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Hogrefe’s guide to ability tests

Convinced that ability testing is right for your organisation or consultancy – but not sure where to start? Read our mini guide to ability testing here.

Bochum Matrix Test, Advanced Short Version (BOMAT-SHORT)

  • Overview: The BOMAT-SHORT offers a concentrated evaluation of an individual's capacity for complex reasoning in non-verbal settings. Its design is structured to specifically assess both analytic and integrative operations.
  • Key Characteristics:
  • Structure: Beginning with a ‘warm-up’ section, this section acclimatises the test-taker with 10 preliminary items. The actual test features 29 items, sequenced in order of rising difficulty. This arrangement ensures even those with lesser aptitude can engage with several items, yielding valuable insights.
  • Non-verbal: Given its predominantly non-verbal nature, BOMAT is apt for scenarios where verbal strength isn't the focal point.
  • Application: Particularly useful when aiming to discern individuals with pronounced intellectual abilities, especially in contexts where verbal measurement is not primary.

d2 Test of Attention – Revised (d2-R)

  • Overview: As a comprehensive tool, the d2-R measures attention and concentration, providing valuable metrics across multiple sectors.
  • Key Characteristics:
  • Design: Comprising 14 screens, each populated with a set of characters in rows. The task revolves around marking or distinguishing specific characters based on outlined criteria.
  • Facets covered: From processing speed to the motivation for task completion, the d2-R captures a spectrum of facets related to attention.
  • Enhancements: The latest iteration offers a more expansive practice phase, addresses ceiling effects, and incorporates a broader set of norm groups.
  • Application: With a wide realm of applicability, d2-R is used in clinical, educational, pharmaceutical, transport and sports psychology – and a whole lot more.

Design a Matrix - Advanced (DESIGMA®-A)

  • Overview: Introduced in Germany and subsequently expanded internationally, DESIGMA®-A evaluates geometric or fluid intelligence, emphasising the understanding and application of geometric shapes.
  • Key Characteristics:
  • Test Design: Comprising 38 items centred on a 3×3 matrix model, each with geometric shapes adhering to specific rules.
  • Unique Approach: This test's distinctiveness lies in its innovative format. Instead of conventional selection-based answers, respondents need to construct answers using provided building blocks, effectively curtailing guesswork.
  • Application: Beyond gauging intellectual giftedness, the DESIGMA’s utility extends to research realms like differential and educational psychology, assessing variances via relevant comparison groups.

IST-Screening: Aptitude Screening Test

  • Overview: Tailored for large applicant pools, the IST-Screening is both effective and economical. Its purpose is to swiftly and thoroughly gauge aptitude in verbal, numerical and non-verbal domains.
  • Key characteristics:
  • Subtests: Broken into three sections, IST-S examines analogies (verbal intelligence), number sequences (numerical intelligence) and matrices (non-verbal intelligence). The aggregated score offers a holistic view of logical reasoning aptitude.
  • Efficiency: Using the Hogrefe Testsystem, online test administration is streamlined and scoring becomes both rapid and precise.
  • Application: Primarily beneficial during initial stages of selection processes, it facilitates the efficient vetting of large numbers of candidates, effectively trimming recruitment overheads.

Mechanical and Technical Understanding Test (MTVT)

  • Overview: MTVT delves into an individual's comprehension of mechanical elements, providing insight into what is termed as 'practical intelligence'.
  • Key characteristics:
  • Test features: All 32 items in the test are multiple-choice and primarily visual, centring on practical technical problems.
  • Adaptability: MTVT can cater to both individual and group settings, making it versatile.
  • Application: From aiding the selection of trainees or apprentices based on aptitude, to assisting educators in understanding the technical capabilities of students, the MTVT has multifaceted utility.

Power and Performance Measures – Revised (PPM-R)

  • Overview: The PPM-R suite is tailored to provide a meticulous evaluation of both aptitude and current ability across a range of competencies.
  • Key characteristics:
  • Tests: The suite integrates seven distinct tests. Power measures encompass verbal, numerical, and perceptual reasoning. Performance measures gauge verbal comprehension, numerical computation, spatial ability and mechanical understanding.
  • Flexibility: With adaptability at its core, the PPM-R can be tailored to different assessment needs, catering to diverse roles and industry requirements.
  • Application: Its wide-ranging applicability spans talent selection across varied sectors, staff development initiatives, and high-volume assessments, offering holistic insights into individual potential.

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