Acumen

critical reasoning

numerical & verbal acumen

Acumen

Incorporating both numerical and verbal elements, this assessment differs to traditional tests by presenting information in a range of contemporary interactive formats including text messages, blogs, bubble charts, and project apps. With high face validity, Acumen keeps the test-taker fully engaged throughout the assessment process.

Critical reasoning is an important factor in the ability to analyse information from different sources and draw logical conclusions which can be defended and justified.

Acumen is a measure of the ability to analyse information derived from different sources and draw logical conclusions which can be defended and justified.

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Acumen provides a comprehensive assessment of critical reasoning using real-world, workplace scenarios.

Acumen is suitable for graduates, emerging leaders, managers and executives and has application in the selection and development of staff.

Numerical acumen

Numerical critical reasoning assesses the ability to process and draw logical conclusions for problems or data presented in a numerical form. For Acumen, these are presented in real work like formats including charts, data tables or project reports.

Verbal acumen

Verbal critical reasoning assesses capabilities for analysing and synthesising information presented verbally, such as in text messages, emails or blogs, and making logical and meaningful assumptions, inferences and conclusions.


Measures

  • Critical Reasoning
  • (Numerical & Verbal)

Administration

  • On-screen or via Email Invitation

Duration

  • Numerical: 25 Questions
  • 25 Minutes Timed
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  • Verbal: 25 Questions
  • 20 Minutes Timed

When to use

  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Training and Development

Downloads

About Acumen

Acumen consists of 25 numerical and 25 verbal items and is a measure of the ability to analyse information derived from different sources and draw logical conclusions which can be defended and justified. It measures the following abilities associated with critical reasoning:

  • Understand and identify key points in complex arguments.
  • Comprehend and identify trends from statistical data.
  • Analyse information derived from different sources.
  • Evaluate the strength of arguments.
  • Make logical assumptions and inferences.
  • Draw conclusions that can be supported.
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Overview

  • Provides a comprehensive assessment of business reasoning in verbal and numerical reasoning forms.
  • Provides interactive charts and tables for ease of data extraction.
  • Acumen has strong overall internal consistency reliability in excess of 0.85 across subsamples e.g. gender, age.
  • While complex charts and tables are presented in the test these were developed with accessibility for color blind participants in mind.
  • Flexible administration with either supervised or unsupervised options.
  • Developed using a sample of graduates and managers to better reflect the target group and differentiate between applicants of high ability.
  • Stems presented in the test reflect a wide range of business contexts and data sources to increase applicability.
  • The test is quick to administer with a completion time of 45 minutes, which is comparable or shorter than similar tests.