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MAS General Potential

Work | Abilities | Screening | Organisational Development

The Metacognitive Assessment Series (MAS) General Potential provides a contemporary, working memory-focused alternative to traditional abstract/diagrammatic reasoning tests to assess general learning and problem-solving potential in the workplace. 

The assessment consists of tests of working memory and numerical problem solving, sampling fluid ability as an objective measure of learning potential. Scores are algorithmically combined to derive the General Potential Quotient, in addition to reporting scores on each of the subtests. The report also includes a unique metacognitive component that provides insights into an individual’s decision-making style, to detect any patterns of overconfidence or underconfidence. 

An individual’s test taking behavior is also monitored in ‘real time’ to deter cheating and detect any actions they take that may invalidate the results of a test session.



Both the Standard and Advanced reports include tests of working memory and numerical problem solving; the time intervals in the Advanced version are shorter than the Standard. Both reports also provide a normed General Potential Quotient, an overall estimate of general ability, for easy comparison of test takers.

The reports assist practitioners in:

• Identifying high potential people whose cognitive capacity is matched by confident, accurate and timely decision making. 

• Identifying a person’s decision making style and uncovering individuals who show consistent patterns of overconfidence or underconfidence in their cognitive abilities. 



JVR Psychometrics has conducted local research and South African norms are available for the MAS General Potential Standard and welcomes the opportunity to partner with clients in conducting research studies in their organisations on both the Standard and Advanced versions. 



- MAS Business Fundamentals

- MAS Cognitive Style

- MAS Learning Agility

- MAS Numerical

- MAS Work Style


Basic info



Age range

Individuals 18 years and older

Administration time

Standard: 15 minutes; Advanced: 12 minutes

Comparison group

SA and Global norms

Language availability


Scoring options


Integrated report options


Additional info

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