Measures cognitive ability

Assesses general cognitive ability (also known as general mental ability or aptitude).

Helps to predict performance

Predicts how well you will acquire, organise, retain and apply information in a working environment.

51 Questions

The assessment includes 51 verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning questions.

Timed Assessment

The Cognitive Ability Test is timed for 20 minutes.

What is the Cognitive Ability Test?

The Revelian Cognitive Ability Test (RCAT) asks you to complete a series of questions that relate to verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning, to measure your critical thinking and reasoning ability. Research consistently shows that these skills are commonly linked to job performance across a broad range of jobs. The assessment indicates to employers the extent to which these abilities are likely to be strengths for you, or whether it’s more likely that you will apply other qualities to enhance your performance at work.

  • Example Numerical Reasoning question

How do I complete the assessment?

You’ll need to be invited by an employer or recruiter who uses Revelian assessments to complete the RCAT. Once you’ve received your invitation, you can log in and read information about the assessment.

The test has 51 questions, which include numerical, verbal and abstract reasoning items, and you’ll have 20 minutes to complete as many questions as you can. Most people don’t complete all 51 questions in the allocated time, so we recommend moving as quickly as you can through the assessment and only answering the questions you feel confident about, then attempting the remaining questions if you have time.

How can I prepare for the assessment?

The test is designed to measure abilities that don’t rely on any specific knowledge, so it’s not something you can effectively study for. Before you start the test, you can view a set of example questions to help you understand the type of questions you’ll find in the test.

The most important thing you can do is to ensure you’re well rested and focused and can sit the test in a distraction-free environment. Some people also feel that performing mental exercises such as math problems or crosswords helps to improve their focus before taking the test.

  • Example abstract reasoning question

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