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How does the IQ test work?

I would like to know how an IQ test works to understand if it affects a person’s job performance. As a business owner in the finance industry, I subject all my employees to a numerical reasoning test before hiring.

However, as my business grows, I find that it’s important to have a method I can use to test a potential employees general intellect, not just their proficiency in working with numbers. I would like to know if it works like a reasoning test. In addition, can I use it together with the numerical test?

Curtis Rhodes

in Exams and Tests

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Chelsea Hayes on February 27, 2018

Intelligence Quotient tests usually measure a person’s intelligence using a standardized scale of set figures. Different websites test differently. However, all of the tests have the same backbone. They attempt to measure a person’s capacity to understand and learn as opposed to how much knowledge they may possess.

I would say that this is an example of reasoning tests because it assesses a subject’s mental or thinking capacity. A candidate’s task is to solve assigned tasks that attempt to test these areas:

1. Verbal abilities

This is a measure of how good you can use your vocabulary. This is in writing, reading and talking. This part of the test assesses your employees’ command of language that is how well they can learn and process verbal information.

2. Numerical ability

This is a test of a person’s mathematical skills. It serves the same purpose as the numerical reasoning tests you use to assess your employees. It assesses how familiar a test subject is with figures and numbers. It does not test complex mathematical problems but focuses more on numerical problems people encounter in everyday life. A subject is tasked with mathematical series and puzzles.

3. Spatial awareness skills

This sections tests how a subject manipulates and interprets 3D figures and objects in space. Examples of tasks assigned to test these skills are assembling parts of an object, arranging pictures, completing pictures and matrix interpretation.

4.Visual skills

Visual skills refers to a person’s ability to understand visual material and communicate the same correctly to others. A person with good visual skills is able to identify similar or dissimilar things from a larger set of visual data.

5. Pattern identification skills.

Pattern recognition or identification is a highly specialized mental skill that shows a person’s intelligence rating. An employee with strong pattern recognition abilities is invaluable to any organization. People with these skills are able to a sequence or order in data that would otherwise seem random to an ordinary person. They are highly efficient in accounting and auditing departments of an organization.

Most of these tests are found online and free of charge. These tests would be ideal for your financial business as they ensure your employees are not only able to handle multiple task areas, but can also adjust to different situations with ease. However, you do not need to use numeric tests as well as it will only be repetitive.

Emily Alexandera year ago

In addition to these, IQ tests also examine:

  • Critical thinking skills

Critical thinking refers to an individual’s ability to skillfully synthesis information or data gathered from experience, knowledge or observing and then make a decision. Critical thinking tests a person by assigning somewhat complex problem in a limited time frame. How the person makes judgment is what determines the strength of their mental skills.

  • Memory

This is a test of a subject’s memory ability in the short-term. It tests how well a person can remember information of any kind that he/she has seen in the recent past. Therefore, a person is shown words, diagrams, pictures or figures for a while. Afterwards, they are answer questions based on what they have viewed.

  • Logic skills

This is an individual’s ability to make deductions or conclusions from given information. They are useful skills in employees for the small day-to-day running of your business.

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