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MAT: Memory & Attention Test

The MAT is a popular measure in technical, procedural or information intensive recruitment scenarios.

Discover how short-term memory influences accuracy of working.

The Memory & Attention Test (MAT) simulates one of the most important aspects of the workplace: the need to quickly memorise and retain information in order to apply rules or procedures in a timely and accurate manner. It is a multi-faceted test that generates a rich profile of performance as individuals respond to increasingly complex instructions and screens of information. The facets measured are:

  • Speed of working
    The time taken to complete the test.

  • Memory
    The number of times the test-taker needs to check the relevant instructions.

  • Accuracy
    The number of questions (screens) completed correctly.

  • Baseline response
    A control for fluency with the computer mouse and speed of responding.