The CPP is an advanced computerised assessment technique, designed to measure thinking processes and styles and to link these to everyday cognitive functioning. Using simulation exercises, subjects are monitored on their ability to explore, link, structure, transform, remember, learn and clarify information. The results are linked to job-related performance.

The idea behind the CPP is to move beyond the concept of general intelligence as popularised by the IQ paradigm. The CPP therefore measures a number of information processing constructs in an integrated fashion:

  • Cognitive styles (i.e. a person’s general approach to problem solving - particularly in new and unfamiliar situations)
  • Cognitive processes / competencies (i.e. the performance processes used to manage task material)
  • Metacognition or self-awareness of thinking processes
  • Learning potential (the capacity of a person to benefit from instruction)
  • Work-related processing aspects (e.g. indicating the levels of work reflecting the Stratified Systems Theory of Jaques or the Viable Systems Model of Beer)
  • Timing / pace control (where “speed” is a separate construct to “power”)


  • Identification of potential
  • Succession planning
  • Career guidance
  • Personal and team development
  • Selection and placement
  • Organisational development and capacity building
  • Anchoring competency assessments
  • Intellectual Capital Management

Advantages of using the CPP

  • Evaluates, through unique methodology, dynamic thinking processes as opposed to right-wrong answers
  • A sound theoretical foundation
  • Demonstrates construct validity (both convergent and discriminant validity)
  • Applicable cross-culturally (cross-cultural bias and fairness issues are addressed)
  • Indicates current functioning as well as learning potential
  • Provides clear diagnostic indications for people placement and development purposes
  • Is automated and web-enabled
  • Accommodates for a variety of individual stylistic preferences
  • Enhances cognitive functioning by integrating results with developmental guidelines
  • Enhances motivation as subject projects his/her own level of cognitive complexity
  • Allows detailed and interactive measurement of thinking processes
  • Reflects work related cognitive functioning