[IPAC-List] Cognitive Ability

Patrick McCoy Patrick.McCoy at psc-cfp.gc.ca
Fri Sep 4 13:59:54 EDT 2009

We are currently brushing up on cognitive ability assessment in anticipation of some possible development work down the road, and thought it might be useful to ask the group a few questions.

- Are any of you developing new cognitive ability tests, or do you know of any that have been developed recently?

- Has anyone heard of any new question types that are working well?

- Are there any question types that should almost always be included in a cognitive ability test?

- Are there any question types that should generally not be used?

- Have you encountered any interesting articles or chapters concerning the assessment of cognitive ability?

- Has anyone collected samples of the various types of questions that they wouldn't mind sharing?

- Has anyone produced or encountered a list of do's and don'ts regarding the assessment of cognitive ability?

Thank you in advance,

Patrick McCoy, Ph.D.
Ottawa, Canada

P.S.: If you haven't already seen it, the following article is quite interesting:

Zysberg,L. (2009). An emerging new component of cognitive abilities in human resources selection: Preliminary evidence to the existence of a 'process-analytic' factor in selection batteries. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 17 91), 69-75. (the author provide some preliminary evidence for a "process-analytic" factor in addition to the usual numeric and verbal factors)

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