Cognitive Aptitude

Universal Cognitive Aptitude Test (UCAT)


  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving ability
  • Attention to detail
  • Logic and analysis
score report for ucat

About the UCAT

The Universal Cognitive Aptitude Test (UCAT) is a language-independent assessment designed to evaluate general cognitive aptitude, which includes critical thinking, problem solving, attention to detail, logic, and analytical skills. The UCAT is ideal for international candidates as it does not test verbal ability, making it easily translatable and ideal for international use. This timed 20-minute assessment has 40 total questions that assess numerical, logical, and abstract reasoning.

Assess Cognitive Aptitude to Predict Future Job Performance

Cognitive aptitude is the most powerful predictor of future work performance across a broad range of roles and industries. Candidates will complete up to 40 questions that measure their ability to solve problems, digest and apply information, learn new skills, and think critically. The UCAT is a dynamic assessment that draws on an item bank of thousands of individually optimised test items. This means that no two candidates will ever receive the same questions, giving you confidence in their individual results.

The UCAT will give you insight into a candidate’s ability to:

  • Use logic and reasoning to solve problems and interpret data

  • Reason using numbers and numerical concepts

  • Focus on detail-oriented tasks with thoroughness and accuracy

  • Visualise, make spatial judgements and solve problems.

Sample UCAT Questions:

1. A city has a population of 1300. If the city’s population grows 30%, what is its new population?

  1. 1420
  2. 1510
  3. 1600
  4. 1690
  5. 1780

Answer: D

2. How many of the four pictures in the left hand column are exactly the same as the corresponding picture in the right hand column?

sample attention to detail image

  1. 0
  2. 1
  3. 2
  4. 3
  5. 4

Answer: C

Scientifically Validated

The UCAT has been extensively validated, demonstrating that the test is highly predictive of job performance for a wide variety of jobs. The UCAT has also been shown to be highly correlated to other leading measures of cognitive aptitude, such as the Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test (CCAT).

Score Report Data Supporting Confident Hiring

The UCAT score report is designed to be straight-forward and useful for managers, without the need for specialist interpretation. Reports provide powerful insights in an easily-understandable way, including:

  • Raw score: indicating how many questions (out of 40) the candidate has answered correctly

  • Sub-scores specific to logic and analysis skills, numerical reasoning, attention to detail and spatial reasoning

  • Percentile ranking: a performance metric indicating how the individual scored relative to others who have taken the test

  • Score ranges by position: See how your candidates’ scores compare to recommended ranges for common roles.

Results are available as soon as the candidate finishes the assessment.