Abstract reasoning tests, or diagrammatic reasoning tests as they are sometimes called, are psychometric tests which use diagrams, symbols, signs or shapes instead of words and numbers. In other words, they are visual questions. And because they require good visual thinking skills rather than verbal or numerical skills, they are often considered to be a very good indicator of a person's general intellectual ability. For this reason they are given to applicants over a wide range of jobs.
All abstract reasoning tests are strictly timed, and every single question will have one, and only one correct answer.
Abstract Reasoning Tests - How To Improve Your Performance
- Try doing puzzles in newspapers, magazines and quiz books which involve diagrams.
- Play games which involve thinking out a problem visually and in a logical sequence, for example chess, Labyrinth, or computer Freecell.
- Abstract reasoning questions are often presented as sequences. Watch out for sequences which have separate components which work in different ways.