Prepare for the Universal Cognitive Aptitude Test

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What is the UCAT Test?

The Universal Cognitive Aptitude Test (UCAT) is a general cognitive aptitude assessment that assesses candidates’ intellectual abilities to solve problems, learn new skills, analyze data, apply information, and think critically. Based on Criteria's CCAT, the UCAT test involves 40 questions which must be answered in the space of 20 minutes. UCAT is a language-independent test and does not include the verbal aptitude exam. 

UCAT score reports keep track of how many questions test-takers answer correctly through the given raw score. The percentile ranking compares each test-takers’ score against each other to indicate where they score on average. An example of this is if an individual ranks 55%, this shows that their score is higher than 55% of the group.


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Universal Cognitive Aptitude Test

UCAT is a broadly validated predictor of job performance for a wide variety of jobs. This pre-employment test assesses one’s critical thinking, problem-solving, analysis and numerical reasoning skills. Here are the different UCAT sub categories:

Spatial Reasoning: Being able to make adequate spatial judgments, visualise solutions, and solve problems. Spatial tests aren’t reliant on educational and cultural background, so individuals are assessed at an equal level.

Attention to Detail: Possessing the ability to pay attention and thoroughly execute detail-oriented exercises and tasks. Employees who are detail-oriented are more likely to avoid making damaging mistakes.

Numerical Reasoning: Having the capability of reasoning by using arithmetical concepts and solving numerical problems.

Logic and Analysis: Using one’s judgement and cognitive abilities to resolve problems and comprehend data. Analytical skills are highly linked to general cognitive aptitude and mental compatibility with the job.

How is the UCAT Score Calculated?

How is the UCAT scored? Well, like the CCAT, the score will be measured in four ways. These include: The raw score (number of correct answers); Percentile (your score vs. all other test-takers’ scores); Sub-score (score of each test segment); and Score ranges (the score range as relates to the profession).

Regarding the UCAT, different professions require your score to fall within different percentiles. Here are just a few examples:

  • Customer Service Rep – 18-32
  • Store Manager 20-37
  • Lawyer – 29-42

When taking the UCAT, you will want to aim towards receiving a grade that’s on the upper end of your desired profession’s required score, as this will give you a significant advantage over your competition.


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Universal Cognitive Aptitude Test Sample Questions

Below you will find some sample UCAT questions:

Question 1:

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Question 2:

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Question 3:

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