Inductive Reasoning Test: Practice, Examples and Tips

Practice Inductive Reasoning Tests as they appear on employers' assessments. Gain immediate access to the largest database of inductive reasoning practice questions, with free examples and tailored packs.
Inductive Reasoning Practice

Inductive reasoning tests online practice package. Including explanations and score reports.

From £29

What is Inductive Reasoning?

Inductive reasoning tests are popular screening assessments used by employers as part of the assessment process. They provide valuable information on the way you think and react to new rules and situations. 

Important Facts on Inductive Reasoning Tests

  1. Assessment companies use many terms (abstract, inductive, diagrammatic) to describe similar test styles.
  2. Inductive reasoning in the narrow sense of job selection asks to identify a pattern or consistency among sets of objects and predict what is the next expected object in the sequence.
  3. The most popular forms of inductive reasoning tests are matrices, horizontal shape sequences, A/B sets and odd-one-out sets.

Inductive Reasoning Examples

Here is an example of an inductive reasoning sequence, often found in pre-employment selection tests. Please look at the top row. The frames advance from left to right in a certain way. Try to predict the next shape in the sequence from the options listed in the second row.

Inductive/Diagrammatic Reasoning Test Example

Types of Inductive Reasoning Tests

Most assessment companies develop and offer inductive reasoning tests to employers as part of their recruitment solutions. While most tests are based on the same underlying principles, the differences between one test style and another are substantial. Here are links to pages that elaborate on test styles of leading assessment companies:
SHL logical reasoningKenexa logical reasoningSaville abstract reasoning
Cut-e discovering rulesMatrigma testTalent Q logical reasoning

There are two main aspects that are worth mentioning in regards to inductive reasoning tests. First, you are being assessed on General Mental Abilities (GMA). In simple terms, this means that even though the questions in this test have no relevance to the job you have applied for, they are a good predictor of job performance. Psychologists claim that if you score well on this test, you will be able to show a similar level of performance across a wide range of activities in the workplace.

The second aspect that is worth mentioning is that proponents of this test claim it cancels cultural or linguistic differences. After all, no reading or pre knowledge are required. For this reason, inductive reasoning tests are viewed as a more impartial measure of ability, hence their popularity among employers.

Practicing for Inductive Reasoning Tests

Practicing for an inductive reasoning test in advance has many advantages, the three most important ones are:

  1. Pre-exposure to logic patterns that lay the foundations for inductive reasoning.
  2. Familiarisation with recurring principles and methods, which cab recognised quickly in the real test.
  3. Improvement of response times and confidence.

JobTestPrep offers an extensive practice package for inductive and abstract reasoning tests, with over 650 questions. If you are preparing for your assessment day or any other selection test, this practice pack can increase your qualification chances.

Read more about:
Inductive vs. Deductive Reasoning
The Differences Between Diagrammatical and Spatial Reasoning Tests

Free Resources
Free Verbal ReasoningFree Situational JudgementFree Psychometric TestsFree Inductive Reasoning
Top Products
Saville Abstract PracticeTalent Q Logical PracticeKenexa Logical PracticeNon-verbal Reasoning Testscut-e Abstract Practice

Secured Payment 

"Your products increased my score a lot in the test."
Ornela, Premium membership, September 2015
"I would like to thank your team for this very useful material. If you keep this level of quality, your other customers will for sure be very satisfied also."
UN organisation, D1 Position, April 2014

As Seen On - Graduate jobs, Postgrad study, Work Experience, Graduate Career InformationACCA Careers - Accountancy and Finance JobsWikiJob - Interview questions for jobs and internships in investment banking, finance, law, consultingLawyer 2B - Law Training Contracts and Careers in LawAlumnEye - Réussir ses entretiens Finance et Conseil
Created by red-id