The Science Behind Our Assessments

scientific validation

JobFlare’s assessments have been gamified for a fun and enjoyable user experience, but the science behind the assessments remains. Each of our game-based assessments has been extensively validated to provide employers with predictive, objective, and actionable cognitive aptitude data to make more informed hiring decisions that drive organizations forward.

Basis of JobFlare’s Game-Based Assessments

JobFlare was born out of Criteria Corp, the leading provider of pre-employment assessments and creator of the Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test (CCAT). The CCAT has been administered over 6 million times and serves as the basis for JobFlare assessments. The CCAT measures a candidate’s cognitive aptitude, including their ability to solve problems, digest and apply information, learn new skills, and think critically. Cognitive aptitude is an especially important measurement for employers because it has been scientifically proven to be the top predictor of job performance through 200+ local validity studies conducted by Criteria over a period of ten years.

Scientific Validation

JobFlare assessments have been scientifically validated meticulously to ensure the reliability, construct validity, content validity, and predictive validity of each assessment. Our brain games were designed and validated by a team of the world’s top cognitive neuroscientists and psychometricians, led by Dr. Brad Schneider and Dr. Eric Loken. JobFlare and Criteria assessments are all validated both during development and on an ongoing basis through client implementations.

Criteria Scientific Advisory Board

JobFlare’s game-based assessments were developed by the Criteria scientific advisory board. The advisory board is made up of the world’s leading experts in statistics, cognitive psychology, psychometrics, and applied testing. Both Criteria’s and JobFlare’s assessments have been rigorously validated to ensure reliability, measurability, and predictability of each assessment.

Eric LokenDr. Eric Loken – Chief Research Scientist, Criteria

Ph.D. (Developmental Psychology) – Harvard University

Dr. Loken co-founded Criteria with Josh Millet and is an expert in the field of testing and educational measurement. Eric has published papers on techniques for Bayesian statistics in multiple top statistical journals, including American Statistician, Multivariate Behavioral Research, Structural Equation Modeling, and Statistica Sinica. In addition to his role with Criteria, Dr. Loken is also an Educational Psychology professor at the University of Connecticut, where he teaches graduate-level courses in measurement and statistics.

Dr. Brad Schneider – VP of Assessment Science, Criteria

Ph.D./MS (Industrial and Organizational Psychology) – Florida International University

As VP of Assessment Science at Criteria, Brad leads Product Development, R&D, and Consulting initiatives to provide clients with solutions that drive meaningful and measurable results. Brad has over twenty-five years of assessment experience, including leadership and consulting positions with top consulting firms, Fortune 100 organizations, and government agencies. In addition to leading Criteria’s assessment initiatives across 400+ clients across nearly all industries, Brad has designed innovative assessment offerings leveraged by over 200 organizations worldwide and translated into 8 languages.

Dr. Stephen Kosslyn – Chair, Harvard University Psychology Department

Ph.D. (Psychology) – Stanford University

Dr. Stephen M. Kosslyn is the current President and CEO of Foundry College. Previously, Dr. Kosslyn served as the Founding Dean and Chief Academic Officer of the Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute. He was Director of CASBS at Stanford University and chair of the Department of Psychology, Dean of Social Science, and Lindsley Professor at Harvard University. Kosslyn has authored or co-authored fourteen books and 300+ scientific papers. Dr. Kosslyn has been honored with the NAS Initiatives in Research Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, three honorary Doctorates, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Kosslyn was one of the first investors in Criteria and created some of the company’s earliest cognitive ability assessments.

Dr. Josh Millet – Founder and CEO, Criteria and JobFlare

Ph.D. (History) – Harvard University

Josh Millet is the Founder and CEO of Criteria. Josh started Criteria in 2006 with a vision to create a SaaS-based pre-employment testing service that would make the highest quality employee assessment tools accessible to companies of all sizes. Prior to launching the company, Josh co-founded Number2.com, an online test preparation company that was later acquired by Xap Corp in 2002. Following the acquisition, Millet served as the President of Xap’s test prep division. He has also co-authored testing articles published in the American Psychological Society Observer and the Journal of Educational Computing. Josh earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar and a Mellon Fellow.

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