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“Ain’t Nothing But a ‘G’ Thing!”

“Ain’t Nothing But a ‘G’ Thing!”


Mar 28, 2017 | by Nick Martin & Kate LaPort

The times, they are a-changin’! Dylan’s lyrics continue to resonate and not just on the social-political scene. Even within the world of assessment, change is afoot! Cognitive ability measures (g) have long been the cream of the crop from a performance prediction perspective extending this rein from the early days of formalized testing to today. Meta-analytic research has essentially established this as a fact1. However, where g-tests excel in their prediction of performance, they have historically faced many challenges which have made their use contentious at times.

Traditional cognitive ability tests face many challenges to their use:

Impact of contextual factors, such as job complexity2
Shifting demand for unproctored testing3
Adverse impact on minority groups4
Exponential rise in the use and power of mobile technologies
Societal demands for more flexible and engaging assessments

Taken together, a need for a new breed of cognitive ability assessments has arisen. This unlocks opportunities for creativity and innovations in how we conceptualize cognitive ability measures, how we administer them, and how applicants engage them. Join us as we host a thought-provoking symposium at the 32nd Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology to explore alternative methods of assessing cognitive ability. Symposia topics and presenters span the gamut, injecting both academic and practitioner insight and providing what will surely be an engaging discussion of diverse perspectives around the future of cognitive ability testing.

The topics of these presentations include:

Presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion with one of our field’s leading thinkers in the area of cognitive assessment. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to “play” a cognitive ability game on your smartphone, or what your social media postings and “likes” tell us about your cognitive ability, or how innovative assessment stimuli such as symbols or audiovisual can increase test fairness while still maintaining cognitive ability’s performance prediction throne, then this symposium is for you!

Come join the fun while we pay our respects to the historical achievements of cognitive ability testing with an eye towards the future! This is a symposium you won’t want to miss!




1. Schmidt & Hunter, 2004

2. Hunter & Hunter, 1984

3. Tippins et al., 2006

4. Sackett, Schmitt, Ellingson, & Kabin, 2001


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