Lectica First

Unlimited front-line to mid-level recruitment

assessments—on demand

Lectica First is here!

After several years in production, we're celebrating the rollout out of the very first edition of Lectica First.

Ultimately, we'll be releasing Lectica First as a subscription, but before we ask you to commit we'd like to get you hooked.

Our brilliant plan is to work closely with you to develop a customized experiment that will demonstrate what Lectica First can do for your recruitment system. Then, we'll let you talk us into a subscription.

About Lectica First

Lectica First is the pronounceable name of Lectica's Field-Indexed Reasoning Skills Tests and the service that delivers them. Lectica First provides customized and objective front-line to upper-mid-level recruitment screening assessments that measure the best predictor of workplace performance—workplace reasoning. Each Lectica First assessment is customized to fit an organization's field of work, the level of the role to be filled, and the primary tasks of the role.

Lectica First is designed to replace your resume scanner (or its equivalent).

Forget resume scanners. Resume scanning is the kind of thing we do when we can't afford anything better.

Lectica First is a rational way to make the first cut in a recruitment process because it measures mental skill—the very best predictor of hire success.

Why mental skills?

There is no doubt about it, research repeatedly shows that the greatest predictor of recruitment success is mental ability. This is true even though the tests traditionally used to measure mental ability were multiple-choice tests with items that had little to do with the knowledge and skills required in the workplace.

predictive power

Lectica First assessments measure more than conventional multiple-choice aptitude tests. They are direct measures of the complexity level of the mental skills applicants apply in response to real-world workplace scenarios. But we don't stop there. We also examine the fit between complexity level scores and the complexity demands of a given role. Lectica First measures role fit.

Lectica First results

The sample spreadsheet below shows results for a few of over 2000 applicants for a front-facing retail role. Selection is simple. All we're looking for are:

  • high confidence Lectical Scores, and
  • Fit Scores between 80 & 100.

In the sheet below, the role's ideal Lectical Score range is from 1065 to 1075. This means that individuals scoring in this range are likely to find the role just challenging enough to stimulate engagement, satisfaction, and flow. Rows for the most promising candidates are highlighted in teal.

Obviously, role-fit is not everything you need to know to make a good hiring decision, but it is the first thing you want to know.


Lectica First…

  • can be readily customized to fit an organization's sector, the level of the role to be filled, and the primary tasks of that role,
  • is scored with CLAS (the Computerized Lectical Assessment System),
  • delivers Lectical and Role Fit scores within 24 hours, and
  • provides results in simple downloadable spreadsheet.

Using Lectica First is easy…

  1. We conduct a one-time General Role Complexity Analysis for your organization.
  2. You provide information about the role being filled.
  3. We determine a precise complexity range for that role.
  4. You publicize the vacancy.
  5. Once the application period ends, you deliver a spreadsheet with some basic information about applicants. (We do not collect identifying information.)
  6. We set up the assessment assignment.
  7. We send you the information applicants need to complete the assessment.
  8. You deliver this information to the applicants.
  9. Applicants take a customized Lectical Assessment.
  10. Within 24 hours of the application deadline, we deliver easily interpreted results.


  • Prior to beginning work, we must conduct a General Role Complexity Analysis.
  • Lectica First is appropriate for frontline to upper-mid-level roles in non-academic fields.
  • We need detailed role information in order to conduct a Precise Role Complexity Analysis for each role. Once an analysis has been completed for a given role, there is no need to conduct that analysis again.
  • Candidates should have good or very good English skills.


  • Human review of scores (recommended for candidates selected for final consideration).
  • Detailed information about the development of specific targeted skills (recommended for candidates selected for final consideration).
  • Full assessment report and learning suggestions (recommended for hires)
  • Assessment debrief (recommended for hires)

Additional readings

If you would like to know more about our approach to recruitment assessment, here are some articles you may find interesting.

A note on cheating

Lectica First assessments are taken online in secure sessions. Cheating is difficult for a number of reasons:

  • Assessment questions call for written judgments and explanations.
  • Test takers have no way of knowing what kind of performance would be appropriate for a given role.
  • Test takers cannot learn in advance which test form they will be presented with. And
  • Attempts to cheat most often result in irregularities that cause CLAS to deliver a particular kind of "low confidence" score.

If you have concerns about cheating, we recommend that you consider re-testing final candidates under observation.

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