Hire top talent with Word Association Reasoning Tests

What is a Word Association reasoning test?

The Word Association Reasoning test is one of the nine tests available in the FinxS Reasoning Assessment Suite and highly predictive of an applicant’s ability to percieve relationships between different sets of information.

Word Association tests correspond with a candidate’s current ability to generate creative and useful ideas and connect relevant concepts and create parallel links between them. Word Association typically correlates with jobs and skills such as journalism, marketing planning, politics, negotiating, brainstorming, resolving differences, paraphrasing, influencing buy-in and empathising.

We’ve been supporting business for over 21 years to enhance their recruitment processes. Use our advanced aptitude testing platform, FinxS to make more reliable hiring decisions, predict the performance and working style of candidates, and decrease employee turnover.

Organisations with successful hiring processes place emphasis on recruiting employees with the right ability and behavioural traits for a role. These organisations understand that robust psychometric tests help select top talent, increase employee retention and avoid high turnover.

When administered correctly, reasoning tests can significantly boost the probability of selecting the right candidate for a job.

Recruiters commonly use the Word Association test during the pre-employment process to predict the job performance of applicants and quickly narrow down the talent pool. The test typically correlates with job performance in professions such as journalism, marketing, politics and sales.

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Benefits of word association reasoning test

Assess Speed vs Accuracy

The speed-accuracy balance provides additional insight into a candidate’s working style and predicts how they approach and overcome challenges. Abstract Reasoning tests analyse the accuracy and speed in which a candidate can interpret the relationship between a collection of objects.

Online Assessments

Abstract tests are easy to administer and are completed online via our cloud-based platform. Simply send candidates a link and an access code to complete the test. You will receive an automated report straight to your inbox within minutes of the test completion.

36 Language Options

FinxS Reasoning Assessments are used globally and available in 36 different languages. Ensure your applicants understand the questions and complete the test to the best of their ability. The resulting report is also available in different languages that can be ordered for no extra cost.

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The Word Association test measures an individual’s ability to make parallel links between concepts and correlates with creative problem solving. Candidates with a strong word association have an excellent understanding of word meanings and how different words relate to each other.

Someone who demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of word associations might ask questions such as “If this is how these concepts relate to each other, what other concepts share the similar association?” or “How can I apply the learned association here, even though they are two different fields?”

A candidate who scores highly has the ability to:

  • Identify relationships between information received
  • Understand links between different concepts
  • Draw logical conclusions

These abilities are critical to performance in Journalism, Accounting and Politics. 

The Word Association section of the reasoning test consists of 16 questions. A word pair appears on screen with four other word pairs below it. Candidates need to select one of the four, word couples that have a similar relationship to the one in question.

Each test begins with a practice question so candidate’s are familiar with the test format and understand what to expect. Candidates that spend too long on a particular question or rush through all the questions may receive a lower score. We strongly recommend candidates take the time to double-check their answers, especially on the more complicated word pair associations.

Word associations are required by people who need to find vibrant and compelling ways of expressing an opinion or solution, such as a marketing specialist or journalist. Candidate’s who are not confident in their word association skills, can prepare by learning synonyms of words, taking practise tests and identifying relationships between different concepts. Remember, tests are designed so that only a few people can complete them within the time frame. Working quickly, but without sacrificing accuracy is essential to obtain a high score.

Candidates often struggle under the time pressure of the test. Once they become comfortable answering the questions, we recommend you simulate a practice situation where they time themselves. This will help candidates become comfortable while completing a set of questions under significant time constraints.

Predict job performance with Word Association Tests

Word association reasoning test questions

Candidates complete the word association test under timed conditions. They have 10 minutes to determine the relationship of up to 16 word pairs. The assessment provides candidates with a word pair and asks them to correctly identify another associated word pair. Candidates should expect to spend approximately 30 seconds per question. The questions become more difficult as the test progresses.

Word association reasoning test answers

The recruiter or manager receives a report automatically from the cloud-based platform within minutes of the candidate completing the questionnaire. The report contains an overall score, the number of all correct answers, the number of questions the candidate completed and the time spent answering. The breakdown of scores allows for valuable reporting on a candidate’s speed vs their quality of answers. This analysis gives a powerful indicator of how the person will perform. Recruiters can also compare the score to a benchmark population to examine the candidate’s ability to others within the organisation.

Next steps

Word Association reasoning tests are a precise and reliable way to assess the aptitude and predict the performance of job applicants. 

Interviews, resumes and reference checks are often ineffective predictors of job performance as recruiters judge candidates based on subjective, rather than job-related, competencies and skills. Reasoning tests help hiring managers to draw more objective conclusions about an applicants working style. A cognitive ability test will tell you whether a candidate will take their time to ensure accuracy or will work quickly to complete tasks under time pressure. 

When the results are used in a robust recruitment process, reasoning tests will ensure you hire the right candidate for the role.

Discover our Range of Aptitude Assessments

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Visual Memory
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Numerical Reasoning
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Verbal Reasoning
Evaluate a candidate's capacity to analyse complex information and accurately comprehend written content.
Mathematic Logical Reasoning
Measure a candidate's capacity to solve numerical problems.
Understanding Logical Processes
Evaluate how systematic a person's thinking process is.
Understanding Social Context
Measure a candidate's ability to read social situations.

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