Caliper Assessment Practice- Personality & Cognitive [2024]
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What is a Caliper Assessment? 

The Caliper Assessment is a well-validated and commonly used pre-employment test, administered online by Talogy. It contains 98 multiple-choice questions of two kinds: cognitive and primarily behavioralThough the Caliper exam does not have a time limit, it usually takes about one hour to complete.

The Caliper test allows employers to select the correct candidate for the job, and to make the "employee lifecycle" more precise, as they use its results for promotion, development, and team-building decisions.

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

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Caliper Test Questions

You can expect 4 separate sections in your test: 

  • 3 Sections of personality questions 
  • 1 Cognitive abilities section (math & shape patterns)

 

 Caliper Personality Test Questions

 The purpose of the Caliper personality test questions is to evaluate candidates' traits, natural tendencies, and work behaviors to predict if they fit the relevant position.


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 of the four statements - one reflecting your viewpoint the most (or best describes you), and one reflecting your viewpoint the least.

    This example is taken from our Caliper personality simulation:
    Most and Least Caliper Question

  2. Likert Scale Questions
    Questions in this section will each contain one statement. You’ll be asked to determine your agreement level with each statement from 1-“strongly disagree” to 7-“strongly agree”.

    Try thinking about how you would rank the following example:

    Caliper personality test question

 

How to answer Caliper personality questions?

 The “right” answers for Caliper 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. 

  • In the question above, 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 Caliper assessment answers align with the job’s required traits, you’ll be found more compatible, and have higher chances to get hired.

Our Caliper test preparation offers customized practice tests specifically designed for a variety of positions, such as high management, project management, analysts, and more. It includes comprehensive answers and explanations focused on the essential traits required for your specific role, guiding you on how to effectively demonstrate those traits throughout the test.

Let’s look at some sample Caliper test questions and answers for the cognitive ability section:

 

 Caliper Cognitive Test Questions

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

Take a look at the four types of cognitive abilities test questions: 

    1. Caliper Visual Analogy Questions & Answers

      Caliper visual analogy questions assess your abstract abilities skills, particularly the 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.

      Try this free question:

      Choose the answer that best completes the visual analogy:

      caliper visual analogy answers
      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.


      More Visual analogy practice questions and answers are available on our full Caliper Test practice.
    2. Caliper Matrices Questions & Answers

      These questions also assess your abstract reasoning skills. particularly the 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).

      Try this free question:

      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. Caliper Visual Series Questions & Answers

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


      Try this free question:

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

      sample caliper test questions
      Check your answer

      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.

    4. Caliper 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
      caliper test math answers

      The correct answer is 13. 

      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 abilities questions?

Succeeding in solving cognitive questions requires practicing questions as similar as possible to the Caliper test questions. Our complete Caliper test Preparation includes practice tests for each type of question on the exam, mirroring the  Caliper cognitive questions above. 

These include answers and explanations for each question, with simple strategies and tips written by experienced psychometric experts.

Solving this number of tailored Caliper assessment questions sharpens abstract reasoning skills and helps solve any cognitive question on the actual test.

More Caliper assessment practice questions are available on our free caliper test sample


Caliper Profile Results

The Caliper assessment results are given to employers as detailed reports of 21 traits/ attributes, grouped into four main areas: 

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

The score for each trait can range between 1-99, indicating your trait/ability level compared to Caliper job models. That is an “ideal” profile 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 a high assertiveness and urgency scores will put you in a favorable position to get hired. 

So, based on your position and its profile, employers get an overall fit score, with the highest one indicating you’re a perfect match for the role.

caliper assessment results

The definitions of each trait are available in the official Caliper Personality test PDF

What is a Good Caliper Score?

The closer your Caliper test answers are to Caliper's job model, the higher your Caliper profile test will be scored. Getting a score between 60-79 means you are a good match, yet 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 fit score, you’ll need to consider the essential characteristics of the role you’re applying for and answer in a way that highlights the relevant traits.

With our Caliper Assessment Preparation Pack, you will have access to Caliper Assessment practice tests that provide answers and explanations tailored to the Caliper personality test. This will enable you to understand how to respond in a manner that aligns with the requirements of your specific position, thereby increasing the likelihood of your Caliper Profile enhancing your chances of securing the job. 

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What do Caliper Test Results Look Like?

Caliper profile scores are presented to the hiring manager as 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. Based on that, 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.


3 Simple Caliper Assessment Tips to Boost your Caliper Profile Score

  1. Know Which Questions to Expect 
    The Caliper Profile Assessment 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 in 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.

    Therefore, our first tip is- don’t get caught by surprise. Get to know exactly the Caliper test questions you are about to face- cognitive and personality, and take Caliper practice tests. This way, you’ll gain confidence, reduce stress-induced mistakes, and improve your 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 answering accordingly.

    To do that, try memorizing the 4-6 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 Caliper assessment questions according to the first response that comes to mind. We recommend using the fact that there is no time limit on the Caliper Test to consider your test answers actively.


Caliper Assessment FAQs

Is The Caliper Assessment Timed?

The caliper assessment is not timed, and you can 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. You can cross time management concerns off the list!

Can You Fail the Caliper Test?

You cannot get a direct pass or fail score on the caliper assessment since it assesses your behavioral traits. However, saying "there are no right or wrong answers" on this test is also inaccurate, since the behavioral tendencies that form your Caliper profile indicate whether you are right for the job. 

Can I See My Caliper Assessment Results?

You will not be able to see your Caliper Assessment results, as the score report is 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. Click here for more elaboration on Caliper results.

What Companies Use Caliper?

The Caliper assessment is a pre-employment stage used as part of the recruitment process for a wide range of job titles (sales, customer success, management roles, executives, and more). Here are some of the companies that use the caliper profile assessment (updated to 2024):

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

Is The Caliper Assessment Hard?

The Caliper 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.  

How Long Does It Take for Caliper Assessment Results?

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

What Is a PSI Caliper Assessment?

The PSI Caliper profile test(Also known as Talogy Caliper Assessment) is one of the online psychometric tests offered by PSI, now known as Talogy, to screen job applicants or promote employees based on their personality assessment. 

See our Free PSI Practice Test page for more sample questions. 

What Is a Caliper Assessment Used For?

The Caliper assessment results indicate an individual's strengths and weaknesses when performing a particular role. Employers use these indicators in the hiring process to make better hiring decisions, develop current employees' potential, and create effective team building.

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 caliper assessment answers in that section. 

What Does the Caliper Assessment Say About Me?

The Caliper personality test defines work-related competencies that, when bundled together, predict how you will perform in different areas of your particular job.

Keep in mind that you will not receive the results of your Caliper Assessment, and you will only be notified if you have moved on to the next step of the hiring process. Therefore, if you did not move on, it is because your personality is not a good match for this specific position, and you might experience various struggles if you pursue this kind of career.

Learn more about the different personality types in our Predictive Index Personality Types guide.

 

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