Personnel Assessment Form




15 minutes

Test User Qualifications:
Sample Report:
Sample Report

Who should use the PAF?

  • Managers and HR practitioners who want to select employees and leaders who are sharp thinkers and quick learners
  • HR professionals and organizations looking for a brief and accurate online pre-employment assessment for a wide variety of jobs
  • Organizations seeking to incorporate a strong predictor of job performance into their hiring process

What is the PAF?

The Personnel Assessment Form (PAF) is an efficient, accurate measure of cognitive ability designed to identify candidates who will learn quickly, make sound decisions, communicate effectively, and “think on their feet.” Literally thousands of studies provide evidence that cognitive ability is the single greatest predictor of success for most jobs. This compelling research supports cognitive ability as an essential screening tool for selection and placement in a wide variety of jobs. The PAF is a convenient and powerful assessment that is easy to administer and interpret.

Why Should I Use the PAF?

STRONG PREDICTOR OF JOB PERFORMANCE. Studies show that measures of general mental ability provide the greatest predictor of job performance. Individuals scoring high on the PAF tend to be rated by supervisors as having greater promotability. The verbal dimension of the PAF was found to predict higher ratings on written and verbal communications, in addition to higher ratings on managing and training employees.

CONVENIENT. The PAF can be administered in 15 minutes on SIGMA’s online platform – Reports are generated immediately. Results are presented in a profile with raw scores and percentiles, allowing for fast, accurate interpretation.

SUPERIOR DEVELOPMENT. The development of the PAF followed the extensive procedures used by Jackson (2003) to construct the Multidimensional Aptitude Battery-II (MAB-II), an aptitude assessment that was used to select NASA astronauts.

RELIABLE AND VALID. The PAF is a reliable and valid measure of cognitive ability. The PAF has shown good convergent validity with the MAB-II and another established measure of cognitive ability.

PAF Resources


The PAF is available for fax-in and online administration and scoring. An overview of startup costs for each administration method is provided below. A detailed pricing list can be accessed via the link at the bottom of the page.

PAF Startup Costs
US PricingCanadian Pricing
Online Scoring
Includes: Technical Manual, 2 PAF test administrations, account set up, and technical support
$ 52$ 60
Fax-in Scoring
Includes: Technical Manual, 1 PAF Reusable Test Booklet, and 10 PAF fax-in answer sheets
$ 302.50$ 349.50

PAF Per Test Cost

US PricingCanadian Pricing
Online Scoring$ 26$ 30

Click here for a complete listing of all our PAF products and pricing.

Ready to administer the PAF?

Purchasing the PAF can happen quickly and easily. The first step is to complete an application form to get approved for an online account. Once approved, you will receive an email with your log in information. At that point, you can log in, purchase tests, and begin testing.

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