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1) What is the Matrigma test?
2) Free Test
3) Sample Questions
4) Expert Tips
5) Understanding Test Results


What is the Matrigma Test?

The Matrigma test is a cognitive ability test that measures your general mental ability. It was developed by Assessio International and is now administered by Hogan.

Matrigma is a non-verbal problem-solving test that assesses your capability to discern patterns or find internal logic from sets of shapes in different arrangements (see examples below).

It is essentially an Abstract Reasoning test with a single type of question presented in 3x3 matrices in which you’re asked to find the missing tile (marked by a question-mark) using one of 6 possible options.

There are 2 versions of the Matrigma test:

1) Classic Matrigma: 35 questions in 40 minutes – the more common of the 2

2) Adaptive Matrigma (or Matrigma 2): 12 question in 12 minutes – considered harder

Note: Matrigma 2 is an adaptive test, meaning that for each question that you answer correctly, the next question will be even more difficult than the one before.

Similarly, if you answer any of the questions incorrectly, the next question will decrease in difficulty.


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Matrigma Test Sample Questions (with Solving Tips & Guidelines)

The questions in the Matrigma are presented in 3x3 matrices, in which you're asked to find the missing tile marked by a question mark (?). you'll be presented with 6 options from which to choose your answer.

Matrigma tests can be difficult for people that have never tried this type of questions before. But don't worry, with a little insider help you'll be making easy work of these questions in no time.

There are 5 types of changes you'll have to keep an open eye for. These changes reflect logical rules you need to understand and learn to recognise in order for you to master Matrigma.

Let's see each rule in action on real questions and solve them together.


Rule 1: Progression

In this kind of matrix, the object changes, or rather progresses with every step throughout the row or the column (the direction may vary).

The changes could be in the length or width of the shape, in the number of objects inside the frame, in the shape’s colour, or in any of its other characteristics.

matrigma question progression

✔️ The correct answer is D.

In this example, in each step, one rhombus shape is added to the frame. This rule applies to both the rows and the columns.

In the rows, the addition progresses in a clockwise direction.

In the columns, it progresses in an anticlockwise direction.

Don't be lured by theoption A, it's incorrect. Even though it fulfills the matrix's rules, the shape inside is rotated, which breaks the pattern of the row and column.

Tip: There are 2 ways to look at the progression in the above example:

1) In each step, the object becomes more complete.

2) In each step, the number of rhombuses increases by one.

The first way is more visual and the second is more detail-oriented. When answering a question, choose the method you feel suits you most.

You will learn how to do this as you answer more practice questions.

Rule 2: Rotation

In questions of this type, the figures in the matrix rotate in a determined pattern across either rows or columns.

You need to identify the pattern of the rotation to answer the question correctly. Let’s look at an example:

matrigma question rotation

✔️ The correct answer is E

In this sample question, you can see that the rotation is operating in each row, rather than in each column.

You can see that the figure rotates upon its axis at 90° clockwise in each frame (looking from left to right).

It makes sense to look at the changes occurring in the rows from left to right, as the missing figure is the rightmost frame in the bottom row.

The missing figure, then, is the one which completes this pattern.

Look at the middle figure in the bottom row and picture what it would look like if it were turned 90° clockwise. This is your answer.

Tip: If you can notice at first glance that the number of objects remains the same across all frames in the row or column, the next thing you should check is if you can detect any movement of the object itself or inside of it.

Rule 3: Frequency

In questions of this type, the relationship between certain features of the figures in the matrix determines the frequency and/or order of their appearance. Let’s look at an example:

matrigma questions frequency

✔️ The correct answer is D

In this sample question, the relationship is between the alignment of the shapes.

You can see that the pattern established in the top 2 rows is that two of the 3 shapes face a certain direction and the third shape faces the opposite direction.

In other words, within each row, the straight alignment has a frequency of 2 and the opposite alignment has a frequency of 1.

Looking at the columns, you can see the relationship is not one of alignments, but of shapes.

3 shapes are present: an equilateral triangle, a trapezoid, and a right triangle. Moreover, each is present once, or has a frequency of one.

In the final column, you can expect the same pattern of frequency.

Tip: There are many different elements which can come into play using the frequency rule.

If you think you are facing a frequency question, try examining the following features of the figures and shapes: Quantity, Color, Alignment, Position in the row/column.

Rule 4: Construction

In this kind of matrix, two objects from the same row or column are combined to form the third object. In simple matrices, this combination might look just like a simple addition equation. For example:

matrigma question construction

✔️ The correct answer is D

This question shows that the combination of any 2 consecutive blocks starting from the top left corner, either vertical or lateral, form a third block that combines both preceding blocks.

The combination of the 2 objects in the bottom row, or that of the 2 items in the right column form answer D.

For some matrices, you will be asked to find the result of the equation (the set/ sequence), while for others, you will be asked to find one of the components of the equation.

Tip: In more complicated matrices, the combination will not be as complete and immediately clear as in the example above. There might be certain rules that determine which parts of the objects combined will merge and which will not.

Rule 5: Motion

In motion matrices, the objects move (change their position) with each step. Usually, the motion is of one or more of the objects inside a frame.

To identify the movement of the inner object, it is useful to compare the outer object or frames across either the rows or columns.

matrigma question motion

✔️ The correct answer is B

In each frame, there are three shapes: a X, a heart shape, and a circle.

In each step, the three shapes move positions in a clockwise direction.

Therefore, in the correct answer, the X should be at the top-left corner of the frame, the circle at the bottom-left corner, and the heart at the bottom-right corner.

Tip: When answering motion matrices, you should use the outer shape or the frame to locate the changes in an object's motion.

For example, when the outer shape is a square, focus on the corners and the sides, and when the outer shape is a circle, try to look at the circle as a clock and locate the inner shapes on its hours.

The inner objects' motions will never be random, but rather fixed to certain coordinates in the outer shape or frame.

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Matrigma Test Tips: Solve with Enhanced Focus & Save Precious Time


1) Quick scan for easy pickings: start by quickly scanning the matrix, both the rows and the columns, to see if anything draws your attention.

2) focus on one characteristic at a time: If the rule is not immediately discernible, examine the figures in the matrix carefully, focusing on one characteristic at a time.

3) Look for our 5 rules in all aspects of the items: remember that the rule might operate on a figure's shape, colour, alignment, motion, and quantity, among other features.

4) Look for trends in rows and in columns separately: the rule can operate in the matrix’s rows, columns, or both, and it might not necessarily give importance to the order of the figures.

5) Don't lose time over hard questions: give yourself 1 minute per question, if you can't solve the question in this time, move on to the next.

6) Skip hard question and go back to solve them later: matrigma allows you to go back to questions you've left unanswered.

So, skipping tough questions will give you more time do do the easier ones and may still leave  you time to go back and answer the questions you've skipped.

7) If you aren't sure what the answer is, guess: don’t leave any questions unsolved. There is no penalty for wrong answers.


How to understand Your Matrigma Test Results

The way Matrigma test scores are calculated is confidential. This means that when all is said and done, you will not know your score. You will only know if your score was average, below or above.

However, we can tell you that answering half of the questions correctly will give you an average score.

According to our long years of experience, you will need to reach the 80th percentile, i.e the top 20% of candidates to pass the test and continue to the next stage of your job application.

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