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Abstract Reasoning Tests
Abstract reasoning tests assess your ability to identify the relationships between a series of shapes, patterns or images. The test is a good indicator of strategic thinking, how quickly you pick up new concepts and how well you cope under pressure. As a result, it’s popular with a wide variety of employers.
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Free example abstract reasoning questions
Familiarising yourself with the type of questions you’ll find on the abstract reasoning test is an essential part of the preparation process — it will help you improve your speed, accuracy and confidence.
Below are three sample questions to give you an idea of how an abstract reasoning question works; have a go and see how you get on. Answers with workings are below the questions.
Question 1 Which of the boxes comes next in the sequence?
Question 2 Which shape follows in the sequence?
Question 2 Which box follows the sequence?
Question 1: Circle, maintains same position in top right segment for one turn, and then is not present for the following three turns. Triangle, maintains same position in bottom left segment for one turn, and then is not present for the following two turns. So the correct answer is B).
Question 2: Diagonal line changes direction from top left corner to bottom right corner, then from top right corner to bottom left corner with each turn. Square moves around corner of the frame in an anti-clockwise direction with each turn. Circle appears on diagonal line in every third frame with each turn. So the correct answer is A).
Question 3: ’U’ shape rotates by 90 degrees with each turn. Circle changes position in the ’U’ shape as it appears in each segment with each turn. Triangle appears in same position within the ‘U’ shape on each alternate turn. So the correct answer is D).
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How are abstract reasoning tests scored?
Your abstract reasoning test is scored and then compared with a normative group (those who have previously taken the test). This allows employers to rank candidates, set a minimum cut-off point and take the difficulty of the test set into consideration when making their decision.
What defines abstract reasoning skill?
Abstract reasoning tests assess a wide range of skills, which is why they are such a useful hiring tool. Your aptitude for logical reasoning, critical thinking, problem solving and time management are all being scrutinised, as is your ability to keep calm under pressure. All of these skills are vital in a number of different industries.
Why are abstract reasoning tests hard?
The test needs to be challenging to help employers differentiate between large numbers of candidates. If it were easy, it wouldn’t indicate which people taking the test had better-than-average skills and abilities.
What do abstract reasoning tests measure?
Abstract reasoning tests measure fluid intelligence, much like an IQ test. As well as this, they showcase your ability to see patterns, think outside the box and solve problems quickly.
Where can I practice abstract reasoning tests?
This website is a good place to start! We have numerous aptitude tests you can practice, including abstract reasoning, as well as lots of additional hints, tips and tricks to help you succeed.
Which employers use abstract reasoning tests?
Research roles, software development, engineering, and various management positions are the types of jobs for which an abstract reasoning test is normally set. This is because these roles tend to require you to think logically, solve problems and pick up new ideas quickly on a day-to-day basis.
Abstract Reasoning Tests Tips
1Do your research
First, check online which test types the company you’re applying for uses, the test publisher and anything else you think might give you the edge.
2Practice like it's the real deal
The value of practice when it comes to aptitude tests can never be underestimated, but it’s even more worthwhile if you practice in exam conditions. Find a quiet room, get everything you need together before you start, and time yourself for the duration of the test.
3Don't forget what you've learnt
Ensure your hard work pays off by taking it with you into the test. Keep a mental list of things you need to run through when you’re answering the questions: the different rules that you might be able to apply, or the strategies that might help you answer a problem quicker.
4Timing is critical
Work out how long, roughly, you have to answer each question. This will help ensure you don’t spend too long on a challenging problem at the expense of answering more questions. Remember that the problems often get harder as the test progresses.
5Vary your practice methods
As well as taking past tests, use puzzle apps and puzzle books to help you improve your abstract reasoning.
6Is the answer in front of you?
You can often find clues in the answers. Look for recurring patterns in the multiple-choice answers. This can help you to gauge what you should be looking out for.
It’s easy to rush into answering the questions, but calmly and carefully reading through what you need to do can ensure you don’t get caught out by any trickier problems.
8Confidence is key
Preparing will help you feel confident on the day and confidence is key when it comes to aptitude tests.
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Reviews of our Abstract Reasoning tests
What our customers say about our Abstract Reasoning tests
May 18, 2022
May 13, 2022
One question was a bit confusing because there was an unknown box third from the left in the sequence of five boxes (noted as ?). But the question asked for next box in the sequence, which I could interpret as what was the sixth box. Needed clarification.
May 10, 2022
Observation and patterns
It recalled me to the tests we had done in primary school. It's been a while since I have done one of them.
May 06, 2022
That my abstract thinking is good
It was good, but I think 1 or 2 questions should be more difficult. But, I think it was a good test.
Lindy Qilameta Tigulu
May 06, 2022
The rules and the sequence that is being used
All I will say is that it is a great test for the mind. It helps your mind to reason out the problem in a given time. And I kinda like it because it will help you in the long run, where you have to make a decision in a critical situation. So there I said it: I really liked the test.
United States of America
April 27, 2022
The patterns were easy to predict but they kept changing from question to question. Easier to harder. That helped build my confidence.
April 25, 2022
What I like about this test is that it has an answer key. What I do not like is that I have limited time to practice.
April 24, 2022
Two pairs of each kind
The test is tricky and the time assigned to the test makes it more tricky. Overall it is interesting.
April 21, 2022
Need training - but makes for fun!
Reminds me of earlier days. This is something that everybody should practice at least one or two times a year.
April 03, 2022
The test was fun: a little tricky, but I understood most of the questions. One or two questions were a bit tricky to understand, and that's why I think I got them wrong.