Logical Reasoning Tests

Logical reasoning tests assess how well a candidate is able to analyse a variety of logical information and use this information to establish missing concepts within a pattern or sequence.

  • What are logical reasoning aptitude tests?

    Logical reasoning aptitude tests are designed to assess an individual's problem-solving skills.

    The tests are non-numerical and non-verbal and focus on completing sequences or puzzles. The limited information candidates are given means they need to use their own problem-solving skills to draw conclusions from what they can see in front of them.

    The questions will be multiple-choice, and candidates will be required to work through all of the problems on the test in a limited and challenging amount of time — a factor that increases pressure and can help you differentiate between good and excellent candidates.

    Candidates won't need any prior knowledge to complete a logical reasoning test, however practising past tests in advance is important as it helps people familiarise themselves with the question style and format, and the speed at which they need to work.

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  • What do logical reasoning tests measure?

    Logical reasoning tests measure people's ability to problem solve and draw sensible conclusions from limited amounts of information. They're a popular recruitment aid as this type of thinking is useful in businesses that need sharp, astute and practical employees.

    Most logical reasoning tests will ask candidates to complete unfinished sequences of shapes, patterns or images. They will need to assess the information they have in front of them in order to select the correct multiple-choice answer and show that they have strong problem-solving skills.

    Non-verbal and non-numerical, the test requires candidates to use a different part of their brain to answer complex questions and can help hiring managers and recruiters get a clearer sense of how each individual thinks, and how well they cope under pressure.

Sample Logical Reasoning Tests question

There is a common theme amongst the boxes. You must determine which box (from options A to F) goes in the missing box.

  • A

  • B

  • C

  • D

  • E

  • F

Which employers use logical reasoning tests and why?

Logical reasoning tests are one of the most commonly used assessments in recruitment processes spanning a wide variety of industries.

However, the logical reasoning aptitude test is most often used in industries that require a high degree of everyday problem-solving. This could include strategy development roles, engineering, architecture, finance, data science, programming and many other jobs that require candidates to prove they have logical thinking skills.

For many businesses, the logical thinking test offers additional insurance at the recruitment stage as it helps employers make decisions based on a candidate's merit, not just how they come across on their resume or in an interview.

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What are the benefits of using logical reasoning tests in your hiring process?

First and foremost, using any aptitude test early on in the recruitment process helps to streamline your time and finances by ensuring you're only meeting with people that stand a good chance of actually getting the role you're advertising.

Aptitude tests can also help remove intentional and unintentional bias. If you're making decisions based on results and data, you're giving everyone who applies the fairest possible chance of making it to the next round based purely on their skills.

The logical reasoning test is also a great opportunity for employers and recruiters to put candidates to the test and ensure that what they're saying in interviews and on their resume marries up with the skills they display in a timed, test environment. Although final decisions will always be based on more than just one test, it can be really helpful to have the results of an assessment to make final decisions clearer.

One benefit of logical reasoning tests is that candidates don't need any prior knowledge in order to take them (although we'd always recommend that they practise tests to prepare), this ensures fairness when comparing scores and making data-driven decisions when you're hiring.


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Logical Reasoning Tests FAQs

How difficult is a logical reasoning test?

The test is designed to be challenging in order to get the best out of candidates, but those who have properly practised and prepared beforehand should be able to move through the questions with relative ease.

Do candidates need to prepare for the logical reasoning test?

Yes. Those who are serious about the role they're applying for should certainly take practice logical reasoning tests beforehand to sharpen their skills and ensure they're able to work through the questions as quickly and accurately as possible.

Are these tests available in my plan?

We have a range of plans available. The difference between the plans is the number of test attempts permitted, not the type of tests. All our plans include our full test suite comprising all tests and all levels.

Can I see what the test is like?

Yes, of course. You can see a free example of the logical reasoning test here.

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