Spatial Reasoning Tests

Spatial reasoning tests your ability to think about objects in both two and three dimensions, and draw conclusions to those objects from limited information.

Spatial Reasoning Tests

What are spatial reasoning tests?

Spatial reasoning is a way to test your ability to think about objects in both two and three dimensions, and draw conclusions to those objects from limited information.

These tests allow you to visualise two and three-dimensional images in your mind, and mentally manipulate these images into the shape that you want.

Popular spatial reasoning tests include:

  • 1) Spatial reasoning cubes

  • 2) Mirror images

  • 3) Perspective

  • 4) Organising two-dimensional shapes

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What skills do spatial reasoning test?

Spatial reasoning tests are typically given to candidates who are applying for technical roles such as engineering and architecture.

It will test a candidates spatial awareness and ability to spot patterns from different angles and changing perspectives.

It has long been believed that these are skills that can’t be taught, but studies have now shown that by practicing, you can improve your spatial awareness quite markedly.

Spatial reasoning example questions

Q) Select the correct unfolded net of the 3D shape from the suggested 2D shapes

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Answer: A If you were to assemble shape B, both flaps would overlap and if you were to assemble shape C you would be missing the base of the shape

Q) Select the correct 2D shape that represents the 3D shape viewed from above

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Answer: B Both answers A and C are views of the 3D shape from the side, not from above

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Spatial reasoning test tips

1One question = one minute rule

Make sure you understand how many questions you will have to answer and how long you have to complete the test. Usually, spatial reasoning tests consist of 10 to 15 questions and don’t last longer than 15 - 20 minutes.

2Practice in exam conditions

When you practice for your assessment, try to do so in the same conditions in which you will be sitting your real spatial reasoning test. Try a quiet surrounding with a minimal distraction at a table. This will not only keep you more focused but also make silence less daunting while sitting your real assessment.

3Remember to research

Try to find out as much as possible about the assessment’s format the employer is going to tests you with. Employers typically provide that information to candidates on their careers websites.

4Answer the question

It might be obvious but the fact that we mention it means it is not. At least not always. Although there is only one correct answer, the questions may try to trick you. Stay calm and focused and be careful with identifying the patterns. Some of them might look suspiciously similar.

5Be competitive

Try to measure your achievements against other users in order to make sure you stand out in a crowd. The average results might help you to pass to next stage, but might not be enough to bag you that job. Practice makes perfect, particularly with spatial reasoning tests which take some getting used to.

Diagrammatic reasoning video tutorials

Unfolded Shapes

1 min

Similar Shapes

1 min

Rotated Views

1 min

Mirror Images

2 mins

Input Type

2 mins

Sequencing

2 mins

Practice spatial reasoning tests

There’s a reason they say practice makes perfect. That phrase holds true when it comes to spatial reasoning tests. In fact, practice is perhaps even more important if you’re pretty new to these tests.

But don’t worry, we have all the tools you need to get started. Begin by trying some spatial reasoning questions, viewing the explanations and seeing your scores improve.

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