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What Is the Caliper Assessment?

The caliper pre-employment test evaluates your personality profile as well as your cognitive abilities in four segments, including:

2 personality questionnaires, a cognitive assessment, and another short personality exam. Let's first focus on the personality section, and then explain the cognitive portion of the exam.  

The Caliper Personality Assessment

The goal of this part is to estimate four factors of your personality:

Caliper profile factors
Leadership/ Persuasiveness 
  • Assertiveness 
  • Aggressiveness 
  • Ego-Drive 
  • Ego-Strength (Resilience) 
  • Energy 
  • Level-Headedness 
Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • Abstract Reasoning Ability 
  • Flexibility 
  • Idea Orientation  
  • Openness 
Interpersonal/ Service Orientation
  • Accommodation 
  • Empathy 
  • Gregariousness 
  • Skepticism 
  • Sociability 
Personal Organization and Time Management
  • External Structure 
  • Cautiousness 
  • Risk-Taking 
  • Self-Structure 
  • Thoroughness 
  • Urgency 

Those factors build a profile of your strengths, motivations, limitations, and potential. The company is looking for a match between your profile and the job requirements.  

The test evaluates the necessary traits against the job requirements via 98 questions. Our PrepPack™ will help you understand how to answer them correctly and get shortlisted to your desired job.

You'll also get the "Single Trait Practice" for all 50 traits that are assessed during the Caliper Test:

  • Focus on each trait independently at your own pace, as you see fit. 
  • Save precious time by practicing on the one trait you'll need to optimize. 
  • Receive a full answer breakdown for each one of the traits. 
  • Optimize the way you present yourself in every aspect of your personality profile.


Want more test tips and insights? Watch this short video:


Keep reading to learn about the test format and get free sample questions.

What to Expect When Taking the Caliper Test?

On the Caliper personality assessment, you can expect to see two question types:

  1. Choose statements that reflect your viewpoint the most and the least: This question type will appear in part 1 and part 2 of the test.
    Most Least Question Example
  2. 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 will be asked in the fourth section of the exam.

The PrepPack™ will give you the tools to understand how to answer those kinds of questions and succeed on this test.

Golden tip

One of the most important tips I have for you is to answer each question as if you are already working in this place and doing excellent work.

How would you answer a question like - “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.

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

The Cognitive Section

The goal of this 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.


2. 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... 

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 Successfully?

PRACTICE is the key.

It’s important to try solving as many cognitive Caliper’s style questions as possible. After practicing enough questions and reading their explanations, your ability to identify the pattern in the question and choose the correct answer will improve.

For the personality part, it’s important to recognize which traits you should highlight and which ones you shouldn’t. After taking a practice test in the PrepPack™, 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:


Caliper report example

Ready to solve some questions?

Try out this question [resemble to the real test]:

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.
Let’s break it down together:

Each statement belongs to a different scale:

Tolerance Scale - "Even if I don’t agree with someone's ideas, I'd still listen"

Active Consideration Scale - "Helping others makes me feel good" 

Patience scale - "I often feel like others are not fast enough for me"

Self-Control scale - " I am prone to mood swings"

Here, the first two statements represent desirable behavioral traits: being tolerant, listening to others, and loving to help. The other two statements represent undesirable behavioral traits: being impatient and emotionally unstable.

The undesirable traits reflect the opposite of what the actual scale measures. Such statements are called "reversed items."

Thus, if you choose "I often feel like others are not fast enough for me" as “least”, your Patience score will become higher.

You’ll find more in-depth explanations like this in our study guide.

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. 

Those questions may be tricky, thus we created a preparation pack, so you’ll not encounter any surprises on the test.

JobTestPrep PrepPack™

The PrepPack™ offers you tailored preparation for 22 different positions covering every aspect of your upcoming Caliper Test.

The guide includes a summary of the nature of the profession and a list of desirable and undesirable traits.

In addition, you get a table of traits with recommended scores for your profession.

Here is an example of motivation and drive traits for a management role:

Report Example

You also get 219 Caliper style questions covering all cognitive topics along with thorough explanations. There are different levels of practice – for beginners and advanced to fit your progress.


Want to practice more questions and learn how to solve them appropriately for your role?

In the pack, you’ll get a thorough guide and exercise questions similar to the real test. 


Why Our Customers Loved it:

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“My new employer told me that my Caliper Assessment was outstanding! I purchased the job PrepPack™ 24 hours before I had to take the assessment. The methodology behind how to approach each type of question, as well as the practice questions certainly improved my performance. Well worth the investment in order to help land that next job." 

Final Tips Before the Test 

  • Boost your confidence: Calm yourself 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.
  • Be consistent: It is important to be consistent with your answers. The same traits are measured in a range of questions, so if you answer them differently your results will be considered unreliable.
  • Remain focused while preparing: Put any distractions away so you’ll get efficient practice time, and also simulate the real test environment.
  • Get a good night's rest: A good night's sleep can increase cognitive performance and lower stress levels when taking the Caliper Tests.

Caliper Test FAQ

Is There a Time Limit?

While most applicants spend about an hour taking the full Caliper Test, there is no actual time limit. There is also a shortened version, just for the personality part without the cognitive one, that takes 25 minutes. 

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 Profiles 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 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 afterwards.

Can You See Your Caliper Assessment Results?

The results 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. 


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