Free Talent-Q Elements Logical Test & Expert Prep Guide: 2022

Content Table:

  1. What is Talent Q Logical
  2. What Makes the Test Unique
  3. Free Test
  4. Expert Solving Method
  5. Sample Questions
  6. Top Tips
  7. FAQs


What is Talent Q Logical Test?

The Talent Q Elements Logical Reasoning Test (one of the tests administered by Korn Ferry) assesses logical and analytical skills, by testing your ability to recognize abstract patterns quickly and accurately.

You will have 15 minutes to complete 12 questions (75 seconds per question).

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What Makes the Talent Q Logical Test Unique?

There are three main points that makes the test unique - here is an explanation on all three.

1) Time-limit per question:

Most assessment tests have a time limit for the entire test, which can help you better manage your time.

For example, on most tests you can answer easy questions first and then use the remaining time to answer more difficult questions.

Yet in this case, each one of the Talent Q Elements Logical test questions is individually timed, with the same time limit of 75 seconds per question (regardless of the level of difficulty).

This means that you can’t simply skip the hard questions and then return to them later in your remaining time.

2) Numerous answer choices:

Unlike most multiple-choice tests in which there are usually 4 to 5 answer choices, Talent Q tests are known for their large number of answer options. This makes it difficult to figure out the correct answer purely through a process of elimination.

The test usually has about 7-14 answer choices for each question. This of course makes guessing a whole lot harder.

3) Questions are adaptive:

Adaptive means that your answer to a given question determines the difficulty level of the next question.

For example, if you answer a question correctly then the next question will be harder, BUT if you answer incorrectly then the next question will be easier.

If you'd like to Solve Talent-Q's questions with greater speed & accuracy try this:

The 5-Step Solving Method for The Talent-Q Elements Logical Test

1) Examine the Matrix:

1) Examine the Matrix: To locate the underlying pattern, you’ll need to first scan the matrix and ask yourself questions to find details you might have missed.

  • What symbols appear in each cell?
  • How many symbols appear in each sell?
  • What is the relationship between symbols inside each cell?
  • What is the order of the symbols inside each cell?
2) Formulate the logic behind the matrix:

After coming up with guiding questions, try to understand the logic found in the rows, columns, or both.

The easiest would be a “pop-up” pattern in which the matrix has one noticeable feature (e.g. symmetry, a growing number of symbols etc.) that leads straight to a certain answer.

In a case like this you wouldn’t even need to conceptualize the logic behind the matrix.


3) Keep the “better logic rule” in mind:

 If you find more than one possible option, then just go with the choice that seems true for both the rows and the columns.

The bigger the portion of the matrix to which a certain rule applies, the “better” its logic.

4) Reduce the number of answer choices using elimination:

Eliminate blatantly wrong answers from the answer choices by using your chosen method of logic to find the right answer. If you remain with more than one final option, make an educated guess.

5) Double-check your answer:

If you aren’t 100% sure about your answer, go back to the matrix and rethink the logic behind the question to see if you come up with a better answer.


In action it would look something like this:

Talent Q Elements Logical Test Tips

Get a taste of the real thing with this sample questions - taken from the complete PrepPack™

Talent Q Logical Reasoning Sample Questions

Let’s start with something easy.

Examine this matrix, and see if you can see the logic:

Example 1

Talent Q Elements Logical Test Solutions
Answer & Explanation

✔️ The correct answer is (E)

Let's go through solving this question using our 5-step method.


Examine the matrix:
The cells in each row have a different number of symbols: 3, 2 and 1 (if you noticed immediately – good for you).


Formulate the logic:
This is a strong clue that the pattern is related to this.

You can already deduce that the answer must have one single symbol, as the row with the empty cell already has cells with 3 and 2 symbols in them.

Another indication towards this direction is that the column with the empty cell only has cells with 1 symbol.

Reduce choice options using elimination:
According to this we can eliminate answers (C) and (F).

So we know that the last cell has just 1 symbol, but that’s not enough for a definitive answer. We need to look deeper for additional logical rules.

We need to go back to step 1.

Examine the matrix:

Look at each row and try to find the relationship between the cells.


Formulate the logic:
In each row, the symbols in the left cell are a combination of the symbols from the other cells so that: 

The left cell consists of all (and only) the symbols from the other cells in the row.

The symbols from the middle cell switch places and the symbol from the right cell is added to their right in order to create the left cell.

According to this, the missing cell should contain the symbol which, when added to the middle cell, creates the left cell.

The answer is thus alternative (E).


Example 2

Now let’s move on to something a bit more complicated. Look at this next matrix:

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Answer & Explanation

✔️ The correct answer is (B)


Examine the matrix:
Does anything pop up?

Note that the first 2 columns each have a diagonal line of the same symbol: a number 1 in the first, and a heart in the second.

This is a clue. Do you see the sequence?


Formulate the logic:
Starting from the top left cell we can see that the symbols create a constant sequence which “moves” 1 step to the right every time we jump to the next cell below.

Applying this logic to the missing cell, you now know that the middle and right symbols should be ‘○’ and ‘♫’, accordingly, and the left symbol should be ‘♥’.

Thus, the correct answer is (B).


Tip: There is a shortcut that make answering this question much faster.

Note that all cells in the matrix contain 3 of the same four symbols, so it would make sense for the empty cell to do the same.


Reduce choice options using elimination:

There is only 1 answer choice that fits this logic: alternative (B).


Example 3

Time for a challenging one. Are you ready?

Talent Q Elements Logical Test Example
Answer & Explanation

This is considered to be an extremely difficult question, so don’t worry if no solution came to mind.

✔️ The correct answer is alternative (B)


Examine the matrix:

This question is what’s called a “matrix within a matrix”.

As such, it requires that you shift your focus from the relations between cells as wholes to the relations between the symbols comprising the different cells. 


Formulate the logic:

Each column/row can be divided to 3: left arrows, middle arrows and right arrows.

Each of these triplets contains 1 vertical arrow, 1 diagonal arrow and 1 horizontal arrow.

For instance, if we look at the middle column, and then focus on its left arrows, we can see that the top arrow is vertical, the middle one is horizontal, and the bottom one is diagonal.


Reduce choice options using elimination:

According to this logic, the left arrow in the missing cell must be vertical, the middle arrow must be horizontal, and the right arrow must be diagonal.

The only alternative that fulfills this requirement is (B).


Note: What makes this question so difficult is the load of irrelevant information.

For example, it may seem that the exact orientation of the arrows (i.e. left/right, up/down etc.) has a meaning, or that the arrows follow a certain logic based on their clockwise rotation.

However, these are only distractions and no such logic actually exists.

Tip 1: When all the symbols in the question are of the same kind, try to divide them into categories.

For example, in this question, make a distinction between vertical arrows, horizontal arrows, and diagonal arrows.

Tip 2: If this does not bring any patterns to the surface, go deeper.

Look at the position of the arrows in each column, that is, at the first arrow in each cell of the column, then at the second arrow in each cell, etc.

How did you do? It is important to know that even if you have a couple of days until the exam- you still have enough time to fully prepare and ace the test. Here is a detailed plan to do exactly that.

How to Significantly Improve Your Score Within 2-3 days

There's a way you can use the short time you have left before your Talent-Q test to prepare efficiently and effectively using our prep materials for fast results.

Just stick to the 3 day plan we've provided countless other job-seekers before you with great results:

Day 1:

I) Start by taking  one ‘Elements Logical’ test: Use this stage to diagnose your strengths and week points. 

II) Go over the study guides and video tutorials, which offer tips and solving strategies explaining all aspects of the test.

It would be helpful if you went back to the guides during your preparation to refresh your memory and make sure you are using all the tools they provide. 

III) Take the "Extra Practice" test: Do it timed or not timed, however you feel more comfortable. Then go over your answers and review them using our expert explanations. 

Take care to note and learn from your mistakes and pay attention to different logical rules so you can recognise them the next time they appear. 

Day 2:

I) Simulate your actual test: Get a good night's rest, allocate time and take the full Talent Q "Elements Logical Test #2" which simulates the real exam’s question types and time limit.

Turn off your phone, remove any distractions and try to mimic real test conditions.

II) Review your test and try to fully understand the logical rules you missed.

III) Take your final test simulation: After a few hours' rest take the "Element Logical Test #3".

Then review your performance like as did in item II.

Day 3:

If you have enough time, you may get better results if you take your final simulation (item III above) the day after your second simulation.

This way more of what you learned on Day 2 will sink in overnight (you'll be amazed what sleep can do for memory and skill development!).


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Top 6 Talent Q Elements Logical Test Tips

1) Use your time wisely

Although this test doesn’t give you much time to answer each question, doing so quickly will not add any more time for the next question either.

Therefore, use every one of your 75 seconds to answer as best you can.

2) Pay attention to all the answer choices

If you think you "kind-of" recognize a pattern, but it seems there is more than one possible answer, take a careful look at the answer choices.

It’s possible that only one suitable option appears, in which case you won’t have to refine the logic.

3) Arrow questions

In questions that include arrows, start by examining the direction they are pointing towards, and the number of arrows found in a row, column, or cell.

In easier questions, this alone might be enough to help you find the pattern.


4) Sequence questions

Some questions may include symbols that appear random, with no relation between the cells. In these cases, the pattern could be a consecutive sequence of symbols that continues throughout the cells.


5) Construct questions

In some questions, the symbols in one of the columns/rows are constructed from symbols in the other two columns/rows.

6) Order

The way they're ordered inside the cell might matter if there is more than one symbol in a cell. Be certain to consider this possibility before answering a question.

We compiled tailored practice materials with the specific goal in mind on giving you an accurate simulation of your real test.

This will provide you with the advantage of having previous experience and knowledge of this test and the unique challenge it represents.


Talent Q FAQs

1)  What is the passing score for the Talent Q Logical test?

Although there is no pass/fail score for this test, your score is compared to that of other candidates applying for the same job position.

Usually you have to score at or above the 80th percentile to continue in the application process.

2) Can this test be taken more than once?

The Talent Q Logical test is usually only given once during each job application process.

3) What is the duration of the Talent Q Logical test? 

The Talent Q Elements Logical test has a time limit of 75 seconds per question.

4) What does the Talent Q Elements Logical test consist of? 

This test presents a total of 12 questions which are shown as matrices.

A matrix is presented as a table with cells containing symbols that make up a pattern across the rows and columns of the matrix.

5) Can the skills measured by the Talent Q test be improved?  

Yes. With proper practise and resources, you can enhance your logical and analytical skills to locate the underlying pattern in each sequence of cells within the given period of time.

Korn Ferry, the company that administers the Talent-Q tests say as much on its website:

"Putting time into practising the kinds of questions featured in ability tests is the best way of maximising your performance and boosting your confidence."

6) What if I am not able to answer all the questions in the time given? 

You don’t need to worry about answering every single question. The goal is to get as many questions correct as possible, so skipping the harder questions to get more right can help you in the long run.

7)  Where will the Talent Q Logical test be held? 

You will be required to take the exam either on-site at the company’s location or online while sitting in a quiet area without distractions.

8)  Can I ask questions during the test?

On the test day you will most likely not get a chance to ask questions.

Upon receiving an invitation to complete the Talent Q Logical test, you should ask any questions you have before your test day.

9) Are there breaks during the test?

It is not common to have breaks during the test, so make sure to be entirely prepared before sitting down to start.