PQA - Measuing the personal qualities and abilities of aspiring health professionals

Mental Agility Test (MAT; D Munro, MR Bore & DA Powis) is designed to measure fluid intelligence. It is a high level reasoning ability skills test containing questions similar to those found in many IQ tests. It is designed to discriminate between those of higher than average ability in this dimension. The test asks a series of verbal, numerical and spatial problem-solving questions. Example Questions

Interpersonal Values Questionnaire (MR Bore) describes a number of situations where people have to decide what to do according to their opinions or values. Unlike the MAT, there are no right or wrong answers to the questions in this test. Rather, candidates are asked to choose the answer that most closely reflects their value system and what they believe is appropriate in each situation. Example Questions

Interpersonal Traits Questionnaire (D Munro) presents statements about people and lists the way individuals might think and behave in certain situations. Again, there are no right or wrong answers. Instead, candidates are asked to indicate how true or false each statement is about themselves. Example Questions

Personal Characteristics Inventory (MR Bore, D Munro & DA Powis) asks respondents to rate themselves on statements designed to establish how honest they are about themselves and how truthful they are about their thoughts, feelings and attitudes. Example Questions

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Assessment format, instructions and advice

PQA is available as a hard copy test, with questions printed in booklets, or in electronic form where candidates complete the test under supervised conditions at a computer terminal.

Full instructions are given with each test. The test does not start until all candidates are clear about what they are expected to do. Candidates' answers to the test questions are made either in an OMR scannable Response Booklet or directly to server if the test is taken using keyboard and screen.

Candidates do not require any specific preparation or knowledge to undertake PQA. The questions do not test academic knowledge and do not require any special understanding of science. Furthermore, training and practice in the test items is neither necessary nor advantageous.

Please note that sample questions other than those shown on this website are NOT available.

Please go to Additional Information for further details about PQA and health professional selection. Alternatively, see Our Team for details of how to contact the PQA team if you are interested in using the PQA in the selection of health professionals at your institution.

Test scores and interpretation

The results for the MAT are given as scores that express the number of correct answers. An indication of the standard of an individual's performance relative to norms calculated from samples of similar age and academic background is also given.

The results for the Interpersonal Values Questionnaire are provided as a moral orientation score with lower scores indicating the tendency to value the rights of individuals and higher scores indicating the tendency to value the laws and norms of society.

The results for the Interpersonal Traits Questionnaire and Personal Characteristics Inventory are separated into three traits, which provide an Involvement score (the higher the score the greater the empathy and confidence in dealing with others), a Resilience score (the higher the score the more able the person to work under pressure) and a Self-Control score (the higher the score the greater the degree of self-control).