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Inductive Reasoning Tests

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Inductive reasoning tests are non-verbal reasoning assessments similar in nature to diagrammatic, abstract and logical reasoning tests. The most common types of inductive reasoning questions include matrices, horizontal shape sequences, A/B sets and odd-one-out sets.

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We offer a range of inductive reasoning questions that have been designed to assess your ability to think rationally. Our questions will help you practise how to spot patterns and form logical rules from the diagrams provided.

Below we have provided three practice questions. For more sample questions and answers, download our inductive reasoning test PDF. You might also find our article on how to answer inductive reasoning tests useful.

Q1) Which suggested image would come next in the following sequence?

Answer: D. The shapes are moving around the corners in an anti-clockwise direction. Therefore D is the only shape that is in the correct position.

Q2) There are ten marbles in a bag. One by one you remove them from the bag to see what colour each marble is. So far, you have removed 9, all of which have been green.

Answer: C. Inductions are inferences based on reasonable probability, so if 9 out of 10 marbles have been green it is reasonable to assume that the last one will be green also.

There is no way to tell this for certain and whilst it could be yellow, nothing in the premise has suggested it would be.

Sample Inductive Reasoning Tests question Test your knowledge!

Consider a pattern where a sales team consistently exceeds targets in a specific quarter each year. Given the historical data, if the sales team exceeded their target in Q3 last year, which quarter should management focus on to potentially capitalize on this trend?

  • Q1
  • Q2
  • Q3
  • Q4

If the sequence of numbers 2, 4, 8, 16 follows a logical pattern, what would be the next number in the sequence?

  • 24
  • 32
  • 18
  • 34

Imagine a scenario where a new policy is introduced in an organization, and employees show a pattern of behavior: Adaptation, Improved Efficiency, Autonomy, and finally Mastery. After observing this pattern with several policies, what might you predict will follow an employee's adaptation to a subsequent new policy?

  • Consistent Performance
  • Improved Efficiency
  • Immediate Mastery
  • Resistance to Change

A project timeline is usually planned in phases: Conception, Initiation, Execution, and Closure. If a project manager observes that in the last five projects, major setbacks occurred during the Execution phase, what should the project manager anticipate and plan for in the next project's Execution phase?

  • Smoothing team conflicts
  • Celebrating early successes
  • Potential for significant setbacks
  • Effortless completion of tasks

After the introduction of a new database system, the learning progression among employees was recorded as follows: Week 1 - Understanding Basic Functions, Week 2 - Efficient Data Entry, Week 3 - Executing Complex Queries, Week 4 - Training Others. What can you infer about the expected learning progression by Week 3 after implementing another system upgrade?

  • Still mastering basic functions
  • Running reports and analysis without assistance
  • Undertaking autonomous complex tasks
  • Executing complex queries

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Inductive Reasoning Tests Tips

1Watch your timing

Make sure you understand how many questions you will have to answer and how long you have to complete the test. Work out how much time you have per question before you start the test and stick to this limit. If you can, bring a stopwatch and use it to time each question. Don’t get stuck on a question that you’re struggling to solve – if it’s taking too long, move on.

2Practice in exam conditions

Try to make your practice sessions as close as possible to real exam conditions. Find a quiet space with minimal distractions and set a timer. This will not only keep you more focused but will also make the real thing less daunting.

3Learn to spot patterns

The more practice tests you try, the more examples of patterns you will come across and the better you will become at identifying them. This should give you a feel for the rules and patterns that may crop up in your test, but be aware of keeping an open mind to alternative solutions.

4Do your research

Try to find out as much as possible about the test you will be sitting, particularly who the test provider is and the format of the test. This information should be available on the employer’s careers website but if it isn’t, ask.

5Be competitive

Try to measure your achievements against other users to make sure you stand out in a crowd. Average results might help you to pass to the next stage, but may not be enough to bag you that job. The more you practise, the higher your score will be.

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Inductive Reasoning Tests FAQs

How are inductive reasoning tests scored?

Inductive reasoning tests require a person to establish logical relations and identify patterns in shapes and figures. The number of correct answers will form your score. Also, your score may be compared to the results of the others or results of the normative group.

What are inductive reasoning tests used for?

Inductive reasoning tests are used for evaluating logical thinking. In particular, this test type reveals how well and fast a test-taker can identify relations, patterns and similarities within groups of shapes. This test is supposed to evaluate your level of problem-solving skills and the ability to adapt to new situations.

What do inductive reasoning tests involve?

Inductive reasoning tests involve sets of figures and shapes that follow a certain logical rule of a pattern. Test-taker will need to estimate the pattern or identify these logical ties and use them to find the correct answer.

What do inductive reasoning tests measure?

Inductive reasoning tests measure a person’s ability to approach new situations and problems. These tests push subjects to make a decision based on the assumption of possible results with limited information.

Where can I practice inductive reasoning tests?

To achieve high results, it is crucial to understand how inductive reasoning tests work. The best path to that is consistent practice. You can find all the best inductive reasoning tests on our website alongside guides, tips, and trial test keys.

Which employers use inductive reasoning tests?

Inductive reasoning tests are one of the most widespread types of aptitude tests. They are meant to assess logical thinking in unknown situations which is crucial for almost every type of job. Hence, you might expect employers from both big enterprises and small businesses to use them for candidate selection.

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  • United States of America

    September 24, 2023


    I liked that it changed the styles of the problems, there was some word problems and some shapes, ect.

  • Portugal

    July 16, 2023

    Finding the sequence

    I liked the test, although I would like to see more exercises about the "trying to find the sequence."

  • United Arab Emirates

    February 15, 2023

    From internet

    Its quite interesting and challenging. The instructions are quite clear, and no ambiguity in the questions.

  • Nigeria

    January 17, 2023


    The questions were a bit tricky but I'm familiar with inductive reasoning questions, so it went well

  • Germany

    August 31, 2022

    great design of the user interface

    I liked that it was different forms of inductive reasoning questions, not just those concerning patterns.

  • United Arab Emirates

    August 17, 2022


    a very good test to test your brain power and did give a better understanding of how this type of reasoning exam is. I hope your team all the best for creating such a useful test.

  • Zambia

    June 13, 2022

    A bit vague but makes one think

    Interesting and a bit thought-provoking but was too easy compared with the Crossover version am trying to practice for

  • Czechia

    April 05, 2022

    The logical order of the subsequent figure.

    I liked this test because it was easy to follow and I understood all the images displayed by the test.

  • Viet Nam

    March 23, 2022

    Logical thinking

    I like it because it evaluates my interpretation skills with respect to patterns, number sequences, relationships, shapes.

  • United States of America

    March 22, 2022

    Look up definition of "deductive reasoning" prior to starting

    Understanding the definition of "deductive reasoning" is essential - it is part of the test and helps anchor you while you take it.