Nonverbal reasoning tests measure your ability to recognize patterns, analogies, and classifications in diagrams. They offer multiple choice questionnaires. You are not required specific language skills to solve the problems. They don't even test your knowledge in some particular field.
The nonverbal tests have been showing a high level of reliability and a good predictive validity. The psychologists consider them culturally unbiased intelligence tests. They are not only used in job screening process but also to recruit students for different academic pieces of training.
This section of tests deals with the problems based upon continuation of figures. The series of graphs offered will show some patterns making continuous change or movement. The psychologists frame questions in different styles. A problem may require you to select the next design. Or, you need to choose a figure which doesn't fit in the given pattern.
The pattern items consist of two series. One series of figures are numbered as A, B, C, D, and E and is called the problem set. The next round contains five other figures numbered as 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 and forms the answering set. You are required to identify a hidden pattern on the problem side and choose a figure from the answer side to continue the pattern.
The analogy questions in nonverbal reasoning tests ask you to find a relationship between a pair of related figures and then recognize a similar or parallel connection between a different set of figures. Keep in mind that analogy implies corresponding. You may encounter various types of analogy problems in the nonverbal reasoning tests, but two of them are the most important:
Choosing One Element of a Similarly Related Pair
This type of questions in nonverbal reasoning tests are consist of four figures marked as A, B, C and D. The figures A and B form a pair and C and D another pair with a question mark in the D. This set is called problem side. You shall find five more figures building a set marked with 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. It forms the answering side.
When you attempt such analogy items, you shall find the figures A and B related to each other with some particular relationship. The figure C shall be a different figure, and you would be required to see a figure for a question mark in figure D from the answering set while establishing a relationship similar to the relationship between A and B.
A simple look at the answering side shall find the right solution if you have a correctly established analogous relationship between A and B.
Choosing a Set of Similarly related Figures
In this type of question, you are offered a pair of two figures. You shall find a definite relationship between the two figures in the pair and it is called the problem set. Then you are offered 5 pairs of figures and each set is numbered as 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. This set is called the answer side.
While attempting this type of questions, you are required to find one pair out of five on the answering side that has a similar relation to each other as the pair on the question side indicates.
Classification means dividing concepts into different sets. A particular example of classification is your library where you classify books on literature, religion, psychology, math, etc. in various sections. When the concept of grouping enters in the arena of nonverbal reasoning tests, it forms fascinating questions to measure alertness of your mind.
While attempting questions from classification, you have to deal with problems of Odd-Man-Out type. You are given a set of five figures wherein four figures are alike in some manner, and only one figure is different from all others. You have to find relationships between various figures to find a correct answer.
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