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

  • Zambia

    April 17, 2023

    Tricky questions but good!

    I liked the fact that it required attention to detail in figuring out the correct sequence.

  • Ghana

    May 02, 2023


    The test helped me learn how I could determine pattern sequences and focus on time-management while able to solve problems.

  • Kenya

    June 05, 2023

    Observation of patterns is key

    To understand a behavior pattern or sequence it is key to ensure that one conducts a series of observation. Being keen to detail is paramount. Additional being calm, collected and observant. I have learned that to make informed decisions a series of observational data can be used

  • South Africa

    November 03, 2023


    I like that You don't only have to look for one shape and how it alternate but overall of all shapes involved, and patterns. This helps one to think strategically and helps one to have a strong analytical skill.

  • Kenya

    November 03, 2023


    The shift in patterns makes it a challenge to know what the next pattern will be. However, when you follow them well, they become interesting

  • United States of America

    November 03, 2023

    Good explanations

    Explanations helped me evaluate patterns/progressions I was not considering when trying to solve originally.

  • Kenya

    November 03, 2023

    Easier without a timer

    I did the practice before and read through the explanation. some took a second attempt for me to understand properly how it works. but the time made me draw blanks even on those that i had figured out. i need to practice more with the timer

  • United Kingdom

    November 03, 2023

    Finding the patterns

    I liked the consistency in the questions, being able to see how many questions there were left to go, and the time left as well.

  • Serbia

    November 03, 2023

    Abstract reasoning test

    I liked the challenge for my creativity and intelligence, to understand the order in something firstly seeming as chaos. This is an IQ test as I understand it, hope I did it well!

  • Ghana

    November 03, 2023

    Was great

    I like the fact that u have to think through a lot to figure out the answers and help u to think deeper and takes full control of your mind. I don’t think there is something I disliked .