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 With the same structure as the non-interactive assessment, the CEB test looks and feels more outdated.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

  • Nigeria

    August 31, 2022


    What I liked the most about the test was that the questions didn't really have much in common -- each was unique

  • India

    August 31, 2022

    Interesting questions

    The questions were good but I think the way they represent their questions should be updated on mobile.

  • Taiwan

    August 29, 2022

    Easy but helpful

    Thanks for providing the free logic tests. It is helpful to wire my brain to identify patterns and rules before the real thing. The timer is also very helpful in simulating the duress of time.

  • Nigeria

    August 25, 2022


    Thanks for putting all this together, the questions were so logical, It restructured my thinking pattern and reasoning speed.

  • United Kingdom

    August 25, 2022

    Level of difficulty

    To improve the test, it would be good to add multiple difficulty levels for people at more advanced stages. However, I only have the free version so maybe the other tests are harder!

  • South Africa

    August 25, 2022

    Takes a lot of focus and attention to detail

    This really gave me a feel for logical reasoning as it was difficult. It's a great test for anyone practicing psychometric tests to increase their logical thinking.

  • Australia

    August 25, 2022

    Pretty good, but there should be more questions

    I liked the questions, they were perfect, Though I did think that you could have added more questions, like 5-10 more.

  • Spain

    August 19, 2022

    Fairly straightforward and a nice warm up for harder practice

    It gives users such as myself who have not touched logical reasoning in ages an excellent warm up for harder practice.

  • Argentina

    August 17, 2022


    I liked the test, I figured out I need to identify patterns but also aspects like the number of pieces, as patterns are not as clear as you'd like them to be.

  • Nigeria

    August 17, 2022


    The boxes look confusing at first but after taking a few questions, I found them to be fun and interesting.