Caliper Assessment [2021]- Free Practice & Complete Guide

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What Is a Caliper Assessment?

The Caliper test (or Caliper Profile) is a challenging pre-employment assessment test that evaluates your personality traits and abstract reasoning ability. It contains 98 multiple choice questions of two kinds: cognitive, and mostly behavioral. While the test is not timed, it usually takes about one hour to complete.

You can expect to take the Caliper test online, in the form of four segments:

  • 3 Sections of the Caliper personality test
    2 sections of a total of 58 most and least questions.
    1 section of 30 scale "Strongly agree/disagree” questions.
  • 1 Cognitive test section
    11 math and shape questions that assess your abstract reasoning ability.

Watch this short video to get a quick overview of the Caliper assessment questions and preparation tips:

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The Caliper Personality Test

The purpose of Caliper’s personality test is to evaluate your personality traits and competencies to predict if you fit the relevant position. It contains behavioral questions that measure 21 personality traits in 4 main areas:

  • Leadership
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Decision making & problem-solving
  • Time management & Personal organization


These are the question types you’ll see on the Caliper personality test:

  1. Most and Least Questions
    Each question in this section will contain a block of four statements representing personal viewpoints. You’ll be asked to choose two out of the four statements - one reflecting your viewpoint the most (or best describes you), and one reflecting your viewpoint the least.

    For example:
    Most Least Question Example

  2. Likert Scale Questions
    Questions on this section will each contain one statement. You’ll be asked to determine your agreement level with each statement on a seven-point scale.

    Try this example:
    Rank your agreement level with the following statement, on a scale of  7-“strongly agree” to 1-“strongly disagree”:

How to answer this question:

The “right” answers for personality questions depend on the position you’re applying for. Each question measures a particular trait, that is either important for the role or not. When you answer these questions, your goal is to show you are the best fit for the job. 

For example, if the position requires dominance, answers 6-7 would show that, but if the position requires you to be more of a team player- answers 2-3 would be a better fit.

If your answers align with the job’s required traits, you’ll be found more compatible for it, and have higher chances to get hired.

To succeed on the Caliper Personality test, you need to learn which answers strengthen the characteristics required for your role, and practice answering questions accordingly. 

On our Caliper test prep pack, you’ll get full explanations on the personality traits required for your role and learn how to identify and answer questions that assess them.

Here is what this looks like:
  • A diagnostic personality test- our system was developed by experienced psychologists and will summarize your answers and provide you with a comprehensive report. 

    Unlike the free personality tests available online, out feedback is tailored for the Caliper personality assessment.
  • On the same report you’ll get personalized feedback:

    According to this feedback, you’ll know which personality traits you need to adjust to get a personality profile that matches the one required for the role.
  • Trait-specific practice questions to help you understand what characteristic each question measures and how to express the relevant qualities.

Now, let’s look at some sample Caliper test questions and answers for the cognitive section:

 


The Caliper Cognitive Test Questions

The goal of cognitive questions on the Caliper Profile test is to assess your abstract reasoning ability. High analytical ability tells the employer you can identify problems and inconsistencies, draw accurate conclusions, and solve problems efficiently.  

On all questions under this section of the Caliper exam, you'll have to identify a pattern in a sequence of shapes or numbers, and complete one missing item out of the sequence. You can expect to see four types of cognitive test questions:

    1. Visual Analogy Questions

      Caliper visual analogy questions assess your ability to identify relationships between figures. In each question, you’ll need to identify the relationship between two shapes, and then choose a new shape related to a third single shape in the same way.

      For example:

      Choose the answer that best completes the visual analogy:

      Check your answer:

      The correct answer is 2.

      The relationship between figure X and figure Y is as follows:
      The bottom shape (triangle) in figure X appears twice inside the upper shape (rectangle). One time it appears rotated 90° clockwise and one time 90° counterclockwise.

      The correct answer must have the same relationship with figure Z.



    2. Matrices Questions

      These questions also assess your ability to identify a pattern, only a more complex one. Here you’ll be asked to fill in the missing item in a matrix (size 3X3).

      For example:

      Which tile is missing?
      Caliper test pattern answers
      Check your answer:

      The correct answer is 5.

      • Across the rows- the shape rotates 90° (¼ circle) clockwise.
      • Throughout the matrix, the middle square (in every frame) is yellow. 

      Across the bottom row, we have one blue square and three white squares. In the left frame, the blue square is to the left. In the middle frame, the shape rotates 90° (turns ¼ circle), and the blue square is now at the top. In the missing frame, the shape should again rotate 90° putting the blue square to the right. The only answer with a blue square to the right and a yellow square in the middle is answer number 5.


    3. Visual Series Questions

      In each question, you’ll be given several figures that form a sequence based on a specific rule. To answer the question, you’ll have to complete one missing shape out of the series.


      For example:

      Choose the figure that is missing from the series of figures in the top row

      Cognitive Question Example
    4. Number Series Questions

      Here you’ll receive math questions, in which you’ll have to identify number patterns and determine which is the next number in the series according to the pattern.

      Try this number series sample question:   

      3, -6, 12, 4, 20, ?

      13
      14
      6
      16

      Check your answer:
      number series question

      There are two alternating sequences in this series, each following a different rule:

      • In the first sequence (pairs 1+2, 3+4, 5+6), the difference between each pair increases by +1 (-9,-8,-7…)
      • In the second sequence (pairs 2+3, 4+5), the difference between each pair decreases by -2. (+18, +16)

 

How to prepare for the Caliper cognitive questions?

To help you practice, our Caliper test Prep Pack includes 195 Caliper-style questions covering all cognitive question types on the Caliper test.

These include thorough answers and explanations for each question, written by experienced psychologists to provide you with simple strategies and tips.

Solving this number of Caliper-tailored test questions will help you to solve any patterned question on the actual test.


Caliper Test Scores

The Caliper assessment results are given to employers with scores ranging between 1-99, each score indicating your trait/ability level compared to Caliper job models (that is, expected scores). Based on that, employers get an overall fit score, with the highest one indicating you’re a perfect match for the role.

You can read the definitions of each trait on the official Caliper Personality test PDF

How Is the Caliper Test Scored?

Your Caliper personality profile will be compared to a Job model for the role you’re applying for. That is, an “ideal” profile with 5-9 key competencies needed to succeed on the job, based on the personality profile of high-performing employees of the same role.

Every position requires different personality traits that candidates must possess to be found fit for the job.

For example:

Some of the key abilities required in management roles are high abstract reasoning ability, high assertiveness, and high urgency (i.e., a tendency to act quickly to obtain results). This means you’ll want to score high on the cognitive questions and get high assertiveness and urgency scores on items that assess those traits.

What do Caliper Test Results Look Like?

The caliper test scores look like a detailed list of your strengths, motivations, limitations, and potential for the position you’re applying for, according to the key competencies required for it. As a result, employers get an overall fit score that indicates how well you fit the desired position.

View a full caliper test results sample (for sales) on the Caliper Corp official page.

What is a Good Caliper Score? 

The closer your Caliper test answers are to Caliper’s job model, the higher score you’ll get on your Caliper profile. While scoring between 60-79 means you are a good match, it also predicts possible challenges to a successful performance. Aim for a score of 80 or higher to ensure you get the job.


To get a high caliper test score,
you’ll need to consider the essential characteristics for the role you’re applying for, and answer in a way that highlights the relevant traits.


With our Caliper Assessment Prep Pack, you’ll get practice materials and thorough explanations on how to answer in a way that fits your position, so that you can achieve a high fit score and boost your chances to get hired.

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4 Simple Tips to Boost your Caliper Profile Score

  1. Know Which Questions to Expect 
    The caliper assessment test is often overlooked, as it may feel like this test is just a formality that won’t hurt your chances of getting the job. However, even when administered on one of the last stages of the hiring process, many large organizations greatly rely on the caliper profile results to determine whether you’re a good fit for the job.

    Our first tip is- don’t get caught by surprise. Get to know exactly the Caliper test questions that will appear on the actual test- cognitive and personality, and practice each type. This way, you’ll gain confidence, reduce stress-induced mistakes, and improve your personality profile fit score. 
  2. Answer Questions as If You’re Already Working in Your Desired Job
    After learning the most crucial personality traits expected for your role, imagine yourself already working in the role, doing a great job, and answer accordingly.

    To do that, first, memorize the 6-9 most important competencies for this job. Then, imagine yourself as an excellent employee and truly believe that you are a suitable candidate.
  3. Take your Time

    Since personality tests can be extremely exhausting, you might be tempted to answer the Caliper assessment quickly and hope for the best result. We recommend that you use the unlimited amount of time you have on the Caliper test to actively consider your answers.

  4. Answer Personality Questions Honestly

    It is essential that your answers come across as authentic and consistent as possible, for several reasons:

  • Personality tests are based on multiple questions for each trait scale; some are of opposite values, so it is very hard to fabricate answers consistently.
  • If you find yourself having to answer questions extremely different than your natural tendencies, you might want to reconsider whether this is a job that you’ll enjoy.
  1. To answer genuinely while showing the qualities that make you a great candidate, try to imagine yourself in situations in which you react similarly to what’s expected of you and then answer the question.

For example, let’s say you are a creative person who is easily distracted. In a position where you’ll be required to demonstrate a high ability to be thorough and pay attention to detail, try imagining situations in which you are more easily focused, and use those to answer any questions that assess this ability.


Caliper Assessment FAQs

Can You Fail the Caliper Test?

The caliper assessment test cannot be scored as a pass or fail since it measures your personality traits. However, failing the Caliper assessment is possible if your personality profile is substantially different from the profile employers look for, such that the employer decides to hire another candidate with a higher match.

Is The Caliper Assessment Hard?

The Caliper assessment test is considered a surprisingly difficult personality test by many candidates. It requires solving complex cognitive questions and answering vague behavioral questions, to find a promising candidate for the job and get hired.  

Can I See My Caliper Assessment Results

You will not be able to see your Caliper Assessment results, as these are sent straight to your employer. Since the employer is Caliper’s client, it’s up to the company to decide if they want to share the results with you or provide detailed feedback.

Is The Caliper Test Timed?

The caliper assessment is not timed, and you сan pause and resume when taking the test. According to candidates and the official Caliper analytics assessment website, it takes about 60 minutes to complete the Caliper exam, though it could take more depending on your subjective speed.

How Long Does It Take for Caliper Assessment Results?

The Caliper test should take 60-75 minutes to complete.  The Caliper profile results usually take about 1-2 days to arrive, so you should expect to get the results from your recruiter within a few days from taking the exam.

Can You Skip Questions on the Caliper Assessment?

The Caliper Test cannot be scored if there are any blank spaces on the answer sheet, so you must answer every question. While you can skip around to different questions within each section, you cannot move on to the following section without completing all the answers.

What Is a Caliper Assessment Used For?

The Caliper assessment results indicate an individual’s strengths and weaknesses when performing a certain role. These indicators are used by employers in the hiring process to make better hiring decisions, to develop current employees' potential, and to build more effective teams.

What Is a PSI Caliper Assessment?

The PSI caliper profile test is one of the online psychometric tests offered by PSI to screen job applicants or promote employees, based on their personality assessment.

What Companies Use Caliper?

The Caliper assessment is used for a wide range of job titles (sales representative, customer success, management roles, and more). Here are some of the companies that use the caliper employee assessment (updated to 2021):

NowPow Wellstar
Russell Reynolds Ann Sacks Tile & Stone
True Homes USI Insurance Services
SoftServe  

 

 

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