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  1. About the GIA Test
  2. Expert Tips
  3. Perceptual Speed Section
  4. Reasoning Section
  5. Number Speed Accuracy Section
  6. Spatial Visualisation Section
  7. Word Meaning Section
  8. Things to Remeber
  9. See 600+ Practice Questions Pack


About the GIA Test

Unlike most psychometric tests, the Thomas International GIA test aims to assess general intelligence rather than more advanced subject-specific abilities (e.g. numerical, verbal or abstract reasoning).

To obtain the highest score possible, answer as many questions as quickly as you can during the course of the test. Keep in mind that most people are not able to answer all questions in the given time.

The GIA test focuses on the speed of processing information as well as your ability to learn and develop new skills. Essentially, the test uses abstract concepts, generalisations and logical relations to measure your basic intellectual process.  


Do you want to ace the GIA test? If so, practising with a real simulation test instead of a generic exam is the right way to go. Here you can find a tailored-PrepPack™ that includes questions which are similar to the ones you’ll find on your upcoming test.

JobTestPrep's practice tests consist of questions in the level of the real test. Therefore, by doing the practice tests on JobTestPrep you prepare the skills as well as accuracy and speed assessed in the GIA test. 

Remember, the GIA test differs from other tests as it emphasises equally between both speed and accuracy. This is evident by the fact that the GIA test questions are sometimes considered trivial, and the challenge is to answer as many of them correctly in a very short time frame. For example, in the reasoning section, the questions are given as single statements. After you have comprehended the information, you are brought to a new screen.

Here you will have to remember what was said from the previous window to confirm or deny. Thus, you will be measured by your ability to quickly comprehend and retain information.

Depending on the requirements of your employer, the GIA test may be taken at your home computer. Note that Thomas International, the company that brought you the GIA, is now implementing touch screen features to some of their tests. Be sure to check if this feature is available for your version of the test.


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Experts Tips for GIA Test

We have created lists of general tips to further help develop your skills: 

1. The most important thing to remember is to that speed and accuracy are critical throughout the test.

2. Remember there is a small timeframe for each section of the exam. With a large number of questions given, very few people are able to answer every question. Thus, do not spend too much time on a single question, quickly move onto the next if you are unsure of the answer.

3. The questions are all the same difficulty level, which is not very high.

4. Use our tips when answering the questions to speedily get through the questions.

5. It is important to pay attention to your accuracy, thus refrain from guessing. Note: The questions' difficulty level is relatively low, therefore even if you are not sure about the answer you will likely get the correct one if you give the question a second reading, but do try to keep those to a minimum since speed is an essential part of the test.

6. Since speed is important in this test, reading and comprehending all the instructions and sample questions before beginning the actual test can make a big difference in your score. 

Note: Find additional tips and tricks at the end of each sample question below.




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The GIA’s Test Structure

The GIA test made up of 5 sections. Remember you will have very little time in each section. Thus, to ensure that you can to utilise every second, it is important to try the sample questions and read all instructions. You can find the time limit of each section in our PrepPacks™:

Let’s go through each of GIA's five sections to better familiarise you with the structure:


1. Perceptual Speed Section

The GIA perceptual speed section checks your ability to detect errors in written, and numerical material, as well as in diagrams. Below you will find a sample question which displays four pairs of letters arranged horizontally. The first row is lowercased, the second is uppercased. Your task is to determine how many columns consist of the same letter. If all columns match, choose the answer ‘4’ or if none match, choose ‘0’.


Perceptual Speed - Sample Question



✔️ The correct answer is 2.

The first and third pairings are the only ones containing the same letter twice.

As you can see in the sample question below, you will be presented with four pairs of letters each arranged one on top of the other. One letter will be an uppercase letter, while the other a lowercase letter. Your task is to determine how many of the pairs contain the same letter. If all of the pairs match, you should pick answer "4", and if none match you should pick "0".
The pairs in question are only those which appear one on top of the other! If there is an "M" and an "m" in the same question, but they are not in the same column, they are not considered a pair.

Experts Tips

  • To help you answer more questions quickly, try to look at each question methodically from left to right (or right to left, whichever is more comfortable for you) and down and up the pairs, and count in your head each time the pairs match.
    For example, in the sample question, looking from left to right the count will be 1…-…2…-. The correct answer is the number you are left with in the end (in this case, 2). Giving your eyes a set course to follow will help you increase your speed in answering this kind of questions.
  • Look out for letters that have similar shapes, like Q and O, b and d, and q and p. It might help you to sound the letters in your head or by whispering.

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2. Reasoning Section

The reasoning section measures your ability to make assumptions based on the information provided and ultimately draw correct conclusions. This section also tests your short-term memory.

Each of the questions in this section will first present you with a single sentence. After you finish reading, you will be asked to click to the next page. Once you do, you will be presented with a short question along with 2 to 4 answer choice options, only one of which is correct. Note that in our test system the answer options will be present in the same window as the question, but in the real test they will only appear on separate pages. 


Reasoning - Sample Question

GIA TEST reasoning section

✔️ The correct answer is Darcy.

Since Darcy has more superficial understanding of the subject - it means that she has less thorough understanding of the subject.

This section might be challenging because of two reasons: First, you have to answer the questions very quickly.

The second reason is that when you take your test, you won't be able to see the question until you click the "Click here" button. However, Once you click to the new window, you will not be able to go back and reread the sentence.


Experts Tips

  • Try reading the sentence only once to increase your speed, but be sure you comprehend it!
  • Pay attention to the phrasing of the sentence as well as the question. There may be small, but significant differences that will change their meaning.
  • Try memorising the sentence in a simplified manner before clicking away. For example, if the sentence is ‘Bell is shorter than Anna’, you can think of it as ‘Anna, Bell’ (the tallest first, ordered by height).

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3. Number Speed and Accuracy Section

Number speed and accuracy is measured through questions based on numerical manipulation and basic maths topics. In this section, you will be presented with three numbers and asked to choose which ones are furthest from the middle. The middle number has a value between the lowest and highest numbers shown. 


Number Speed and Accuracy - Sample Question.

GIA TEST number speed


✔️ The correct answer is 22.

First, we should determine which number is the middle one. In this case, it is 57 (22<57<91).
Our next step is to check the distance between the numbers: 22 is thirty-five numbers away from 57, while 91 is thirty-four numbers away from 57.
We can therefore determine that 22 is the furthest number from the middle number.


Experts Tips

  • To quickly find the middle number, first look for the highest number, then ask yourself which of the other two is closest to it.
  • Begin by looking at the hundreds or tens digit, since it might be enough to gauge the difference between the numbers. For example, if the numbers are 94 10 38, the middle number is 38, and it's easy to see that 9 is further away from 3 then 1. This means the correct answer is 94, and there is no need to look at the units digits.

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4. Spatial Visualisation Section

The GIA Spatial Visualisation section correlates with mechanical reasoning tests and assesses your ability to use mental visualisation. This section aims to test your visualisation skills and your ability to use them to understand and solve problems.

In this section you will be presented with two pairs of shapes in frames. Your task is to find how many of the pairs consist of exactly the same shape. The answer choices are: 

  • 0: No match
  • 1: One pair match
  • 2: Both pairs match

Note: Mirrored images are not considered the same shape, however images that have been rotated are. For example, the letters ‘b’ and ‘d’ are mirrored images therefore are not considered the same. Meanwhile ‘b’ and ‘q’ are considered matching images since they are the same shape, simply rotated by 180°. 


Spatial Visualisation - Sample Question

GIA test


✔️ The correct answer is 1.

The left-side figure contains letters which are rotated duplicates of one another, while the right-side figure contains letters that are both rotated and flipped.


Experts Tips

  • To easily identify similar shapes, mentally rotate the original figure to see if it is identical to another.
  • If it helps, do not be afraid to tilt your head in the direction of the rotation you are trying to picture. It could help you more easily visualise the rotated shape.

Keep practising >>

5. Word Meaning Section

The GIA word Meaning section evaluates your knowledge of your vocabulary by using a various amount of words, from different parts of speech and language levels. Your ability to identify synonyms and antonyms is also being tested. The purpose of this section is to assess how well you will work when receiving written or spoken instructions.   

Word meaning questions consist of three words. Two of them will have something in common that the third will no. Your job is identifying which word is the odd one out. 


Word Meaning - Sample Question

GIA test sample of word meaning


✔️ The correct answer is fragrant.

Flamboyant and Demure are adjectives that describe the character or behaviour of a person, while Fragrant describes the smell of a person or an object.


Experts Tips

  • Similar words can be synonyms, antonyms or just have a similar meaning. They can also be two parts of the same object, or two words that belong to the same category.
  • Read the words carefully! There can be words that have similar spelling but different meanings.
  • Don't be afraid of unfamiliar words. If you are unsure of the meaning, focus on what you do know. If the words you know have something in common, it is likely that the word you don’t know is the odd one out.

Practising will help you to ace your test >>





Scoring Method

Upon completing the test, your results will be determined by both your speed and accuracy. After this number has been reached, the final score will then be compared to a norm group. The norm group will be taken from a pool of candidates in a similar profession or job level as you. Thus, the best way to determine your needed score is to search for past results in your designated field.

View the GIA Test Scoring Method




Things to Remember

In a quick recap, the goal of the Thomas International GIA test is to determine how well you will respond to training if hired. The test is broken down into variants of abstract, numerical and verbal questions. Each section of the test is filled with an unrealistic amount of questions given the short time frame. It is your job to remain calm and answer as many questions as humanly possible. Your score will be determined on both your accuracy and speed.

Good luck!


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