Updated by Amy Thomas

UCognify is a universal game based assessment of cognitive aptitude that is used to measure an individual's ability to acquire, retain and use new information effectively.

As a language-independent test, UCognify does not test verbal ability, making it easily translatable and ideal for international use.

Cognify offers a positive and immersive assessment experience and is available across any device. Candidates complete five engaging mini-games that predict performance across a broad range of roles. It takes approximately 25 minutes to complete (including tutorials).

UCognify is used in positions where learning and interpreting complex information is required.

Click here if you would like to learn more about our other Cognify assessments.

Assess numerical reasoning

Measure how candidates comprehend quantitative and numerical concepts. Numerical reasoning is important for roles where numbers are used on a day-to-day basis.

Assess problem solving

Discover how candidates solve problems without prior knowledge. Measuring fluid reasoning is key to predicting candidates' ability to learn quickly and succeed in a role.

Assessment options

A shorter version of UCognify is available on request. This test is comprised of NumBubbles and GridLock. It takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Please contact your Customer Success Manager for more information about using this version of Cognify.

Our Cognify assessment assesses verbal knowledge, as well as numerical reasoning and problem solving. Click here if you would like to learn more about Cognify.

Using UCognify

UCognify is not currently included in Criteria's recommended test batteries. To use UCognify, you will need to add it to a custom test battery. Click here to learn more about creating a custom test battery.

You can add a custom score range to UCognify. Click here to learn more about creating a custom score range.

Your candidates' UCognify results will contribute to their Talent Signal and can be included in your reports.

Validity Information

Independently validated

Cognify has been independently validated as a reliable and predictive assessment by a number of external research projects.

Independent studies confirm Cognify as a reliable – and desirable – recruitment assessment. Cognify went through a stringent research and development process. We conducted a number of different validation studies to ensure that the games accurately and reliably measured the construct they were supposed to measure (cognitive ability) and that each game contributed to scoring in unique and statistically significant ways.

Construct Validity

Cognify has been shown to be highly correlated with other measures of general mental ability (g). This gives us confidence that Cognify is a valid measure of cognitive aptitude.

Predictive Validity

Various studies have shown that Cognify provides a significant prediction of job performance across a wide range of roles and industries. Cognify has been shown to predict outcomes such as job performance, sales and technical knowledge acquisition.

Cognify has also received external endorsements in the form of a 2016 win in the Serious Games Showcase & Challenge, I/O psychology community recognition, and from several independent studies. Cognify was evaluated on the basis of: innovation in design and application, utilisation of psychological knowledge, organisational impact, sustainability, demonstration of thought leadership and using psychology to create new, different and novel organisational interventions.

Standardisation Sample

Norms for Cognify were developed using a sample of over 6,500 individuals from a global general population across a wide range of different organisations, represented from a wide variety of industries. The mean age in this population is 29.4 years (SD= 8.44).


UCognify Overview

UCognify Sample Score Report

PDF Guide for interpreting score report

Additional Resources


Create a Test Battery

Create a Custom Score Range

Talent Signal

Create a Report

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