Abstract Reasoning Tests

Abstract reasoning tests are also known as diagrammatic or inductive reasoning tests.

  • What are abstract reasoning tests?

    Abstract reasoning tests are used by employers up and down the country to find candidates for hire who are great problem solvers. Every test is different, but you’ll generally be required to quickly look at a pattern or series of shapes, and work out what the common thread that connects each one is. In doing so, you showcase your ability to think logically, solve problems quickly and keep a cool head under considerable time pressure. The test is similar in nature to an IQ test, and that’s why so many employers in the public sector use it as part of the hiring process - to get more insight into people they may want to offer jobs to at a later date.

  • Why do employers use abstract reasoning tests?

    Employers use the test as it’s a really great indicator of people who are good problem solvers. Candidates generally only have a minute to answer each question, so those who succeed will show they are highly skilled at thinking logically under considerable time pressure. Whether you’re encountered a test like this before or not, we highly recommend practising abstract reasoning tests. The more you practice, the more familiar you become with the questions, and the quicker you get at answering them.

  • What is the abstract reasoning test format?

    You can expect to see multiple patterns or shapes, which questions asking you to deduce what the pattern or logic connecting them is. The tests tend to be multiple choice, so you’ll be able to select the answer you think is correct from three potential options. Allow yourself a minute to answer each question (this is roughly how long you’ll normally have) as you want to ensure you get through all of the questions.

  • What skills does abstract reasoning test?

    The abstract reasoning test is similar to the IQ test. The questions have been designed to be challenging as the purpose is to tease out how able you are to problem solve, to think logically and to keep calm under pressure. Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with the test, you can practice as many as you need to before the big day, and with Practice Aptitude Tests you’ll pick up plenty of helpful hints and tricks along the way.


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Abstract Reasoning Tests FAQs

How are abstract reasoning tests scored?

The test is usually scored normatively. Which means that your individual result will be compared to the results of a group of other people who have taken, and done well at, the test.

What are abstract reasoning tests used for?

Abstract reasoning tests are used by employers to gain further insight into your strengths and weaknesses. Employers in the public sector will be looking to hire people who possess excellent logical thinking skills, as well as an ability to think clearly and calmly under pressure - and that’s what the abstract reasoning test helps them discover.

What do abstract reasoning tests involve?

The abstract reasoning test involves a series of questions requiring you to find the logic that connects different patterns or shapes. You’ll have around one minute per question, so you need to ensure you can work through the questions as quickly as possible, without compromising on accuracy. At the end of the test, your result will be compared to a normative group.

What do abstract reasoning tests measure?

The test measures your ability to think logically, creatively and laterally. These are all skills you’ll need to be deemed suitable for a career in the public sector.

Where can I practice abstract reasoning tests?

We have a huge variety of abstract reasoning tests as well as many other different aptitude tests.

Which employers use abstract reasoning tests?

Aptitude tests are becoming increasingly popular in the hiring process. In the public sector in particular, abstract reasoning tests are used to help employers find natural problem solvers.


What our customers say about our Abstract Reasoning Tests

  • New Zealand

    August 04, 2022


    I really enjoyed taking this test. One question almost got me but I'm quite confident in my answer... Unless it is wrong haha. But it's great fun.

  • United States of America

    August 24, 2022

    I was online

    I am enjoying it. It's very great because they even offer solutions which helps with praticing when you are below the threshold.

  • Australia

    November 01, 2022

    Learning how you see and process patterns

    This test is very challenging and raises awareness of your ability to recognise patterns in a time-constrained environment

  • India

    January 03, 2023


    nice platform to practice such tests. .

  • United Kingdom

    January 03, 2023

    Take your time

    It was challenging and different. I haven't been able to do problem solving like this since I was in college

  • United Kingdom

    January 10, 2023


    It was quite challenging. I guessed a couple of the answers. But I can't wait to get a feedback to see if my assumptions were correct

  • United States of America

    January 10, 2023


    Challenging at first since I haven't really exercised my brain like this. But I can see the benefit of thinking through these puzzles. Definitely puts your critical thinking and logic to the test.

  • United Kingdom

    January 27, 2023


    it was interesting to do because I have not done one of these tests for a long time and it did challenge my brain.

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    January 27, 2023

    Pattern Identification

    Very easy to understand how the test works, including time management. Well structured and straightforward. Interesting exercises and increased level throughout the test.

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    January 27, 2023

    The presence of mind is needed.

    I liked the test. It had quite interesting and confusing questions which can come up in the actual test we are preparing for It was a real help. Amazing help