Employers choose to use psychometric testing during their recruitment process to help give a better overall evaluation of candidate’s and their suitability for the job that they’re applying for. Psychometric testing could help to gauge the future performance of candidate's and also improve employee retention by making successful hiring decisions.

The most common way for employers to use aptitude tests such as logical reasoning, is online. Traditionally, aptitude tests have taken the form of pen and paper but due to benefits such as saving valuable time and money, online testing is used more and more frequently. Undertaking aptitude tests is usually the follow-up action after an employer has accepted your CV or initial job application form. 

If you pass the online test in some cases you are invited to an assessment centre, which is usually done by larger employers. The term assessment centre is used due to the fact that employers conduct these extended assessment in a single centre, either an office of the employers themselves or at a third party venue. The assessment centre is often (but not always) a day that constitutes the final stage of the application process. At the assessment centre they will ask you to sit a repeat test at the assessment centre to verify your earlier test scores, therefore don’t get your friends or family to help you out during the online test! 

Preparing for an assessment centre or online aptitude test can be stressful due to the fact that you don’t know what to expect. The best way to familiarize yourself is with practice aptitude tests that mimic the tests used by employers and recruiters. Assessment-Training.com has prepared thousands of candidates for their assessments and aptitude tests by offering realistic test simulations with fully worked solutions. 

By practicing logical reasoning tests you can improve your performance during the real test by familiarizing yourself with the format and time-pressure.

Important characteristics of logical reasoning are:

  • Logical reasoning tests are usually multiple-choice (only one option is correct in each case).
  • Logical reasoning tests are administered under exam conditions and strictly timed. The given time per test differs per test publisher; some tests give relatively generous time limits, while others are shorter.
  • Test takers are usually permitted to use a rough sheet of paper.

The next patterns are often used in logical reasoning tests. You are to determine which pattern applies and select the right answer.

  • Several types of figures can be used, even in one grid. Examples of figures are circles, squares, arrows, stars and triangles. The number of figures used can be of importance in trying to figure out the pattern that is used in a specific grid.
  • Every figure can rotate. This can be clockwise or counter-clockwise.
  • Every figure can move places in the grid. This can be a specific number of steps of a back-and-forth movement.
  • The figures can change in size, shape or both.
  • The filling of the figures can change. The total number of figures that have a specific filling can be of importance, but also the specific spot and the specific number of fillings.
  • Note the connection between the different types of fillings and/or figures across different rows and/or columns.

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