Mastering Logical Reasoning Tests: A Comprehensive Guide & Tips

Logical reasoning tests are arguably the toughest form of aptitude test. Use this guide to learn expert tips and try a few logical reasoning practice test.

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What Is a Logical Reasoning Test?

This test is a form of psychometric testing that is widely used by corporate employers to help assess candidates during their recruitment process.

‘Psychometric’ is just a fancy way of saying ‘measuring mental ability‘ and logical reasoning tests are designed to measure your non-verbal skills. We’ll cover this in more detail later.

Sounds a little intimidating? Don’t worry, we’re going to tell you how to prepare. We’ve assessed candidates using this technique (and we’ve also faced logical reasoning tests as a candidates), so we’re well aware of the feelings of apprehension you probably have…! Let’s continue.


Logical Reasoning Test: What’s Included?

Logical reasoning tests mostly feature non-verbal content, requiring candidates to interpret and manipulate shapes, numbers and patterns.

Sometimes reasoning tests are given a more specific name to reflect a more targeted skillset. Such as: ‘inductive reasoning‘, ‘diagrammatic reasoning‘ and ‘abstract reasoning‘. The terminology differs between the various tests, but the overall principle is the same.

As with most areas of psychometric testing there’s plenty of overlap in the areas of assessment, but the ultimate goal is the same: to get a well-rounded view of candidates’ mental capacity.

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Logical Reasoning Test: Example Questions

Here’s two example questions from a typical logical reasoning test:



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Logical Reasoning Test – Simple Steps to Success

Ok let’s get into the detail. How do we pass a logical reasoning test?

Logical Reasoning Test – Video Guide

This video guide from Ben Williams will show you what to expect in more detail. Go and grab a cup of tea, a pen and some notepaper and settle down to watch the video – be sure to make some notes, you will be grateful you did!

Logical Reasoning Practice Tests

Nothing will enhance your chances of success during your logical reasoning test more than familiarity with the content, structure and timing of the test. Practise makes perfect.

We always recommend these logical reasoning practice tests because they are supplier-specific and contain very clear explanations.

(Most of the time, the hardest part of the reasoning tests is simply figuring out what variables are even in play. The tests above do a great job of making this clear.)


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Remember: Logical Reasoning Tests Are Not All Created Equally!

The key to preparing for your logical reasoning test is to practise tests from the correct supplier.

Find out who created the tests you will take by asking the employer or agency. Is it SHL, Kenexa, Saville or Talent Q?

This matters, so don’t feel pushy or demanding for requesting this information, it’s a very reasonable question to pose.

Check Your Prospective Employer’s Site for Guidance

People often go straight to careers sites for advice, but there’s some great tips to be found on employers’ websites too (like this from the PwC website), so make sure you check your prospective employer’s site for any extra guidance and insight.


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We hope you enjoyed this free guide and wish you the best of luck in your logical reasoning test.

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