Abstract reasoning is your ability to form intricate thought patterns to analyze data and solve problems. It demonstrates your ability to identify consistent trends and patterns, and then apply those patterns to solving a problem. Some of us are better than others, and future employers test our abstract reasoning skills through a test, sometimes called a conceptual reasoning test or diagrammatic test. These tests have numerous advantages for you and the employer, and luckily there are ways for you to prepare for the test and better your performance.
Overall abstract reasoning tests are a relatively impartial way of assessing your abilities and determining areas that you need more work on. They are just another tool to select the best person for the job, and they also –
Doing well at an abstract reasoning test can impress an employer and get you the job, but it also has other potential advantages for you -
You will be presented with a series of shapes or figures and will have to recognize the pattern and state what comes next in the sequence. There are four main types of reasoning tests –
1. Series – name the next symbol or character is in the series.
2. Reasoning – involve flow diagrams and ask you to understand how the pattern works, and apply the pattern to a new situation.
3. Thinking – you will be given a result and be asked to identify various stages needed to achieve the result, testing your ability to handle multiple pieces of information.
4. Diagramming – used as an indicator in the IT industry, you will be asked to identify an end result following a set of diagrammatic instructions.
Depending on what kind of job you’ve applied for, reasoning tests can vary in difficulty but will be appropriate to the skill level required for the available job opportunity. The difficulty of the test is indicated by three elements; how many rules are involved in the pattern (more rules make it more difficult), how complicated the rules are and how much time you have.
A medium level difficulty test will include between one and three rules and give you around 45 seconds per question. For an abstract reasoning test to be considered highly challenging, you will be given patterns with more than three rules and approximately 30 seconds per question.
Here are a few ideas which will help you to take the test with more confidence...
These are a few general tips for how to make the test go as smoothly as possible on the day –
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