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Hire best-fit top talent using science-backed critical thinking recruitment tests. View plans


Our Pre-employment Critical Reasoning Tests:

  • Include critical numerical ability and verbal ability questions
  • Measure reasoning skills: interpretation of relevant information and ability to think critically
  • Measure speed versus accuracy
  • Ability tests with a long history of research and validation; reliability of alpha > .70
  • Designed, developed and scientifically validated by former SHL and IBM Kenexa Chartered Psychologists, Scientists and Psychometricians
  • Benchmarked scores based on large control groups for standardized and valid comparisons
  • Inclusive, fair, without bias
  • Include adjustments for disabilities
  • Include anti-cheating measures
  • User-friendly interface and easy to navigate
  • Fully compliant with current industry practices


Our Critical Reasoning Tests for selection offer:

1Fast and Cost-effective Hiring Process

  • Automated critical thinking assessments streamline your recruitment process
    • save time by adding tests and inviting thousands of candidates in minutes
    • immediately access candidate results in one click
    • quickly and efficiently set threshold criteria to select best-fit candidates with the required critical thinking and problem-solving skills
    • reduce your workload with an easy-to-navigate software automating administrative tasks and decreasing time-to-hire
  • Less than £1 per candidate with our most popular package for the use of ALL tests

2High-Quality Hires

  • Our scientifically-proven critical reasoning tests predict how candidates will critically reason with information and solve problems in the workplace
  • Assess candidates’ critical thinking skills directly against the role in your industry
  • Candidates scoring higher in our critical thinking hiring tests have better reasoning abilities
  • Our thoroughly-researched critical reasoning tests help selecting high-performers who stay longer

3Reduction of conscious and unconscious bias

  • Set flexible cut-offs to give all candidates an equal opportunity
  • Data-driven: select candidates based on objective critical thinking skills, not biases such as:
    • gender
    • ethnicity
    • race
    • sexual orientation
    • background
    • education
  • Our scientifically-tested assessments ensure compliance of your company’s recruitment process and are legally defensible
  • Ensure a more diverse and inclusive workforce

Critical Reasoning Tests Use Cases

Most suitable for:

  • Early-stage screening and initial evaluation, routine selection, and pre-interview shortlisting
  • High-volume recruitment and testing
  • Proactive hiring: creation of talent pools of pre-screened candidates

Target audience:

  • Early Careers (Graduates, Interns, Apprentices)
  • Professionals (Specialists, Managers)


  • Relevant for all sectors
  • In particular: Law, Consulting, Finance, Accounting, Engineering, Public Sector


  • Relevant for most roles, especially those requiring critical thinking and analysis of arguments
  • Example roles: Lawyer, Financial Analyst, Mechanical Engineer, Consultant, Accountant, Data Analyst, Teacher, Firefighter

Tips when using
Pre-Hire Critical Reasoning Tests

Get the most out of our Critical Reasoning Tests for hiring:

  • At later stages of recruitment, accompany critical thinking tests with other candidate selection tools, such as:
  • Research shows using multiple assessment methods increases the validity of results significantly
  • This ensures fully-informed, objective hiring decisions

Shortlist best-fit candidates in 3 simple steps:

First Feature


Set up your assessment campaign in 4 fast and seamless steps.
First Feature

2 Assess candidates

Invite candidates to take tests on our accessible, easy-to-use platform.
First Feature

3 Select Candidates

Filter rank-ordered candidates fast to select your top talent.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I customize Assess Candidates critical reasoning pre-employment tests for the role and my organization?

We gladly offer the option to customize our critical reasoning assessments on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us to discuss further details and for us to understand the specific roles and focus areas.

How should I combine Assess Candidates pre-employment critical thinking assessments with other hiring tools?

Assess Candidates offers end-to-end assessments you may combine together depending on the recruited role. Our portal provides various pre-employment tests as well as game-based assessments and video interviews to paint well-rounded pictures of candidates. There is no limit to the number of different tests you can use in your campaign.

How do Assess Candidates ensure objectivity of pre-employment critical reasoning tests?

It is our priority to design tests free of bias. We use science and experience to create pre-employment critical thinking tests that objectively assess candidates' critical reasoning. All our tests also include functionalities for candidates who need extra time, have visual disabilities, and/or suffer from color blindness.

How effective are Assess Candidates pre-employment critical thinking tests in hiring?

Assess Candidates pre-hire critical reasoning tests are ability tests with decades of research history and scientific validation, demonstrating their effectiveness. Our tests have undergone industry-standard design procedures and rigorous scientific reviews by former SHL and IBM Kenexa chartered psychometricians to ensure they accurately predict candidates’ critical thinking skills and their performance in the workplace.

Where in my recruitment process should I use critical reasoning tests?

Critical reasoning tests are typically used during the early stages of the recruitment process in order to sift or screen candidates before the interview or assessment center stage. Critical thinking tests quickly and efficiently help you evaluate whether candidates have the necessary critical thinking skills for your role and help you shortlist only the most qualified to invite to the next stage of recruitment. They are particularly beneficial for graduate scheme recruitment to screen high volumes of applicants.

How difficult are Assess candidates pre-hire critical reasoning tests?

Critical reasoning tests are designed to adequately challenge candidates. The tests are timed, therefore the main difficulty for candidates is to balance time spent critically evaluating the problem, and solving as many problems as possible within the time limit. The questions focus on interpretation of numerical and written information and the application of critical thinking to solve a problem.

How much do Assess Candidates critical reasoning pre-employment tests cost?

All twelve standard critical reasoning assessments are included in all Assess Candidates plans. Costs of bespoke tests are based on initial assessment of the scope of work and requirements. Please get in touch with our team to discuss pricing.

What do pre-employment numerical reasoning tests measure?

Pre-employment critical reasoning tests measure candidates' critical thinking and the ability to accurately identify and interpret relevant numerical and verbal information. Candidates who score highly tend to think critically and quickly analyze arguments and problems in the workplace. They also perform better and stay longer.

What support does Assess Candidates offer in candidate assessment?

The Assess Candidates Support team is always here to help our clients. We offer technical support included in all our plans and a dedicated Client Relationship Manager for our ‘Unlimited Use 12-months’ and ‘Corporate’ plans.

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