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Mental Agility Series (MAS)

Work | Abilities | Academic Functioning | Screening | Leadership and Managerial Roles

Working memory tests have emerged as an ideal way to quickly and accurately measure a person’s overall intellectual capacity or General Mental Ability (GMA), in order to predict occupational attainment and work performance with greatly reduced concerns about adverse impact. A person’s general mental ability provides the basis for determining their ‘mental agility’, or their capacity to learn new skills, adapt to new situations and to develop a body of expert knowledge, whilst also acting as a determinant of speed and accuracy on routine tasks.

The Mental Agility Series provides a valid way to sift large numbers of job applicants for progression to more in-depth assessments, and are highly valuable tools for ensuring people are not placed in jobs that are significantly above or below their intellectual abilities. All scales that make up Mental Agility Series batteries have been identified as measures of either fluid or crystallised intelligence.

The ebilities Mental Agility Series (MAS) Tests are an evolution of traditional cognitive ability tests. They are agility-focused through the inclusion of innovative item-based timings, plus they feature world-first measurement of cognitive confidence to pinpoint overconfident and underconfident test takers. All test questions are completed under time pressure whereby an answer has to be given within a “cut-off” time and a test taker’s response time is recorded so it can be factored into the results. The system also includes a sophisticated ‘real time’ analysis of test taker behaviour to identify non-compliant test taker actions that may invalidate test results.

The tests were therefore developed to help identify quick, confident learners and problem solvers, as these types of people are the key to a futureproof workforce in the technology age, with the range including options for finding agile learners, agile numbers people, and agile ‘all rounders’ (people who combine high learning potential with numerical agility and quick and accurate recall of the English language).

MAS TESTS

  • MAS General Potential - used to identify agile learners, who are people who combine high learning potential with high confidence to try new things and put new learning into action. It measures (1) the learning potential of test takers, via working memory testing as an alternative to traditional abstractreasoning tests, plus (2) any leanings they may show towards overconfidence or underconfidence, which may impact on their learning and decision making.Available in both Standard and Advanced versions, the MAS General Potential is ideal for identifying agile learners amongst general workforce job applicants as well as graduates and professionals.
  • MAS Business Fundamentals - used to identify people with the highly valued combination of learning agility, numerical agility plus agility with the English language (fast and accurate recall of English words). It measures (1) the core cognitive abilities of test takers in an agility-based format as an alternative to traditional abstract, verbal and numerical tests, plus (2) any leanings they may show towards overconfidence or underconfidence, which may impact on their decision making and work performance.Available in both Standard and Advanced versions, the MAS Business Fundamentals is ideal for identifying versatile people who are able to follow fluid career paths, where English is the language of business.
  • MAS Numerical - used to identify genuinely quick and smart ‘numbers people’ by assessing their performance on tests of mental arithmetic, numerical pattern recognition and financial problem solving. It measures (1) the numerical agility of test takers, as an alternative to traditional numerical tests, plus (2) any leanings they may show towards overconfidence or underconfidence, which may impact on their decision making and work performance.The MAS Numerical is ideal for hiring graduates and professionals in disciplines such as Accounting, Banking, Finance, Insurance, Engineering, Marketing etc.