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Aptitude Testing

Xel Training can provide a range of aptitude/mental agility tests that measure an individual’s speed of thought, general mental agility and several key components of ‘intelligence’ against job requirements. This is a critical factor in job performance.

Mental agility indicates the ability of an individual to think, learn and quickly absorb new information, systems and processes. It assesses vocabulary, verbal reasoning skills and the ability to perform simple mathematical functions.

A high score on Xel’s aptitude/mental agility test does not mean that a person will be effective in a specific job. Nor does a low score indicate that a person will be ineffective. Scores must be assessed relative to the needs of a specific role.

Why use Aptitude/Mental Agility Tests?

Aptitude/Mental Agility Tests allows you to recruit candidates with the level of ability in speed of thought required for your role.

The tests will:

  • Indicate a person’s general level of mental ability and agility
  • Measure several ‘key’ components (vocabulary, verbal reasoning, simple mathematical functions)
  • Help to determine a person’s ability to learn, absorb information, adapt to new situations and think on their feet (speed of thought).

Who completes it?

There are three versions of the Aptitude/Mental Agility Tests.

Version One:

Applicable to most groups and contains 50 questions with a 15‐minute time limit. High performers in this test are of exceptional high ability. E.g. top executives, research and professionals, some engineering and technical salespersons. People with this ability rating will be bored when employed for ongoing routine tasks.

Version Two:

Appropriate for roles that require less mental ability and agility. It contains 50 questions with a 15-minute time limit. High performers will be individuals with above average ability at this level. E.g. skilled technical people, non-complex service employees, some shop floor supervisors and first line managers.

Version Three:

This is the most basic Agility Test available within the McQuaig Psychometric System. It contains 36 Questions with a 20 minute time limit. It’s appropriate for ancillary and shop floor staff where basic understanding of language, numeracy and simple technical drawing is required.

To conduct a Free trial and receive a full set of sample reports as described above, please email your contact details (full name, telephone number, email address) to and enter ‘Aptitude/Mental Agility Test Trial’ in the subject line or call 01772 611 115 or 020 7100 1331 and speak to one of our advisors.

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