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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.  



Remember, the GIA test differs from other tests as it emphasises equality between both speed and accuracy. For example, GIA test questions are sometimes considered trivial. Oftentimes, they 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. Furthermore, 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.

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 sub-category of the exam. With the large amount 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 a system when answering the questions to speedily get through the questions.

5. It is also important to be accurate, thus reframe from guessing. Note: The difficulty level is relatively low, therefore you will likely the correct answer if given a second reading, but do try to keep those to a minimum, since speed is an essential part of the test.

6. A trick to speedily getting through the test is to read and comprehend all instructions and sample questions before beginning the actual test.

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


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. 


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The GIA’s Test Structure

The GIA test is broken down into 5 sections. Remember you will have very little time in each section. Thus, to ensure you are able to utilise every second, it is important to try the sample questions and read all instructions. Find the time limit of each section found in our PrepPacks™:

​GIA is broken down into five sections. The purpose is to assess specific cognitive functions. Let’s go through each one to better familiarise you with the structure:


1. Perceptual Speed Section

Perceptual speed checks your ability to detect errors in written, numerical and 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
Note: You have 3 minutes to answer 40 questions.

GIA TEST sample of perceptual speed


✔️ The correct answer is 1.

'q' and 'Q' are the only vertical pair which contains the same letter - one is an uppercase and the other is a lowercase.



  • To help you answer more quickly, try looking at each letter methodically from left to right and down and up, counting each matching pair as you go. By remaining consistent with the questions, your eyes will more easily pick out the answers, increasing your overall speed.
  • Be wary of similar shapes such as Q and O, b and d, along with q and p. It may help if you sound the letters out in your mind or whisper.


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2. Reasoning Section

Reasoning measures your ability to make assumptions based on the information provided and ultimately draw conclusions. Here you are tested on your short-term memory.

Additional questions present single sentences. After you finish reading the sentence, you will be asked to go to a new page. Here there will be a short question along with 2 to 4 answer options. There will only be one correct answer. Note that our answer options will be present in the same window as the question which will not be true for the real test. 


Reasoning - Sample Question
Note: You have 2.8 minutes to answer 25 questions.

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.



  • 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

Note: You have 96 seconds to answer 20 questions.

GIA TEST sample of number speed and accuracy section


✔️ The correct answer is 25.

The middle number (25) has a value between the lowest (18) and highest (30) numbers shown.



  • To quickly locate the middle number, find the highest number first, then ask yourself which number is closest to it.
  • If you find yourself overwhelmed by digits in the tens or hundreds, examine the digit on the left side of the final number. For example, if the numbers are 94, 10 and 38, consider the 9, 1 and 3. Now it is easier to conclude that 38 is the middle number.

Keep practising >>

4. Spatial Visualisation Section

Spatial visualisation correlates with mechanical reasoning tests that assesses your ability to use mental visualisation skills and compare them to shapes. The purpose is to create a situation where you are forced to use your visualisation to understand and solve problems.

Other questions consist of shapes contained in a box. Your mission is to count the number of matching shapes. Potential answers 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
Note: You have 96 seconds to answer 20 questions.

GIA TEST sample of Spatial Visualisation

✔️ The correct answer is 2.



  • 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

‘Word meaning’ evaluates your knowledge of words and vocabulary. This is done by assessing word groups, determining where they land in the family of grammar. Furthermore, your ability to identify synonyms and antonyms are also checked. The purpose is to assess how well you will work after receiving written or spoken instructions.

Word meaning questions consist of three words. Two words will have a common trait while the third will be different. Your job is identifying which word is the odd one out.


Word Meaning - Sample Question
Note: You have 2.5 minutes to answer 31 questions.

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.



  • 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 any of the words have something in common, likely, the word you don’t know is the odd one out.

Practising will help you to ace your test >>



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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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