality tests, the statements need more consideration so are not timed, but they are generally completed in 15 to 20 minutes.

Are Cut-e tests used for pilot assessment?

The Cut-e scales ndb test is specifically aimed at pilots and air traffic controllers, assessing spatial orientation using a gyrocompass and a radio compass. Several airlines use the scales ndb alongside other Cut-e assessments like numerical and verbal reasoning.

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