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The Talent Q Elements Logical Reasoning Test (administered by Korn Ferry) assesses you 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).
The Test questions are all matrices, that is, a 3x3 table with each cell containing 1 or more symbols. The symbols create a pattern across the rows and columns of the matrix, with 1 square missing so that the full pattern remains unclear.
Your task is to recognize the pattern and complete the missing piece. You will have several answer choices to choose from in order to fit in the empty cell.
1) Timelimit 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 multiplechoice 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 714 answer choices for each question. This of course makes guessing a whole lot harder.
3) Questions are adaptive: This 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.
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Test Time  1:15 min per questions 
Questions  5 
Pass Score  8 
1) Examine the Matrix: To locate the underlying pattern, you’ll first need to scan the matrix and ask yourself questions to find details you might have missed.
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 “popup” pattern in which the matrix has one noticeable feature (e.g. symmetry, 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 obvious 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) Doublecheck 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:
Let’s start off with something easy.
Examine this matrix, and see if you can see the logic:
Example 1
✔️ The correct answer is (E)
Let's go through solving this question using our 5step 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 complex. Look at this next matrix:
✔️ 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 really challenging one. Are you ready?
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.
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1) Use your time wisely: Although this test doesn’t give you much time to answer each question, doing so quickly will not add on more time for the next question either.
Therefore, use every one of your 75 seconds to answer as best as you can.
2) Pay attention to all the answer choices: If you think you "kindof" 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 actually appears, in which case you won’t have to refine the logic.
3) Arrow questions: In questions that include arrows, first examine 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 which 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: If there is more than one symbol in a cell, the way they’re ordered inside the cell might matter. Be sure to consider this possibility before answering a question.
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This will provide you with the advantage of having previous experience and knowledge of this test and the unique challenge it represents.
There's a way you can use the short time you have left before your TalentQ test to prepare efficiently and effectively using our prep materials to see results fast.
Just stick to the 6 day plan we've provided countless other jobseekers before you with great results:
I) Start off 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.
You should go 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.
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 actual exam’s question types and time limit.
Turn off your phone, remove any distractions and try to emulate the same conditions you'll have on the real test.
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 you did in item II.
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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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.
The Talent Q Logical test is usually only given once during each job application process.
The Talent Q Elements Logical test has a time limit of 75 seconds per question.
This test presents a total of 12 questions which are shown as matrices.
A matrix is presented as a table with cells containing symbols which make up a pattern across the rows and columns of the matrix.
Yes. With proper practise and resources, you can enhance your logical and analytical skills in order to locate the underlying pattern in each sequence of cells within the given period of time.
Korn Ferry, the company that administers the TalentQ tests say as much on its website:
"Putting time into practising the kinds of questions you may face in ability tests is the best way of maximising your performance and boosting your confidence."
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.
You will be required to take the exam either onsite at the company’s location or online while sitting in a quiet area without distractions.
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.
It is not common to have breaks during the course of the test, so make sure to be entirely prepared before sitting down to start.