Mental Ability Testing – 5 Common Myths Debunked

October 17, 2017
Mental Ability Testing – 5 Common Myths Debunked

This is a Podcast – 8.30 Minutes

There are many myths surrounding cognitive ability testing – often referred to as a mental ability tests. What do these tests measure? In short, intelligence. According to Spearman (2005), intelligence is something that helps people to solve problems, when the elements can be apprehended by almost anyone. Most cognitive ability tests measure numerical, verbal, and spatial ability. They are very efficient at explaining how well a recruit will solve problems and learn new work tasks.

Mike and Pam Smith (2005), in their book, “Testing People At Work” found that when one implements a personality profile and cognitive ability test a validity of 0.65 is realised – quite a significant result – and this does not take into account testing aligned to a specific benchmark (job role). Hence we always strongly recommend that clients add a mental ability test alongside the personality test – it is not expensive (around $50) and quick to do (between 12 to 20 minutes).

Let’s look at five myths that surround cognitive ability testing as recently highlighted in an article in the American Psychologist – the prestigious official journal of the American Psychological Association.

You can download the transcript of this podcast HERE