A guide to Aspects Ability

Aspects Ability is a range of online adaptive ability tests measuring verbal, numerical and checking skills designed specifically for use in frontline, customer-facing and service roles.

How does it work

There are three tests available and you may be requested to complete some or all of them.

All three tests are completed online, via our assessment system. There is no overall time limit for each test but within the tests, each question will have a time limit (see below). If you don't answer the question within the time limit, the test will move onto the next question automatically and you won't be able to re-visit previous questions during the test. You will receive warnings when you get close to the time limit for each question.

About Aspects Ability Verbal

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The Aspects Ability Verbal test includes 12 questions based on passages of text. The questions are designed to measure your ability to interpret verbal information and reach correct conclusions.

There is no overall time limit for the test but there is a time limit for each question: 75 seconds for the first question in each passage and 60 seconds for the remaining questions. The average test completion time is approximately 10 minutes.

About Aspects Ability Numerical

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The Aspects Ability Numerical test includes 12 questions based on information presented in tables. The questions are designed to measure your ability to analyse and draw inferences from numerical information and data.

There is no overall time limit for the test but there is a time limit for each question: 90 seconds for the first question in each table and 75 seconds for the remaining questions. The average test completion time is approximately 10 minutes.

About Aspects Ability Checking

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The Aspects Ability Checking test includes 8 different tables of information, each containing five or six rows of data, which must be checked against each other. The tests are designed to measure your ability to quickly and accurately detect errors in data.

There is no overall time limit for the test but there is a time limit for each question: the time limit per image is 60 seconds for images with 6 rows and 50 seconds for images with 5 rows (giving an average of 10 seconds for each ‘question’). The average test completion time is approximately 6 minutes.

Try our Aspects Ability Checking practice test

Adaptive testing

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All three of the Aspects Ability tests are 'adaptive'. This means the system selects what questions to administer based on your previous responses and whether they were correct or incorrect.

You begin with a question of average difficulty. If you answer the question right within the time limit, you progress to a more difficult question. If you answer incorrectly, or fail to answer within the time limit, the system selects an easier question next. This process is repeated until you reach the end of your test.

As a result of the adaptive nature of the test, you will feel continuously challenged and stretched so don't worry if you feel the questions are difficult.

Speed and accuracy

When completing ability tests, it is important that you work both quickly and accurately to achieve your best score. Ensure you read each question and the response options carefully, while maintaining a good pace. Avoid skimming over the material presented and ensure you are fully focused on the information presented to you. Once you are satisfied you have the right answer, answer it and move on to the next question. While it is important to be accurate, procrastinating can waste time.

As you have a time limit for each question, the best strategy is to use the full time given and not to rush into an unconsidered answer. Always make sure that you understand what the time limits are, so that you can respond appropriately.

Feedback

Your responses for each Aspects Ability test are compared with the scores of a comparison group (i.e. a group of people who have previously completed the ability tests) and the result is given as a percentile (e.g. if your score is in the 75th percentile, you have done better than 75% of the sample population).

You should receive feedback on your Aspects Ability tests direct from the recruiter, hiring organisation or your employer. Even if it isn't initially offered, don't be afraid to ask for feedback on your performance as it may help in future situations.