Lectica First rationalizes the recruitment process while developing the workforce.
It serves recruitment is as a pre-screening toolkit for front-line to senior-level roles by measuring the strongest predictors of workplace performance.
It serves the workforce by providing every job applicant with information, resources, and activities that will help them build critical workplace skills more efficiently and effectively.
There is no doubt about it, research repeatedly shows that the best predictor of recruitment success is mental ability. This is true even though the tests traditionally used to measure mental ability are archaic multiple-choice tests with items that have little to do with the knowledge and skills required in the workplace. The second best predictor, after mental ability is taken into account, is integrity. Together, mental ability and integrity have been shown to predict up to 60% of the variance in workplace performance.
As shown in the table below, Lectica First assessments measure more than conventional multiple-choice aptitude tests. They measure:
|Accuracy||Statistical reliabilities in the (. 95-. 97) range make Lectical Scores accurate enough for high-stakes decision-making. (Interpreting reliability statistics)||Varies greatly. The best aptitude tests have levels of reliability in the .95 range. Many recruitment tests have much lower levels.|
|Time investment||Lectical Assessments are not timed. They usually take from 45-90 minutes, depending on the individual test-taker.||Varies greatly. For acceptable accuracy, tests must have many items and may take hours to administer.|
|Objectivity||Scores are objective. (Scoring is blind to differences in sex, body weight, ethnicity, etc., and the Lectical Score is awarded by an electronic scoring system with human review.)||Scores on multiple-choice tests are objective. Scores on interview-based tests are subject to several sources of bias.|
|Role fit: complexity||Lectica employs sophisticated developmental tools and technologies to efficiently determine the relation between the complexity of role requirements and the level of mental skill required to meet those requirements.||Lectica's approach is not directly comparable to other available approaches.|
|Role fit: relevance||Lectical Assessments are readily customized to fit particular jobs, and are direct measures of what's most important-whether or not candidates' actual workplace reasoning skills are a good fit for a particular job.||Aptitude tests measure people's ability to select correct answers to abstract problems. It is hoped that these answers will predict how good a candidate's workplace reasoning skills are likely to be.|
|Predictive validity||In research so far: Predict advancement (uncorrected R = .53**, R2 = .28), National Leadership Study.||The aptitude (IQ) tests used in published research predict performance
(uncorrected R = .45 to .54, R2 = .20 to .29)
|Cheating||The written response format makes cheating virtually impossible when assessments are taken under observation, and very difficult when taken without observation.||Cheating is relatively easy and rates can be quite high.|
|Formative value||High. Lectica First assessments can be upgraded with reports, then used to support onboarding and inform employee development plans. All individuals who take a Lectical Assessment as part of a job application receive a report designed to support the development of their mental skills.||None. Aptitude is a fixed attribute, so there is no room for growth.|
|Continuous improvement||Our assessments are developed with a 21st century learning technology that allows us to continuously improve the predictive validity of Lectica First assessments.||Conventional aptitude tests are built with a 20th century technology that does not easily lend itself to continuous improvement.|
All individuals who apply for a role and produce scorable responses receive a free report packed with learning suggestions and resources. We believe that all applicants deserve an opportunity to develop the skills required to perform optimally in the workplace.
The use of any assessment in selection involves high stakes—for individuals and institutions. It is essential to ensure that the use of assessments in selection processes is valid and ethical. The Lectica First, Lectica Suite, and Lectica for Admissions processes are designed to ensure valid and fair use. In addition to a Lectical Assessment, they always involve: (1) a General Complexity Analysis, (2) a Precise Complexity Analysis, and (3) a Sweet-spot calculation. It is not accepetable to use Lectical Assessments in selection processes without these components, and only Lectica is authorized to offer these analyses.
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Lectica First assessments are taken online in secure sessions. Cheating is difficult for a number of reasons:
If you have concerns about cheating in a particular case, we recommend that you consider re-testing the candidate under observation.