Inductive Reasoning Test
What do Inductive Reasoning Tests assess?
Inductive Reasoning Tests are designed to measure the ability to analyse information, detect patterns and relationships, and solve problems. Candidates are presented with information in the form of shapes and patterns, arranged in an incomplete grid.
The test is particularly useful in jobs that require:
- - Logical reasoning, where employees need to work out new concepts and ideas
- - Problem-solving, where employees need to deal with complex data, or perform non-routine tasks where initiative is required
- - Strategic or broad thinking, where employees need to connect disparate information to build understanding
Overview of the Inductive Reasoning Test
Our inductive reasoning test consists of a total of 36 questions to answer in 30 minutes. Candidates are presented with images in a 9-box matrix, followed by 6 individual images. In each case, 1 image from the 9-box matrix is missing. The missing image is represented by a red question mark. The task is to identify the missing image from the 6 individual images presented to you. In each case, only 1 image from the 6 is correct.
Example of an Inductive Reasoning Question
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How to do well in your Inductive Reasoning Test
To do well in an inductive reasoning test, it is good to implement the following tips:
1. Look at the complete rows first – The key to doing well in these inductive reasoning tests is to find the pattern, and the best way to begin is looking at the two rows in the matrix that are already complete. Often, this will already tell you what you need to identify the pattern and select the right shape. If this proves insufficient to find the pattern, compare the rows with each other.
2. Think of the pattern as interacting rules – It is best to be methodical when identifying and understanding the pattern. Try to separate it out into multiple, distinct rules, which then must each be acted upon in the transition from one shape to the next in the row.
3. Do not be afraid to skip a question – This test is timed, so you may find that spending too long on a question you find tricky will significantly lower your eventual score. Feel free to skip ahead to questions you find easier and return to the challenging question at the end.