General Mental Ability Test - Competency Screening Test For Hiring

General Mental Ability is defined as the ability to comprehend and interpret verbal information, ability to perceive and process numbers and information given in tabular/ graphical format, ability to think laterally and make logical connections between different concepts.

The General Mental Ability (GMA) test measures the general mental ability of the test takers working in a variety of individual contributor or managerial roles. This test is useful in assessing employees’ potential irrespective of their educational background and job experience. The Mettl Test for General Mental Ability can be used in both talent acquisition and development initiatives across roles, job levels and industries.

The test is developed in line with the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures (EEOC, 1978), the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology's Principles for the Validation and Use of Personnel Selection Procedures (SIOP, 2018) , EFPA Test Review Model, and the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing developed jointly by the American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Association, and National Council on Measurement in Education (1999) .

Use this test for:

  • Recruitment: Identify the right hires for your organization by using this test.
  • Learning and Development: Understand the current proficiency level of employee; train and develop employees effectively.
  • Identification of High Potential: Have a healthy pipeline of future leaders.
  • Succession Planning: Fast-track high potential to retain them.

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Test Details:

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Section Details:

Numeric Reasoning

It is defined as the ability to perceive and process numbers and data presented in graphical/tabular format.

Verbal Reasoning

It is defined as the ability to comprehend and interpret verbal information in a rational way.

Abstract Reasoning

It is defined as the ability to think laterally, examine problems in unique and unusual ways and make logical connections between different concepts.

NOTE: If required, the test can be provided in other languages as well. Please write to us for any such requirement.


Rigour of the Tool:

Reliability (Cronbach alpha)

0.66 to 0.83

Construct Validity

As per the Confirmatory Factor Analysis model, the fit indices were as per the norms (CMIN = 633.64; IFI = 0.931; CFI = 0.928; TLI =0.918 and RMSEA = 0.016).

Criterion Validity

The GMA score was shown to be positively correlated with Analytical Ability (r = .543, p <.01), Critical Thinking (r = .407, p <.05) Ability with Numbers (r = .643, p <.01), Innovation (r =.344, p< .05) and Fluid Intelligence (r = .385, p <.05).

Norming and Standardization

Normed on a sample of 2000+ respondents across the globe

Adverse Impact

The GMA is free from age, gender, ethnicity and language bias and appropriate for use as a global and culture agnostic tool.

Answer to common queries:

What types of questions are asked in a General Mental Ability test?

In General Mental Ability Test, following are the type of questions based on specific sections:

  • Abstract Reasoning: Matrix based questions involving shapes, symbols, numbers
  • Numeric Reasoning: Tables, Graphs, Percentage, Averages, Ratios
  • Verbal Reasoning: Para Jumbles, Reading Comprehension

Can I get benchmark scores for the candidates who take this assessment for hiring decisions?

Yes, we can do so selectively. Please write to us for such a request and we would be glad to assist.

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Relevant for Industries

  • IT
  • Banking & finance
  • Insurance
  • FMCG
  • Hospitality
  • Retail
  • Manufacturing

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