Caliper Assessment [2021]: FREE Practice & Tips to Easily Pass
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What Is the Caliper Assessment?

The caliper pre-employment test evaluates your personality profile and cognitive abilities. It has 98 questions and is divided into four segments:

  • Two Personality questionnaires – choosing statements that reflect you the most/ least.
  • Cognitive - selecting the missing figure or number in a series.
  • Personality – determining your level of agreeability with a statement.

While most applicants spend about an hour taking the full Caliper Test, there is no actual time limit.


Want to hear the best tips for solving this test from our experts? Watch this short video:

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Now, let's look at free sample questions of the personality section, and then focus on the cognitive part of the exam. 


What to Expect on the Caliper Personality Assessment? 

The purpose of the personality section is to evaluate your traits against those necessary for the role. Based on your answers, your employer gets a profile of your strengths, motivations, limitations, and potential.

After receiving a report of your profile, the company aims to hire the candidates with the highest match between their characteristics and the job requirements.

Let’s see an example of the questions you will encounter:

    1. Choose statements that reflect your viewpoint the most or the least: This question type will appear in part 1 and part 2 of the test.

 

Most Least Question Example
    1. Rank your agreement level of statements - choose one response out of 7 between “strongly agree” to “strongly disagree”:
Agreement Levels Question Example

This type of question appears in the fourth section of the exam.

 

Those questions may be tricky since each role has its distinct ideal profile and different answers that match it. 

 

So, we created a PrepPack™ that offers you tailored preparation for 22 different positions covering every aspect of your upcoming Caliper Test.

After reading the guide and taking the practice test, our system will summarize your answers and provide you with a comprehensive report.

 

You'll get recommendations on which areas you need to improve and explanations on how to optimize your answers for the role.

That way, you’ll perfect your skills and understand the desirable personality traits to emphasize on the test.

 

Additionally, the Caliper simulations on the PrepPack are similar to the real test. Facing those will help you reduce stress and improve performance.

That is, to make sure you won’t encounter any surprises on the test and know the best way to answer it.

Keep reading to learn how to answer the Caliper questions.


How to Answer the Caliper Personality Test? 

Here is the most important tip I have for you - answer each question as if you are already working in your desired job and doing excellent work.

Answering the questions in this state of mind will elicit responses that reflect your best behavior in the workplace context.

For example, if you encounter a question like this:

“Do you consider yourself as an influential figure?”

First, try thinking of yourself as a strong contributor in the context of this job. Then, answer with the belief that you can make a significant impact in this role.

 

Let’s practice some questions!

Try out this Caliper assessment question:

Please choose one statement that best describes you and one that least describes you:

  • Even if I don't agree with someone's ideas, I'd still listen.
  • Helping others makes me feel good.
  • I often feel like others are not fast enough for me.
  • I am prone to mood swings.

Try solving this question in a way that fits your role:

I don't mind being interrupted while I'm working.

Level Of Agreements Scale
Let’s see how to choose the best answer:

Here, you can show that you like to be very focused on the job, or that you're approachable even when concentrating on other things.

You may be tempted to choose an indecisive answer. But it can state you're an indecisive person and that you didn't handle the testing situation well.

So, we recommend evaluating which answer represents the qualities that are suited to your position. For example, if you're going to work as a customer service representative, show that you are very approachable.

Conversely, if you are a computer programmer, focus and concentration are more relevant qualities.

It’s okay to occasionally choose a neutral answer. However, make sure to do so limitedly, as it would create a problematic pattern. 

Now that you have an idea of how the personality section looks and how to handle it, let’s move on to the cognitive segment.

 


The Caliper Assessment Cognitive Section

The goal of the cognitive section is to assess how well you can draw general rules from particular cases.

You can expect to see two types of questions:

  1. Shape reasoning: You’ll need to complete a missing shape in an analogy question, a series of figures or matric.


Here is an example of a series of figures question, try to solve it!

 

Cognitive Question Example

 

Check if you got it right:

The correct answer is option 2.

Try to view the two gray triangles as one object. This object rotates 90 degrees clockwise every step. The black dot moves diagonally from the upper-left corner of the object to the bottom-right corner of the object.

Solving tip: when the question mark is in the middle of the sequence rather than at the end, you should look into the longest sequence available, trying to figure out some of the rules. In this question, for example, if you look at frames 3-5 you can figure out the triangles’ movement. This will enable you to disqualify answers 3-5. Then, you can try answers 1 and 2 and see if they fit the entire sequence.

 

  1. Number series: you’ll need to recognize the pattern and find out what is the next number in the series

See if you can get this one right:

Number Seria Question Example
Check your answer:

The correct answer is 148.

Number seria answer

This series is composed of pairs that are comprised of a number and its square value. 

Each pair starts with a term that is bigger than that of the previous pair. The value added to the new term increases by 1 each time: +1, +2, +3... 

 

The cognitive part requires problem-solving strategies and deductive thinking skills. To help you practice, your PrepPack™ 219 Caliper style questions cover all cognitive topics. Solving this amount of Caliper-tailored test questions will make this way of thinking a second nature to you.

And more specifically, of all numerical question types, number series requires the most practice, because they are heavily based on pre-knowledge of common patterns. That's why our PrepPack™ includes 47 number series questions.

Since this part of the Caliper assessment is more logical and includes challenging analytical questions, it can be very stressful. In fact, feelings of stress and anxiety are a common experience before and during the test. The best way to handle this stress is to come prepared. With our accurate preparation, you’ll know the questions format ahead, practice and see your improvement, and feel more relaxed.

Now that you know what to expect on the test, let’s figure out what you can do to really nail it!


How to Pass the Caliper Test with the Best Results?

In order to come prepared for the Caliper assessment and get the best matching profile, it’s important to know the questions ahead and gain the confidence that you how to answer them.

 


To achieve this confidence on the cognitive part - try solving as many cognitive Caliper’s style questions as possible. After practicing enough questions and reading their explanations, your problem-solving technique will develop; Your ability to identify the pattern in the question and choose the correct answer will improve. Take the extra time to focus on your weaker area.

For the personality part, do research for the job you are applying for. Most of the time, the important qualities for the employer will be written already in the job description - and this gives a good hint of what is expected from you, as well as, the key personality traits that worth emphasizing.

It’s also recommended to answer the test questions and get feedback on your profile. Based on that, you can learn how to successfully present yourself and modify your answers to be the ideal fit for the desired role.

 

So, if you want to summarize it in one word – practice is the key.

The Caliper PrepPack™ will help you fine-tune your ability to answer both cognitive and personality parts through accurate and thorough practice.

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Final Tips Before Taking the Caliper Assessment 

  • Boost your confidence: Be calm and get ready to answer test questions to the best of your ability. Remember that there are no failing questions, rather, the purpose of the test is to see if you are the right fit for the job position.
  • Remain focused while preparing: Put any distractions away so you’ll get efficient practice time, and also simulate the real test environment.
  • Think about what qualities are suitable for the job: memorize them and believe that you have them. Believe that you are a suitable candidate so that you can come to the test with the right attitude.

Caliper Profile FAQ

What Is the Caliper Test Used For?

This test can be used for hiring purposes, to develop current employees' potential, and build effective teams within a company:

1.When using this test for hiring purposes, employers use the results to see if candidates are a good fit for the job. Test results also provide interview questions and describe how a candidate is likely to perform.

2.By using test results to develop an employee's potential, employers can determine whether their employee's position plays to their strengths or their weaknesses.

3.When an employer wants to build a more effective team, they can view the Caliper Profile of each member of the team to compare strengths and weaknesses. An employer can also see which employees complement each other.

Can You Skip Questions on the Caliper Assessment?

Even if you’re not sure what to answer, it is essential that you answer every question, as the Caliper Test cannot be scored if there are any blank spaces on the answer sheet.

Can You Fail the Caliper Test?

The caliper assessment is not scored as a pass or fail exam. And one thing test administrators always say about it is that there are no right or wrong answers.

This is obviously not true. This test is used to select the best candidate for a particular job. Recruiters will, therefore, recommend candidates that best fit the required criteria and job description and disqualify candidates that don’t match the criteria.

Therefore, although you are not officially able to fail the exam, you may fit well and move on to the next recruitment stage, but your recruitment process may stop afterward.

Can You See Your Caliper Assessment Results?

The results of the Caliper assessment are sent to your employer, and not directly to you. So, you can’t really see them. It’s up to the company to decide if they want to share with you the results or give you detailed feedback. ​​​

Is the Caliper Assessment Timed?

The caliper test is not timed, but it should take you about an hour to complete.

Caliper® is a registered trademark of PSI Services LLC. PSI Services LLC is not affiliated with JobTestPrep or this website.
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