Lectica's recruitment products

Recruitment will never be the same

Assessments of mental skill are the best single predictors of workplace performance. But most of these assessments are archaic multiple-choice tests of general intelligence or aptitude with items like the one shown below. Such items clearly do not directly measure the skills most needed in the workplace—such as the ability to work closely with others or find solutions to thorny real-world workplace problems.

Lectical Assessments are sophisticated scenario-based developmental assessments that ask candidates to demonstrate how they would apply their knowledge and skills to address complex real-world scenarios involving multiple stakeholders and problems with no single correct answer.

Lectical Assessments measure four important indicators of mental ability.

Lectical LevelLectical Level is a score on a life-span developmental scale called the Lectical Scale. It is determined with one of two well-validated systems for determining developmental complexity.

Role FitRole Fit is the relation between the complexity level of an individual’s reasoning and the complexity level of a given role. Good Role Fit increases well-being, engagement, effectiveness, and productivity

ClarityClarity involves the degree to which an individual’s arguments are coherent and persuasive, how well their arguments are framed, and how well their ideas are connected. Individuals who make clear arguments also make better decisions and grow more rapidly than individuals who think less clearly.

VUCA & CAOS skillsThese are the skills required for thinking and deciding in contested, volatile, uncertain, complex, or ambiguous contexts. To learn more about these skills see the LRJA and LDMA pages

Lectica First affordably delivers customized and objective front-line to senior-level assessments that measure workplace reasoning. It reduces recruitment costs while measuring what matters most, first.

Most organizations conduct some kind of pre-screening, such as resume scans, phone interviews, or screening questionnaires. These processes are time-consuming, expensive, and have little if any predictive power. Lectica First replaces these processes with the best predictors of recruitment success, to ensure that every candidate who moves to the next step in your recruitment process has the mental skills required for the specific role you're trying to fill.

With Lectica First you will find out if the workplace reasoning skills of prospective employees are adequate to fulfill the complexity demands of a given role.

The Lectica Suite is composed of three products that help organizations refine senior-level recruitment & promotion decisions—the Complexity Assessment, the Role Fit Assessment, and the Team Fit Assessment.

Selected funders

IES (US Department of Education)

The Spencer Foundation


Dr. Sharon Solloway

The Simpson Foundation

The Leopold Foundation

Donor list

Selected clients

Glastonbury School District, CT

The Ross School

Rainbow Community School

The Study School

Long Trail School

The US Naval Academy

The City of Edmonton, Alberta

The US Federal Government

Advisory Board

Antonio Battro, MD, Ph.D., One Laptop Per Child

Marc Schwartz, Ph.D. and former high school teacher, University of Texas at Arlington

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Ed.D., University of Southern California

Willis Overton, Ph.D., Temple University, Emeritus