Asked Questions (FAQs)
What does COBRA stand
The acronym stands for
Console Operator Basic
It is a four-hour computer based employee selection test that
can be used with candidates having no prior experience in
the petroleum, chemical, utility, mining, or pipeline industry.
What does the test measure?
COBRA was developed
to assess the most important cognitive abilities needed by
individuals who work a console position. For example:
~ Selective attention
- the ability to concentrate in the face of distractions
~ Problem sensitivity
- the ability to determine at the earliest stage when something
~ Time-sharing - the
ability to multi-task
~ Reasoning - the
ability to think through how an action will trigger subsequent
~ Resistance to premature judgment
- the ability to not "over-operate" the console
~ Speed of closure
- the ability to make sense out of large amounts of process
~ Response orientation
- the ability to quickly choose between two or more actions
Has the test been validated?
COBRA has been empirically
validated in five separate studies. In each case we found
a statistically significant correlation between COBRA scores
and job performance. In other words, the test is defensible.
What is the turnaround time
for the company to receive test results?
Test administrators have access
to an Administration Utility and can receive results immediately
following the test session.
How quickly can I start using
The COBRA software kit
is shipped as soon as the license agreement is signed. We
offer a one-day administrator training workshop along with
a comprehensive instruction manual and technical support.
You will be ready to test one or one hundred applicants immediately.
What results can I expect to achieve
by using COBRA?
Our COBRA clients notice a decrease in attrition, faster training
time, and safer operation with fewer incidents.
What are the costs involved?
We offer a variety of
pricing options to suit your budget. The most popular is the
unlimited site license which includes a one-time license fee
plus a modest annual maintenance fee. We also offer per-user
pricing. Multi-site and enterprise-wide licenses receive volume
Who administers the COBRA test?
As you begin to think
about implementing COBRA you will naturally consider who will
administer the COBRA test. We offer free training with the
purchase of your license so you can administer the test yourself.
What if I want to conduct the
testing at an off-site location?
We work with a number of third parties (i.e., staffing companies,
community colleges, and IT colleges) who you can contact to
rent testing rooms with PC’s or, in some cases, you
can even hire them to administer the test for you and give
you the results. Once you have entered into an agreement with
the third party, we will work with them directly to install
the COBRA software and provide all the training and support
they need to ensure your testing sessions go smoothly.
Has the test been reviewed
We have completed a comprehensive analysis. We are happy to
share the results of this analysis with your Human Resources
and Legal departments and participate in discussions to help
answer their specific questions.
What kind of computer
do I need to run COBRA?
The program is run from individual computers and is not structured
for web-based access. The COBRA software runs on the most
basic PC. At a minimum we recommend the following:
700 MHz or faster
384 MB minimum
~ Hard Drive:
650 MB minimum free space
~ Graphics Card:
1024 x 768 resolution
15” minimum (17” recommended)
Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10
384 MB minimum
~ Digital Audio
Card: MS Windows compatible
1/8” jack stereo headphones with 6 ft. cord and volume
~ Pointing Device:
Mouse or trackball
~ Output Device:
USB flash drive
How do I get COBRA support?
We have a COBRA support hotline and email that are available
24/7 to handle all of your support needs.