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ISTScreening Aptitude Screening Test Detlev Liepmann, AndrĂŠ Beauducel, Burkhard Brocke, Wim Nettelnstroth


Introducing the IST-Screening Aptitude Screening Test Effective and economical, the IST-Screening test is particularly suitable for use with large numbers of applicants. Designed specifically for use in the early stages of selection, the test consists of three sections which quickly and effectively screen for aptitude in three distinct areas – verbal (Analogies), numerical (Number Sequences), and non-verbal (Matrices). The overall score assesses logical reasoning ability and provides a sound basis for deciding which applicants should progress to the next stage of the process. Now with new UK working population norms, ISTScreening is also available in German and Italian, with a newly developed French adaptation coming soon.

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What are the benefits of the IST‑Screening test? • IST-Screening allows unsuitable applicants to be screened out early in the selection process, reducing recruitment overheads without compromising quality. • IST-Screening saves time and money, effectively evaluating verbal, numerical and non-verbal aptitude in less than 30 minutes. • Unlike similar tests, IST-Screening gives a total score across all three areas of aptitude, allowing an overall assessment of applicants. • Online administration is quick and easy via Hogrefe Testsystem 5 (HTS 5), while online scoring guarantees accuracy and removes the need for manual scoring.


How does the IST-Screening test work? IST-Screening comprises three subtests designed to assess aptitude in three distinct dimensions – verbal (Analogies), numerical (Number Sequences) and nonverbal (Matrices). The test taker is given a combined total score (logical reasoning) across all three areas. • Analogies are an indicator of verbal intelligence. This subtest assesses abilities in the handling of linguistic material in the context of logical reasoning. It involves both mastery of vocabulary and the ability to identify relationships between concepts. • Number Sequences are an indicator of numerical intelligence. This subtest assesses arithmetical skill and the ability to identify logical relationships between numbers. • Matrices are an indicator of non-verbal intelligence. This subtest assesses the handling of figural and pictorial material. It involves, among other things, the ability to identify logical relationships between figures. These three different elements involve both inductive and deductive reasoning, resulting in a total score for all three tests which indicates the test taker’s logical reasoning capacity. As the total score comprises verbal, numerical and non-verbal components in equal proportions, the assessment gives a broader picture of general aptitude than would be obtained by focusing on just one or two elements.

How can I get started with the IST-Screening test? IST-Screening is available online via our HTS 5 platform with discounted options for self-administration via our subscription option, or, with our Hogrefe administration which includes candidate set-up and report download.


About us Hogrefe Ltd is the UK arm of the Hogrefe Group, Europe’s leading publisher of psychology journals, books and psychometric assessments. Established almost 70 years ago, Hogrefe is a family-owned company which has grown across Europe in the past 15 years. We combine scientific pedigree with an ability to develop leading assessments. Today, the Hogrefe Group employs more than 360 people, providing high-quality assessment solutions to business, healthcare and educational professionals and organisations. Our Hogrefe Consulting branch offers purpose-built business psychometric solutions. Based in Oxford, Hogrefe Ltd has been developing and publishing psychometric assessments and bespoke organisational recruitment and development solutions since 2003. Our clients include UK corporations, the public sector, and business and healthcare consultancies. Our success is built on ensuring that the tests and solutions we provide deliver comprehensive, cost effective results.

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