on the market measure what a candidate knows (ability tests such
as math skills or typing skills) or how a candidate sees themselves
(personality tests). The NCB™, which measures executive
cognitive functioning, looks at what a candidate does with the
knowledge they have, rather than what that knowledge consists
The NCB measures the functioning of a part of the
brain (the prefrontal cortex) involved in planning and organizational
skills. Psychologists refer to this set of abilities as “executive
cognitive functions”, which include such skills as decision-making,
problem-solving and planning for the future. Thus, people with
better executive cognitive functions are better able to solve
problems, learn from mistakes, be flexible and adaptable, and
organize and plan.
If any of these skills is important for the
new position, then the 60-minute NCB™ test is a valuable
The 4 step NCB™ process
The NCB™ software is emailed to you and you install it on
a computer with an internet connection.
The potential candidate completes the NCB™ (this takes less
than an hour).
The results of the test are automatically transmitted, via the
internet connection, to PsySelection.
Our psychologists analyze the candidate’s performance and
a report is generated and sent to you, outlining the relative
strengths and weaknesses of this candidate as compared to the
performance of a comparison (or norm) group.
• One comparison (or norm) group can consist
of a selection of your best employees who are already working
in the position or similar position you are trying to fill.
These best employees are administered the NCB™ test. The
average of your best employees’ scores is then calculated,
and this provides a personalized comparison (or norm) group
to which the job candidates are compared.
• Another comparison (or norm) group consists
of the average of the scores of all the job candidates applying
to the position you are trying to fill.
us for more information.