Talent Q Elements

Identify the full potential in your candidates


The Talent Q Elements suite of online adaptive ability tests measure a person’s verbal, numerical and logical reasoning skills, to help you make better recruitment decisions and identify high potential candidates.

Make better recruitment decisions with adaptive testing

Ability tests, such as Elements, have been scientifically proven to be strong predictors of job performance. Developed using sophisticated, psychometrically robust adaptive testing methodology, Elements represents a new generation of online testing. It tailors the difficulty of the next question presented based on the candidate’s previous responses. This means that candidates complete fewer questions yet still demonstrate their true potential.

Elements tests are specifically designed to assess candidates’ verbal, numerical and logical reasoning skills. They can be used across all sectors and functions for supervisory, graduate, managerial and professional level jobs, to help make better recruitment decisions, identify high potential candidates and support succession planning.

How it works

How the tests work

Elements consists of three online ability tests – verbal, numerical and logical – which can be used separately or alongside other assessments. The tests take between nine and 12 minutes each to complete, which is half the time of most ability tests on the market.

The verbal reasoning test measures candidates’ ability to interpret verbal information and reach the right conclusions – a skill that’s essential for anyone working in the communication of ideas or the understanding of written information. The test consists of 15 questions based on passages of text.

The numerical reasoning test is designed to measure a candidate’s ability to analyse and draw conclusions from numerical information – which is important for a variety of roles that involve working with data. The test consists of 12 questions based on information presented in tables.

The logical reasoning test is designed to assess how candidates analyze abstract information and apply this to determine outcomes and patterns – an important skill for roles that involve complex problem-solving. This test consists of 12 questions based on an incomplete series of symbols.

About adaptive testing

The adaptive nature of the Elements tests means that they are significantly shorter than others. This is because a candidate is only answering questions that have been specifically chosen to challenge their individual ability level. But how does it work?

  • Starting the test: all candidates start Elements tests at the same point, with a question of average difficulty.
  • Answering the questions: answer a question correctly, within the allocated time limit, and the next question presented will be of a harder level of difficulty. If the question is answered incorrectly, or is not answered within the allocated time limit, the next question presented will be of an easier level of difficulty.
  • Progressing through the test: this process continues until the end of the test has been reached (between 12 and 15 questions). Elements quickly adapts to a candidates level of ability and tailors the route through the test appropriately.
  • Finishing the test: once all questions have been answered the system automatically calculates the candidate’s final score depending on how they progressed through the test. Scores are based on the level of difficulty of each question and whether or not the candidate answered it correctly.


Better decisions with Talent Q

There are is range of benefits to using Elements as part of your talent management processes:

  • Speed: each Elements test takes approximately 9-12 minutes to complete – half the time of most ability tests on the market – without compromising on scientific rigor.
  • Fairness: test difficulty is not predetermined by any assumptions of candidate ability enabling a candidate to demonstrate their true ability level.
  • Reliable: Elements can be completed remotely but results can be confirmed with a 6-8 minute verification test (at no extra cost), completed in person to minimize the risk of cheating.
  • Secure: Elements’ adaptive structure means that each candidate is likely to receive a unique combination of questions. There are also multiple versions of the questions, which further decreases the chances of two people receiving the same test. Both of these features reduce the chances that questions and correct answers can be published.
  • Multiple-use of the data: Elements data can be re-used and interrogated for multiple purposes so whilst initially you may have gathered data for recruitment, it can later be used for succession planning and identifying potential.
  • Easy to integrate: Elements can be integrated with applicant tracking and HR systems, thereby providing a seamless volume recruitment proposition.
  • A single test system: this removes the need to maintain a large suite of tests for different ability levels, and while there are three tests within Elements, each can be taken separately.
  • Customization: Elements can be re-branded using your own branding and design.
  • International: Elements is currently available in over 40 languages, making it an ideal choice for organisations conducting global assessment programs.
  • Return on investment: an important but often overlooked benefit of Elements is the return on investment (ROI) that it offers the organisation. By using a robust and valid assessment in the early stages of a recruitment process, applicants that are not suitable can be screened out so that the more costly, often face-to-face, stages can be conducted with those candidates that appear to be more suitable for the role. Also, by introducing an assessment with proven validity, the organisation will very soon see marked differences in the productivity and performance of employees, which ultimately will impact the bottom line in a wide variety of ways.

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