General Intelligence Assessment (GIA)
The GIA provides an accurate prediction of a person's potential to grasp a new role/regime. It will help you identify your high flyers and give you the tools to understand how to develop them.
The General Intelligence Assessment (GIA)
The General Intelligence Assessment (GIA) is a cognitive ability assessment that provides an accurate prediction of the time it will take someone to get to grips with a new role/regime.
Assessment type: Aptitude
Format: 5 assessments
Availability: 25+ languages
Time to complete: 30-45 minutes
Training required: GIA Accreditation
Validation: Registered with the British Psychological Society and audited against technical criteria established by the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations
We simply would not be where we are today without the GIA from Thomas International. The feedback that these assessments provide is invaluable.
Background & Theory
The GIA was first developed as a way to measure conscious intellectual abilities and trainability of Armed Forces known as the British Army Recruitment Battery (BARB). It was then developed by Dr Peter Dann and has been part of the Thomas suite since 2006.
- Fluid intelligence (pure processing speed) – this is used to solve new problems, use logic in new situations and identify patterns.
- Crysallised intelligence (learnt factors) – This is the ability to use learned knowledge and experience.
The GIA is concerned with fluid intelligence and looks at an individual’s speed of processing information and ability to learn and develop new skills, rather than measuring ‘IQ’.
The General Intelligence Assessment consists of five online tests that rely on processes such as thought, language, decision making, learning and memory.
- Perceptual speed – measures the perception of inaccuracies in written material, numbers and diagrams, the ability to ignore irrelevant information and recognise similarities and differences.
- Reasoning – measures the ability to reason from information provided and to draw correct conclusions. It assesses the ability of an individual to hold information in their short-term memory and solve problems.
- Speed and accuracy – measures basic numerical reasoning. It measures the degree to which an individual can work comfortably with quantitative methods.
- Spatial visualisation – measures the ability to create and manipulate mental images of objects. It relates to the ability to work in an environment where visualisation skills are required to understand and execute tasks.
- Word meaning – assesses word knowledge and vocabulary by looking at the comprehension of a large number of words from different parts of speech and the ability to identify the words that have similar or opposite meanings.
The individual's score is determined by the speed and accuracy of their responses. Their scores are then compared to a norm group, to determine whether the scores are lower, higher or in-line with the majority of that population.
Reliability & Validity
The GIA has been subject to rigorous scientific testing to determine its reliability and validity as a psychological assessment. Various research studies have shown that the GIA is a consistent and valid measure of trainability.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the General Intelligence Assessment (GIA)?
The General Intelligence Assessment (GIA) is an aptitude and ability test that helps employers predict how quickly an individual will adapt to a new role or regime.
How does the GIA work?
The GIA is composed of online tests that measure an individual’s cognitive function in five areas: Reasoning, Perceptual Speed, Number Speed & Accuracy, Word Meaning and Spatial Visualisation.
Their score is determined by the speed and accuracy of their responses and then compared to a norm group to determine whether the scores are lower, higher or in-line with the majority of that population.
What are the benefits of the GIA to an organisation?
The GIA report gives you an estimate of an individual’s general intelligence and gives insights into their response to training, mental processing speed, concentration and fast track potential.
As a result, the GIA can help you answer questions about your workforce including, ‘Can your people think on their feet?’, ‘Can they cope with the mental demands of the job?’, ‘Are they good problem solvers?’ and ‘How quickly they can they learn?’.