Master Competence Analysis (MCA) is a cognitive test focusing on establishing logical and analytical skills, or in other words, logical reasoning. It explores verbal, mathematical and spatial skills.
MCA does not uncover what one has learned, but the potential to which extent someone can deal with new and complex situations. It is therefore not an ordinary IQ analysis, as it does not focus on memory or speed. The candidate is measured on how long it takes to finish a certain number of questions per category, how many were answered in total and how many of those were correct or incorrect. Some may take longer to solve spatial questions and be quicker in solving mathematical matters, yet still have a relative low or high score on logical reasoning. Total test time takes 1,5 hours and it becomes clear which areas were completed with relative ease and which areas were more complex. This result will than provide valid predictions on how and how quick a test candidate will handle new and complex situations.
MCA is extremely useful for scouting talent potential. In any company, the trick is to have employees working exactly at their capacity level or just a little above. Strong deviances on both sides of the scale can lead to an exodus of talent or unfinished tasks & lack of vision.
MCA can also be used for selecting only those with the appropriate cognitive level. The same applies for internal training & development programs. Is one more served with visual training facilities or does one learn more from practical courses? Will short “steam” courses be a better alternative than long term courses like for example an MBA?
MCA therefore does not analyse if a candidate knows how to read, write, calculate or use of spatial vision, but combines all these factors to assess whether someone can successfully execute the tasks or participate in the development program at hand.