Critical Reasoning Tests

GL Assessment

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Test Name:Critical Reasoning Tests
Author of Original Test: P. Smith and C. Whetton
Local test distributor / publisher:GL Assessment
Date of Current Review:2003
Date of Publication of Current Review / Edition:03 Feb 2009
Type of Test:General Ability
Main Area of Use:Work and Occupational
Constructs Measured:The competencies of junior managers through two measures of reasoning ability (verbal and numerical).
Administration Mode:Supervised Group administration
Response Mode:Paper and pencil
General Description of Test:The tests have been developed from research and job analysis specifically to measure the competencies of junior managers. There are two measures of reasoning ability (verbal and numerical), which can be used together or separately. The questions are based on real-life situations in the fictitious work context of a light engineering company. Previous commercial experience and knowledge of technical vocabulary, other than that required of an applicant for a first job, are not necessary in order to do the tests. The verbal test has three sub-sections, separately timed and scored. These measure the ability to derive valid information from a formal document, the ability to assess the influence new information may have on current beliefs, and the ability to determine what people must be assuming on the basis of what they say. The numerical test assesses the ability to extract and manipulate data from an information sheet, and make interpretations that a manager would have to make.


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