Inductive reasoning test guide

Similar to abstract reasoning and diagrammatic aptitude tests, inductive reasoning aptitude tests measure your ability to work flexibly with unfamiliar information and solve problems. Each test question displays a series of shapes/objects. Your task is to identify the underlying logical rules of each series and use this information to select the missing shape from a number of options. Candidates who perform well on the inductive reasoning aptitude test tend to demonstrate a better capability for analytical and conceptual thinking.

Inductive reasoning aptitude test example question

In an inductive reasoning test question, you are given a group or series of shapes that are related based on one or more logical rules. For example:

In the above example, there are three shapes that make a sequential series (i.e. one shape changes or evolves to the next one). The rule in this series is that the black dots move clockwise along the perimeter one place at a time.

What to expect in your inductive reasoning aptitude test:

  • Inductive reasoning aptitude tests are timed. You should allow around 30 seconds for each test question. To master your inductive reasoning aptitude test, you must be familiar with all the ins and outs of your inductive aptitude test.
  • Typically, the easier test questions are at the beginning, but the level of difficulty increases as you progress.
  • Each question has a group of images and between four and five optional answers. Your task is to identify the logical rules and patterns that define the series of shapes, and then decide which is the correct answer (e.g. the missing shape in the series, the odd one out, or the next shape in the series).

How to prepare you for your inductive reasoning aptitude test

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