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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 With the same structure as the non-interactive assessment, the CEB test looks and feels more outdated.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.

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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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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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What our customers say about our Logical Reasoning tests

  • Malaysia

    January 28, 2023

    Good for practicing.

    The test shows a series of boxes and asks to pick the correct box from a set of 5 possible answers to continue with the sequence. It's good for practicing.

  • United Kingdom

    January 27, 2023

    Fast analytical processing

    I liked the test was timed and that it was timed overall and not for specific questions so you can be consistent with your timing in different level of question difficulty. It was exactly the same as the practice test making it unfairly easy.

  • India

    January 24, 2023

    IT wasn't that difficult and not too easy.

    I loved to attend the test. tomorrow is my logical reasoning and gk exam but because of this quiz, I know I am gonna score 100%. Thanks a lot for the quiz.

  • United States of America

    January 22, 2023

    eliminate wrong answers right away

    I liked how it got progressively harder. I wish there were more word problems, since that it what is seen on USA hire tests

  • Burundi

    January 20, 2023

    Logical meaning

    I liked the form of the practice and how the boxes were not in order so i can take time to concentrate on solving the problem.

  • United States of America

    January 16, 2023

    It was pretty good

    I'd say when doing the test that a good 6 -7 out of the 10 were fairly easy and the rest were a bit questionable.

  • Egypt

    January 11, 2023

    To think logically

    Type of questions is not hard however it needs a bit of logical thinking of how the sequence moves to know the answer.

  • United States of America

    January 11, 2023

    Great mind exercise

    hard to explain, but it definitely got the gears turning in my head. kinda fun. i'd consider doing these as a brain teaser to exercise your brain.

  • Netherlands

    January 09, 2023

    Good variety

    The variety in types of logical reasoning that you need to apply in this test makes it a good practice

  • United States of America

    December 19, 2022

    Not too hard

    It would be nice to be able to just click the image of the next box in the sequence to submit your answer.