Abstract Reasoning Test

Abstract reasoning tests are designed to assess a candidate's ability to use logic to solve abstract problems.


What is an abstract reasoning test and what does it measure?

An abstract reasoning test measures a candidate's ability to think laterally and with fluid intelligence. For example, when given a collection of shapes and patterns, the candidate must be able to find and interpret the relationships between them and predict what the next sequence might be.

The challenge of the test involves figuring out the 'underlying rule' in a given sequence, as these sequences might be slightly abstract and difficult to spot. Each pattern gets more complex as the candidate progresses through the test, but the time limit remains the same for each question, making it one of the more challenging tests.

The test measures the accuracy and speed at which your talent pool can identify and interpret the relationship of rules or sequences in each question. It is fairly challenging, particularly for those who have never attempted such a test before or have a lack of logical thinking, creativity and interpretation.

Abstract reasoning is a non-verbal test and is very similar to inductive, logical and diagrammatic reasoning tests; the names may even be used interchangeably.

About the Abstract Reasoning Test

The abstract reasoning test is used by many businesses to test candidates on spotting sequences and trends in abstract patterns and data. This is particularly useful for employers looking for talented individuals who might be able to spot trends within data that the average person cannot.

Not only does the test assess your potential hires on their ability to think logically and laterally, but it also requires creative thinking and coping with time pressure. This helps simulate what it might be like in a real-life work scenario.

This test is particularly useful for roles in the finance industry where abstract thinking might be needed.

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Why should you use an abstract reasoning test for recruiting?

It can be difficult to know from just reading a resume if your talent pool has the skills needed for abstract reasoning. A candidate might suggest they have good reasoning skills through their application form, but how can you really know for certain?

An abstract reasoning test solves this problem. Candidates who take the test are given a score that recruitment teams can use to create comparative data and rank top performers. This makes shortlisting quicker and easier, and reduces bias.

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Sample Abstract Reasoning Test question

Which of the boxes comes next in the sequence?

  • A

  • B

  • C

  • D

  • E

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Results for the Abstract Reasoning Test along with other assessments the candidate takes will be compiled to produce a candidate report.

The report is automatically generated and available both online and as a downloadable pdf so they can be shared with other team members and employees alike.

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The format of the Neuroworx abstract reasoning test

The abstract reasoning test (also known as a pre-employment test) is a timed assessment typically sent to candidates after their application.

Each question on the test is in a multiple-choice format, with three to four distractors and one correct answer. The test takes 10 minutes to complete, allowing for around one question per minute. It is therefore important that test-takers find a balance between speed and accuracy.


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We used Neuroworx as part of our Finance Graduate Scheme recruitment and it was just what we needed – really simple to send candidates the link to complete and clear to see how they all compared. And great value for money!

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Abstract Reasoning Test FAQs

Can I try the test for free?

Yes. All you need to do is click the 'view example' button to get a preview of a test. You'll be able to get a flavour of what candidates can expect.

Can I mix the abstract reasoning test with other tests?

Yes: using Neuroworx custom pre-employment tests, you can create different test packages based on the role you are hiring for.

What is the cost for Neuroworx's abstract reasoning test?

We operate a three-tiered monthly subscription fee, so you can pick the perfect plan for you. Find out more information here.

Which jobs is the abstract reasoning test relevant for?

Abstract reasoning is a particularly important skill for roles in certain industries, for example in finance. Research has shown that people who score highly on these tests go on to perform well in the job for which they are applying.

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