Spatial Ability Tests

Spatial ability is required in production, technical and design jobs where plans and drawings are used, for example; engineering, architecture, surveying and design. It is also important in some branches of science where the ability to envisage the interactions of 3 dimensional components is essential.

These tests bear a superficial resemblance to abstract reasoning tests, as both types of question contain series of pictorial figures rather than words or numbers. However, spatial ability does not involve analysis and reasoning, it is purely a test of mental manipulation. Remember, you are not looking for the logical relationship between figures - what you are trying to do is form mental images and visualize movement or change between them.

Example Spatial Ability Test Questions

1) Which figure is identical to the first?

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2) Which figure is identical to the first?

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3) Which figure is identical to the first?

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4) Which group of shapes can be assembled to make the shape shown?

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5) Which pattern can be folded to make the cube shown?

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Spatial ability questions often involve the visual assembly and the disassembly of objects that have been rotated, which are viewed from different angles or objects that have different markings on their surfaces. Generally speaking, if the questions involve the manipulation of 2 dimensional objects then they are probably fairly straightforward, but you will be challenged to answer them all in the time you are given. If the questions involve the manipulation of 3 dimensional objects then many people find them extremely difficult. This is one skill which can be significantly improved with practice.

These sample question papers each contain 45 questions and have a suggested time limit of 20 minutes each. The questions are presented in Letter/A4 format for easy printing and self-marking.

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