Abstract reasoning tests are often diagrammatic in natureAbstract reasoning psychometric tests are designed to measure an individual’s ability to work flexibly with unfamiliar information and solve problems. 

Abstract reasoning ability can give an indication of how well an individual will think conceptually and analytically.

Some Abstract reasoning tests are also IQ tests and there is certainly some cross over between these two types of tests.

Supervised Abstract Reasoning Tests

DC3.1 – Abstract Reasoning

  • 20 mins, timed.
  • 40 test items.
  • Administration needs to be supervised.
  • Online version only.
  • This ability test measures reasoning using diagrams and requires recognition of logical rules and governing sequences. 
  • Ideal for assessing skills needed in occupations where logical or analytical reasoning is required.

EAS10 – Symbolic Reasoning Ability Test

  • 20 mins, timed.
  • 40 test items.
  • Administration needs to be supervised.
  • Online version only.
  • This ability test measures the ability to manipulate abstract symbols mentally and to make judgements and decisions that are logically valid.
  • Each ability test item contains a statement and a conclusion. The examinee indicates whether the conclusion is true, false, or impossible to determine.

SIT7 – Spatial Reasoning Ability Test

  • 20 mins, timed.
  • 40 test items.
  • Administration needs to be supervised.
  • Online version only.
  • This ability test measures the ability to visualise and manipulate shapes in three dimensions given a two-dimensional drawing.
  • This test is relevant for engineers, designers, drafts people and IT staff working with graphics or CAD/CAM software.

Raven Standard Progressive Matrices

  • Can be administered untimed or timed - 20 minutes in length.
  • Administration needs to be supervised.
  • 60 test items.
  • Paper based version of the test.
  • Been in use and researched for over 40 years.
  • Good measure of fluid intelligence and abstract reasoning ability.
  • Items are all diagrammatic problems, where non-verbal reasoning skills are only being assessed.
  • This test is particularly useful in assessing the ability to perceive, understand and grasp complex relationships in confusing situations.
  • Niche Consulting has developed a NZ business norm for this tests, in addition to the test publishers norms.

Unsupervised Abstract Reasoning Ability Tests

Global Ability Tests – Abstract Reasoning Ability Test

  • 20 minutes in length.
  • 20 test items.
  • Unsupervised administration online
  • This assessment measures the ability to acquire and assimilate new ideas with existing knowledge.
  • It provides an indication of the ability to identify patterns and trends, recognise underlying relationships among concepts, and solve problems.
  • Suitable for graduates to management level roles.

Verify Inductive Reasoning Test

  • SHL offer a suite of unsupervised assessments that are called Verify Ability Tests. 
  • The idea behind these tests is that they can be used as an initial screening tool, and later the candidate’s results would be “verified” through a supervised shorter versions of the test.
  • 25 minutes in length, verify test 7 minutes in length..
  • A rotating bank of test items is used.
  • Unsupervised administration online.
  • Suitable for managerial roles.

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