Ability tests are a typical part of the selection process, or for development within the workplace. Spatial reasoning tests are one of the most commonly used aptitude tests that come up during a job application. Spatial reasoning tests are non-verbal, standardized psychometric assessment tests that provide the employing organization with information about a candidate’s ability to mentally re-arrange, rotate and manipulate shapes or objects without physically touching them. These tests are often used in technical sectors (such as engineering) but also in the military.
Spatial reasoning is essential for solving everyday problems, such as using a map and compass, merging into high-speed traffic, and orienting yourself in your environment. Other examples of tasks that require visual-spatial ability are determining the size of a box and how many objects fit in it, and using mirror images.
Spatial ability is also essential in many fields of study, such as mathematics, natural sciences, architecture, astronomy, engineering and economic forecasting.