Abstract Reasoning Tests

Abstract reasoning tests are also known as diagrammatic or inductive reasoning tests.

  • What are abstract reasoning tests?

    You may have also heard the abstract reasoning test referred to as inductive or diagrammatic reasoning before. Abstract reasoning tests put your logical thinking skills to the test. If you want a career in the Armed Forces, you’ll already be aware that the army are always looking for natural problem solvers and those who think clearly under pressure; the abstract reasoning test helps employers find these people. The test requires you to quickly work out how a series of shapes or patterns are connected, and use this logic to decide what the next shape or pattern in the sequence would be. If you had all the time in the world it may be easy, but with only one minute to answer each question, part of what you’re being tested on is your ability to act quickly.

  • Why do employers use abstract reasoning tests?

    Employers use abstract reasoning tests to help find candidates who will be able to cope with the day-to-day pressures of life in the public sector. The kind of questions you’ll answer require you to think logically, laterally and creatively under considerable time pressure. We always recommend practisting abstract reasoning tests before the big day as the question format may not be like anything you’ve ever encountered before.

  • What is the abstract reasoning test format?

    Every question you answer requires you to find the logic connecting different shapes or patterns, and apply that logic to finish the sequence. Although there are multiple choice answers, guessing isn’t an option if you want to prove to a potential employer that you have the skills needed to succeed. Typically you’ll have around one minute to answer each question, which means you have to find the delicate balance between speed and accuracy.

  • What skills does abstract reasoning test?

    The test is mainly focused on drawing out your problem solving skills. Being able to think logically will help you work out how a series of patterns or shapes are connected. It’s certainly a skill that takes practice. That’s why we always recommend you prepare by practising abstract reasoning tests, and as many as you can, before the one that really matters. The more you practice, the quicker and more accurate you’ll get, which will help build your confidence too.


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Abstract Reasoning Tests FAQs

How are abstract reasoning tests scored?

Abstract reasoning tests are scored normatively. This means that at the end of the test, your result will be compared to the results of a group of people who have done the test previously.

What are abstract reasoning tests used for?

Abstract reasoning tests are used by employers looking to hire the best candidate for a role in the armed forces. In order to differentiate between the people who have applied, an abstract reasoning test will reveal those candidates who have excellent problem solving skills and can keep calm under pressure - two very important skills in the army.

What do abstract reasoning tests involve?

You’ll answer a series of questions using logic. The questions normally involve different shapes or patterns and require you to deduce what it is that links those shapes or patterns, so you can finish the sequence. The test is timed so arriving at a conclusion quickly but accurately is important.

What do abstract reasoning tests measure?

You’ll need to showcase your problem solving skills in the abstract reasoning test. The test measures this, plus your ability to think creatively and keep calm under pressure.

Where can I practice abstract reasoning tests?

At Military Aptitude Tests we have a huge variety of abstract reasoning tests plus lots of tips and tricks you can pick up while you practice.

Which employers use abstract reasoning tests?

Lots of different employers use abstract reasoning tests to find excellent problem solvers. This is especially true in the Armed Forces, where quick thinking and an ability to think outside the box are really important skills.


What our customers say about our Abstract Reasoning Tests

  • Turkey

    November 16, 2021


    I don't particularly dislike anything but I like how it wasn't too confusing as I could quickly make out which answer was different.

  • Australia

    November 22, 2021

    Keep practicing

    It was wasn’t easy but if you keep doing the same test samples over and over even in the free version (try the practice untimed test first and read the solutions so you understand the concepts better) it will broaden your mind to new abstract concepts.

  • New Zealand

    December 06, 2021

    Once I know what to look for then I am able to draw the conclusion in selecting the correct answer

    I liked that the solution is explained. Then I am able to understand the principle behind the method.

  • United States of America

    December 20, 2021

    A little confusing

    This was the first time I've taken a test like this. A few questions were quite confusing, but others were more common sense.

  • Australia

    April 06, 2022

    Puzzles and Patterns

    I enjoyed the puzzles, the alphabet one was a little confusing, but I gave it a go with what made sense to me.

  • United Kingdom

    April 06, 2022

    Thinking outside the box

    I am happy that I eventually understood the question when I looked and studied the question for a while.

  • United States of America

    June 01, 2022

    Take your time!

    It's important to take as much time to analyze the sequences so that you have the most reasonably deduced answer choice.

  • United Kingdom

    June 01, 2022

    There should be a way to go back on questions you've skipped

    Extremely difficult first few questions which I skipped – but then didn't have a way to review them afterwards.

  • New Zealand

    June 14, 2022


    Very good. Hard at first, but once the patterns are down and following the patterns and colours you should be on your way.

  • Australia

    September 06, 2022

    Read Everything properly and consider everything.

    After seeing what i did wrong and seeing ways of doing it differently, it isn't as intimidating now.