Abstract Reasoning Tests

Abstract reasoning tests show a series of figures arranged in a pattern or sequence and you are required to identify the missing figure or the next in the sequence. Abstract reasoning tests are always multiple-choice and have a strict time limit. Because they don't rely on a knowledge of either English or math they are believed to be the best indicator of general intelligence and your ability to learn new things quickly.

Example Abstract Reasoning Test Questions

1) Which figure completes the series?

2) Which figure completes the statement?


3) Which figure is the odd one out?


4) Which figure completes the series?

5) Which figure belongs in neither group?

6) Which figure is next in the series?

7) Which figure completes the grid?



The answers to these questions are given at the bottom of the page.

Abstract reasoning tests are of particular value when the job involves dealing with abstract ideas or concepts. However, because they also provide the best measure of your general intellectual ability you will usually find some questions of this type whichever particular tests you are given.

These tests are used to select candidates for jobs which involve:

  • A degree of problem solving

  • Dealing with complex data

  • Developing strategies or policies

  • Performing tasks where initiative is required

Abstract Reasoning assesses your ability to understand complex concepts and assimilate new information outside of your previous experience. The questions consist of items which require you to recognize patterns and similarities between shapes and figures. As a measure of reasoning, it is independent of educational and cultural background and can be used to provide an indication of intellectual potential.

These types of question are very commonly used in graduate and managerial selection.

There are four sample question papers available to download, each contain 25 questions and has a suggested time limit of 20 minutes. The questions are presented in Letter/A4 format for easy printing and self-marking.

If you would like some practice at these types of questions then download Abstract Reasoning Test - Practice Test 1

You may also be interested in: An Introduction to Psychometric Tests, Personality Questionnaires and Aptitude Tests.

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