From CCAT to WMTA, Criteria is one of the world's leading providers of pre-employment testing services. With a customer base of 3,000 companies worldwide, including companies such as Vista Equity Partners, Crossover and TIBCO, Criteria and its HireSelect platform offers a wide range of cognitive tests. Learn more about Criteria with AptitudeTests.org
What Tests Are Developed by Criteria Corp.?
The pre-employment tests developed by Criteria are divided into three main categories:
- Aptitude tests: aimed at assessing a candidate's cognitive abilities.
- Personality tests: examination of a candidates' behavioral traits.
- Skills or professional competency tests: aimed at examining a candidate's technical knowledge in various fields (i.e. basic math, Internet, MS Office, ...).
- HireSelect: Criteria's online pre-employment testing plateform.
Criteria Aptitude Tests
Criteria's aptitude tests, the most popular being the CCAT, are psychometric tests designed to assess and analyze the cognitive abilities of candidates, used by hundreds of companies worldwide. The abilities assessed are generally numerical, logical and verbal reasoning.
The following table provides a comparison of Criteria's various aptitude tests:
|Full name||Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test||Wiesen Test of Mechanical Aptitude||Universal Cognitive Aptitude Test||Minicog Rapid Assessment Battery||Criteria Attention Skills Test|
|Overview||A general cognitive aptitude test||A mechanical aptitude test||A general cognitive ability test||A battery of cognitive and mental "fitness" tests||A short cognitive concentration test|
|Skills assessed||Critical thinking, problem solving and rapid learning ability||Installation, repair and maintenance of mechanical equipment||Critical thinking, problem solving, attention to detail and logical understanding||Concentration and focus, mental fitness, memorization and speed of logical reasoning||An abbreviated version of the MRAB focused on concentration and memorization|
|Duration||15 minutes||30 minutes||20 minutes||Estimated time: 35 minutes||9-12 minutes|
|Number of items||50 questions||60 questions||40 questions||Questions divided into 9 tests||4 tests out of the 9 available MRAB tests|
Criteria Personality Tests
Personality tests are widely used in the United States and around the world and allow employers to understand the different behavioural traits of candidates. Criteria offers five different personality tests, depending on the position for which the candidate is applying and the traits required for the job.
The following table provides a comparison of Criteria's different personality tests.
|Full name||Employee Personality Profile||Sales Achievement Predictor||Workplace Productivity Profile||Customer Service Aptitude Profile||Criteria Personality Inventory|
|Overview||A general personality test for employees||A personality test, specific to the retail sector||A personality test that assesses productivity at work||An adaptation of the SalesAP test, specific to customer service and after-sales||A personality test that determines a candidate's future potential for work positions|
|Number of traits evaluated||12 personality traits||5 personality traits||4 personality traits||5 personality traits||5 Personality Traits (Big Five)|
|Duration||15 minutes||15 minutes||10 minutes||15 minutes||15 minutes|
|Number of items||140 questions||140 questions||50 questions||140 questions||-|
Criteria Skills Tests
Skill tests measure job-related skills; broad-spectrum skills such as verbal, numerical and communication reasoning skills, or specific skills such as typing and computer skills. These are skills that candidates have acquired in the course of their education and career - these skills do not necessarily reflect innate abilities but rather reflect acquired knowledge - what the candidate already can do on the basis of previous experience.
General skills tests (i.e the CBST) that measure general job-readiness skills can be effective indicators of job performance for a wide variety of entry-level positions. However, many skills tests measure more specific acquired skills such as typing speed or the knowledge of various software programs. It is important to realise that these "micro-skills" tests are not designed to predict long-term job performance, as are most aptitude and personality tests; rather, they are only intended to serve as an indicator of a person's current status in regard to key job-related skills.
The table below provides a comparison of Criteria's various competency tests:
|Tests||CBST||CLICK||Microsoft Office||Typing Test||Ten Key Test|
|Full name||Criteria Basic Skills Test||Computer Literacy and Internet Knowledge Test||Microsoft Office 2013/2016||Typing Test||Ten Key Test|
|Overview||A basic test for beginner or early career positions||A basic computing skills test||3 tests testing the candidates basic abilities in: Excel, Word, PowerPoint||A keyboard typing speed and accuracy test||A digital typing speed test|
|Skills assessed||Numeracy (maths), grammar and spelling of the English language||General knowledge of computer science (e-mail, internet...)||Basic knowledge of Microsoft's bureaucratic software||Striking speed||Striking speed on the digital pad|
|Duration||20 minutes||10 minutes||10 minutes||2 minutes||5 minutes|
|Number of items||40 questions||10 QCM - 2 job simulations||20 questions||-||20 items|
HireSelect is an online platform specializing in pre-employment testing. This system provides companies with the ability to pick employees out of a pool of candidates, according to the company's needs and preferences. Using a database of more than 1,100 employee profiles, HireSelect provides its customers with recommendations for various types of tests that may assist in screening for a certain job or position. Each test or battery of tests can then be customized according to the company's wishes.
Many companies use HireSelect for their selection tests, here's a quick overview:
|Restaurant.com||Scandia Seafood Inc.||Incept Corp.||Lifestyle Hearing|
|Xtract Solutions||Push Innovation Live||First Bankers Trust Company||Hooker Furniture|
|Tech Qualled||American Export Lines||Emagine Entertainment|