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SHL logical reasoning tests

SHL Style Logical Reasoning Tests

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SHL logical reasoning tests

SHL’s logical reasoning test is a popular test used by employers and recruiters around the world. In SHL logical reasoning assessment, candidates can demonstrate to employers that they can think critically and strategically, using unfamiliar information to solve problems.

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Types of questions on an SHL logical reasoning test

As there are two different types of SHL logical reasoning tests, knowing which one you are taking will help you to prepare effectively. Below are some details about the types of questions on each.

SHL Deductive Reasoning

There are two versions of the SHL Deductive Reasoning assessment - an interactive version and a non-interactive version. Known as the Verify G+ Deductive Reasoning test, the interactive test has 12 questions to be answered in 18 minutes, and you will be required to click, drag, and drop to answer them.

In the non-interactive assessment, the questions are presented with multiple choice answers and you will need to answer 18 questions in 20 minutes.

There is a CEB version of this assessment, but it is not widely used. With the same structure as the non-interactive assessment, the CEB test looks and feels more outdated.

There are three types of written questions in the deductive reasoning test:

  • Identify the Assumption - the candidate is presented with a paragraph, and using the specific details that are provided, needs to identify the assumption that underlies the argument.
  • Identify the Conclusion - Following a paragraph, the candidate needs to identify which statement must (or cannot) be true.
  • Use Information to Answer - From the provided data in a paragraph or table, answer the provided questions.

SHL Inductive Reasoning

The inductive reasoning test is again available as an interactive or non-interactive assessment. In both, the questions are presented as a series of images, figures, or shapes that are in some kind of sequence. Each sequence has a missing item.

To answer the question, the candidate must find the pattern or rule that governs the sequence and then apply it to choose the right answer from the multiple choice options provided.

In the interactive version, you will need to answer 15 questions in 18 minutes.

In the non-interactive version, 18 questions need to be answered in 24 minutes.

Sample SHL Style Logical Reasoning Tests question Test your knowledge!

During a company compliance training, it was stated that every employee who handles client data must pass a privacy course. If Sarah handles client data, what must be true according to the company training guidelines?

  • Sarah must pass the privacy course.
  • Sarah must handle client data only after the privacy course is completed.
  • Handling client data is optional for Sarah after passing the privacy course.
  • The privacy course is not mandatory for employees like Sarah.

If it is true that all Arcadia employees have passed the Logical Reasoning test and John is an Arcadia employee, which of the following must also be true?

  • John has passed the Logical Reasoning test.
  • John has taken the Logical Reasoning test but did not necessarily pass.
  • John is preparing to take the Logical Reasoning test.
  • John does not need to take the Logical Reasoning test.

If the first two statements are true: 'All managers wear ties. Kevin is wearing a tie.' Which of the following statements must also be true?

  • Kevin is a manager.
  • Kevin may or may not be a manager.
  • Only managers can wear ties.
  • Wearing a tie is not required for managers.

Consider the statement 'No members of the coding team are non-drinkers of coffee.' Which of the following conclusions can be drawn?

  • All members of the coding team drink coffee.
  • Some members of the coding team drink tea instead.
  • No one drinks coffee outside of the coding team.
  • Being a non-drinker of coffee excludes you from joining the coding team.

A project can only be approved if it has both a completed budget and a finalised design. Project X has a completed budget but not a finalised design. Which of the following is true?

  • Project X can be approved.
  • Project X cannot be approved.
  • Project X might be approved if the budget is revised.
  • Project X is awaiting design finalisation before approval.

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SHL Style Logical Reasoning Tests Tips


There is nothing better than practice to improve your logical reasoning skills. Practice will help you understand what types of questions you will face, and how quickly you will need to answer to make sure that you get through the test quickly.

During your practice, working under exam conditions will make it more relevant.

Use your results to find out where any weak spots might be, and use this to work out what you need to revise to get a better score.

2Learn from your mistakes

Logical reasoning is not always the easiest skill to manage, and learning from your mistakes is essential when you are working on getting better.

The best thing you can do is make mistakes in your practice so that you avoid making those mistakes in the real thing.

3Manage your time

Time management is really important in the SHL logical reasoning tests. You do not have much time to answer the questions, so taking too long in choosing one answer might mean you don‘t have enough time to answer an easier question later in the assessment,

Practising with a timer and ensuring that you work hard on getting all the questions answered in the given time is essential to success.

4Don‘t make assumptions

All the information you need to answer the questions is provided - making assumptions can damage your chances of success.

If you are not completely sure of an answer, one of the worst things that you can do is make an assumption - use the information that is there, and reread it if necessary.

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SHL Style Logical Reasoning Tests FAQs

Can I cheat on an SHL logical reasoning test?

Like other aptitude tests that are taken remotely, you can cheat on the SHL logical reasoning tests, by getting someone else to take the assessment for example. However, cheating like this is not recommended, not only because the test is designed to ensure that you are suitable for the role, but also because if you get found out you could risk your future career.

Are SHL logical reasoning tests difficult?

SHL logical reasoning tests are not difficult if you take the time to practice - the difficulty of the tests comes from the structure and way of answering rather than the content. For most people, the most challenging part of the assessment is the short time limit - there is not much time to think about each question.

How long do SHL logical reasoning test results take?

SHL logical reasoning tests do not take long - tests take between 18 minutes and 24 minutes, depending on the one that you are facing. To be successful, you will need to be able to answer the questions quickly and efficiently.

How can I improve my logical reasoning?

Logical reasoning is an aptitude, but with practice, you can improve your skills. Practising logical thinking using things like word searches or crosswords and sudoku puzzles is an excellent way to improve these skills, and ‘brain training‘ apps and games are also good - and fun too.

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What our customers say about our Logical Reasoning tests

  • June 11, 2024

    i think the uniqueness of the shapes define the intelligence in the test.

    at first it seemed quite complicated then i think the common sense says that natural intelligence can crack the test.

  • India

    January 17, 2024

    It was a good test. Great variety of questions.

    Some questions were too easy ,while some questions took a little longer to be solved. Overall the test was good. Considerations can be made to make the test a little more tough and challenging

  • United States of America

    December 24, 2023

    Great service overall

    Good question variety - the content of the test and the style differ slightly from the actual Korn Ferry test for which I am preparing.

  • South Africa

    October 23, 2023

    Fun & challenging!

    I enjoyed the variety that this test offered. I would have preferred instant, question-by-question feedback over feedback at the end.

  • Philippines

    October 14, 2023

    The varying patterns of the figures in each box, and what could be the next chain in that pattern.

    I like how the test contained fun and interesting questions that needed logical thinking. However, it is not as complex as one test I answered, so the website should give an option of difficulty in tests.

  • Ghana

    September 26, 2023


    I have difficulty identifying the sequence. Honestly, I am not very familiar with the test. Thank you.

  • Sweden

    September 15, 2023


    I found some of the patterns challenging at first but I do love to solve these little puzzles and recognize the patterns within

  • United States of America

    September 10, 2023

    Take one peice at a time

    each task was a test to see if you could follow the pattern, some were difficult but it was a nice brain teaser.

  • Germany

    September 02, 2023

    Quick access to test, without any unnecessary sale propositions

    I should not have to create an account to just take a sample test. I am happy to make an account once I take 1 or 2 tests and see whether I want to create an account

  • United Kingdom

    August 29, 2023

    Good prep for recruitment test

    I liked that I could skip a question and come back to it if I found it difficult under the time limit