How do we assess?

The VTS System

VEEDRE offers more than 80 psychometric tests through its flagship assessment system - the Vienna Test System (VTS). The VTS covers a full range of job-specific aptitudes including, not only the standard cognitive ability functions and personality predispositions, but more importantly perceptual skills and psychomotor abilities, which are often not assessed during employee recruitment.

The VTS is the international benchmark for the targeted assessment of specific abilities required for complex system operator and driver roles. Produced in Europe, the VTS is widely used in many industries including aviation, mining, rail and road transport.

To improve the reliability and accuracy when measuring abilities, especially psychomotor abilities, the VTS has customized input devices and response panels for computer-based testing. These devices have been ergonomically designed to replicate operator and driver performance conditions, and therefore increase candidates’ motivation and acceptance to undertake and successfully complete the assessment.

Test System Features:

State-of-the-art software, test programs, hardware, response panels and entry media.

Flexible assessment processes can accommodate individual and group-based testing.

Adaptive testing design that allows for single or multiple jobs to be assessed simultaneously.

Automated analysis of candidate test data configured for immediate results at the individual or group level.

Detailed reports identifying strengths, weaknesses, performance implications and developmental suggestions.


VTS is Not a Simulator

The VTS is not a vehicle or machinery simulator. Job simulators, situational awareness tests or driver work samples are often used to assess operators within the rail, mining and aviation industries. Different simulators exist for industry specific vehicles, which seek to create the in-cab conditions using customised driving instruments in a real-time operational environment. That is, each type of machine or vehicle, and indeed each variant or model of a machine, requires it’s own unique simulator. Under simulator assessment conditions the knowledge and skill of the operator, specific to the vehicle being simulated, are evaluated.

Whilst simulators do provide a general assessment of a driver, they do not provide a specific assessment of the individual abilities required to perform. A simulator can indicate that a person is poor at say reversing and filling a digger bucket, perhaps indicating skills deficits, but it cannot identify specific abilities or dispositions that might underpin or cause this deficit. For example, a simulator is unable to measure critical abilities such as problem solving, decision making and learning, perception, attention, vigilance, reaction speed, co-ordination, and resilience under pressure. Furthermore, simulators are costly to purchase and people using them must already know how to operate the machine.

For these reasons there is a move away from simulators in the rail, mining and aviation industries and a move towards comprehensive psychometric test batteries that assess the specific operator abilities and aptitudes. The VTS provides full range assessment of required aptitudes (e.g., cognitive abilities, personality, perception, co-ordination, reaction, and attention) using specific tests that target individual abilities, rather than driver work sample tests or simulators that mix many abilities into a global yet imprecise single measurement.