Universal Cognitive Aptitude Test (UCAT)

Updated 6 months ago by Amy Tranter

The UCAT is a pre-employment aptitude test that measures general aptitude, which includes the ability to solve problems, digest and apply information, learn new skills, and think critically. As a language-independent test, the UCAT does not test verbal ability, making it easily translatable and ideal for international use. The UCAT consists of 40 items with a 20 minute time limit.

Score Reports

Each individual is given a raw score and a percentile ranking. The raw score indicates how many questions (out of 40) the individual answered correctly, while the percentile ranking is a relative performance metric that indicates how the individual scored in relation to others who have taken the test. For example, a percentile ranking of 65 means that an individual scored better than 65% of the group on which the test was normed.

Aptitude as a Predictor of Performance

Research shows that cognitive aptitude is one of the most accurate predictors of job success: twice as predictive as job interviews, three times as predictive as experience, and four times as predictive as education level.

Universal Cognitive Aptitude Test training

Watch our consulting psych led Universal Cognitive Aptitude Test (UCAT) assessment training video to learn everything from what UCAT predicts and measures to understanding your report to what the candidate experiences when completing the assessment.

Validity Information

Construct Validity: The UCAT has been shown to be highly correlated with other leading measures of cognitive aptitude. For example, for a sample of 252 people who took the Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test (CCAT) and the UCAT, there was a high (r=.80) correlation between the tests.


About the UCAT

UCAT Sample Score Report

UCAT Sample Score Report (with Score Range)

Guide for interpreting score report

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