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General Information about Criteria Tests

Criteria is one of the world's leading providers of pre-employment testing services. Its tests are designed to assess candidates' knowledge, skills, learning abilities, and personality traits. Over 1500 companies in 18 different countries currently use Criteria’s tests in their screening processes. Most famously, NASA has used Criteria's tests to determine if astronaut candidates are fit to operate a space shuttle.

Criteria’s tests are split into three fields:

  1. Aptitude
  2. Skills
  3. Personality

Each test measures different skills and qualities, and Criteria's tests also vary in length and time limit. The specific test you take depends on the industry and position for which you are applying. Quite often, an aptitude or basic skills test is given alongside a personality test to assess an applicant's cognitive abilities as well as his or her work temperament.


Criteria Aptitude Tests

Cognitive aptitude tests assess a candidate's ability to solve problems, think critically, pay attention to details, and learn and apply new information.

  • Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test (CCAT) – The CCAT is a rapidly-paced test, only 15 minutes in length.  It contains 50 questions that fall into three different question types: math and logic, verbal ability, and spatial reasoning.
  • Universal Cognitive Aptitude Test (UCAT) – The UCAT measures an applicant's ability to solve problems, digest and apply information, learn new skills, and think critically. The UCAT consists of 40 questions and has a 20-minute time limit.
  • MiniCog Rapid Assessment Battery (MRAB) – The MRAB is a series of nine short tests that measure a candidate's ability to process information, reason logically, and remember details.
  • Criteria Attention Skills Test (CAST) – The CAST is a short test, taking between 9–12 minutes. It measures a candidate's ability to concentrate only on the task provided to him or her. This test is often given to truck drivers, security guards, gaming dealers, and air traffic controllers.
  • Wiesen Test of Mechanical Aptitude (WTMA) – The WTMA is a 30-minute test designed to asses an applicant's ability to install, operate, maintain, and repair equipment and machinery.

Criteria Skills Tests

Criteria skills tests measures skills for entry-level positions or positions that require basic computer skills. These tests determine how well a candidate works with basic computer programs.

  • Criteria Basic Skills Test (CBST) – The CBST is a 20-minute exam consisting of 40 questions that assess math, grammar, spelling, and language skills. It is generally used to screen for entry-level positions and is meant to assess an applicant's overall "trainability."
  • Typing Test – The typing test is a one-minute test that measures typing speed and accuracy.
  • Ten Key Test – This test measures a candidate's ability to perform numerical data entry.
  • Excel – The Excel test is a 20-item exam that measures proficiency in Microsoft Excel. It takes 10 minutes to complete.
  • Word – Measuring an applicant's proficiency in Microsoft Word, this 10-minute test contains 20 items. 
  • PowerPoint – Measuring a candidate's proficiency in Microsoft PowerPoint, this 20-item test has a time limit of 10 minutes.
  • Computer Literacy and Internet Knowledge Test (CLIK) – The CLIK is a 10-minute test consisting of two tasks that are followed by ten multiple-choice questions. The tasks takes three minutes each. This test is designed to determine whether or not an applicant possesses the basic computer literacy required for many positions.

Criteria Personality Tests

Personality tests are used to reveal aspects of a candidate's character and personality. These tests are intended to help employers better understand applicants' personalities in order to choose the most suitable candidate(s) for the position. Criteria offers five different types of personality tests:

  • Sales Achievement Predictor (SalesAP) – This assessment measures character traits crucial for sales-related positions, such as reluctance to ask for a sale, inhibition, and motivation to follow through.
  • Customer Service Aptitude Profile (CSAP) – An adaptation of the SalesAP, this assessment is used to measure character traits necessary for customer service positions. It assesses patience, assertiveness, diplomacy, and cooperativeness.
  • Employee Personality Profile (EPP) – This test measures twelve personality traits that are considered important in many working environments: achievement, assertiveness, competitiveness, conscientiousness, cooperativeness, extroversion, managerial, motivation, openness, patience, self-confidence, and stability.
  • Workplace Productivity Profile (WPP) – This assessment usually screens for entry-level positions. Used to predict whether a candidate is a trustworthy and reliable worker, it measures the following traits: achievement, assertiveness, competitiveness, conscientiousness, cooperativeness, extroversion, managerial, motivation, openness, patience, self-confidence, and stability.
  • Criteria Personality Inventory (CPI) – The CPI is a personality test based on the Big Five Model, which measures candidates' levels of openness, extroversion, conscientiousness, agreeableness, and neuroticism. Research has shown that these traits are often linked to job performance.

Prepare for Criteria Tests

Even minor improvements to your score can determine whether you or someone else gets the job. JobTestPrep's practice packs for the various Criteria assessments include exam-like practice tests. With in-depth answer explanations for every question, JobTestPrep's Criteria packs are sure to give you the edge over your competition. 


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