Memory and Attention Test (MAT)

Measure how short-term memory influences accuracy of working

This test requires you to read certain rules and apply them to successive panels that contain shapes of different colours in various positions.  The challenge is to remember the rules and to apply them quickly and accurately.  As you go through the panels the number of rules increases and they get increasingly complex. It produces an overall score summarising speed and accuracy together with 4 further scores giving further information about how information is being processed. The test is in two parts and it takes aprroximately 30 minutes which includes the time to read the instructions and complete the practice examples .

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This questionnaire is not available free of charge.

Purchase Your Package

Not sure? Please contact Team Focus to discuss how you might access or use it teamfocus@teamfocus.co.uk or call 01628 637338.

Test Details and Sample Reports

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.

Use to :

Measure memory and attention

Use for :

School-leavers to senior managers

Suitable for :


Duration :

Timed 17 minutes (plus untimed examples)

Number of items :

50

Reliability :

0.88-0.93, depending on the facet

Norms :

General population

Costs :

£8.00 + VAT (online administration, administrator & feedback reports)

Training required

Delivery online

Paper delivery


User Guide

User Guide

Sample Reports

Candidate Sample Report