Adaptive Reasoning Assessments

Adaptive testing is the pinnacle of psychometric testing theory and practice. Avoiding overly easy or hard questions (for that specific candidate) vastly increases accuracy, generating a larger return on investment. Adaptive testing also reduce administration time, thus reducing the burden on candidates. This is how our Adaptive Reasoning Assessment suite works, from start to finish:

1) Starting Point: All candidates start with a question of average difficulty for the relevant population, randomly selected from our question banks.

2) Question Administration: If the candidate gets the first question correct, a slightly harder question is administered. If the candidate gets the first question wrong, a slightly easier question is administered. As the candidate progresses, the test hones in on their level of ability. This continues until the candidate completes their test.

3) Finishing the Test: Once the test is completed, the candidate’s final score is calculated. This score is calculated using cutting edge Item Response theory (IRT) principles, taking into account both the difficulty of the questions and the number of correct answers provided. Their score is then benchmarked against the chosen norm group, and reported to the client.

The Adaptive Reasoning Assessment suite includes the following tests:

Verbal Adaptive Reasoning Assessment (V-ARA): The V-ARA measures verbal reasoning, the ability to understand, interpret and logically evaluate written information. The V-ARA evaluates a candidate’s ability to work with written information both at the individual word level of analysis and the sentence / paragraph level of analysis.

Numerical Adaptive Reasoning Assessment (N-ARA): The N-ARA measures numerical reasoning, the ability to understand, interpret and logically evaluate numerical information. The N-ARA evaluates a candidate’s ability to perform calculations, solve numerical problems, and use numerical data to make real world decisions.

Critical Adaptive Reasoning Assessment (C-ARA): The C-ARA measures critical thinking, the ability to apply clear and reasoned thinking to solving problems. The C-ARA presents candidates with logical premises, requiring candidates to evaluate the soundness of specific conclusions deduced from those logical premises.

Inductive Adaptive Reasoning Assessment (I-ARA): The I-ARA measures inductive reasoning, the ability to identify patterns, solve problems and apply logical thinking. The I-ARA presents candidates with a series of logical sequences, requiring candidates to inductively identify the underlying pattern and select the next diagram in the sequence.