Prepare for the Thomas International GIA-Style Test and Improve Your Score

The Thomas General Intelligence Assessment (GIA) is part of the Thomas aptitude test battery. Read below to learn more about the GIA-style tests and how we can help you prepare for them.
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Unlike most common psychometric tests, this particular one aims to assess general intelligence rather than more advanced subject-specific abilities (e.g. numerical, verbal or abstract reasoning). The idea is to be able to predict how well you will develop and respond to training if you get the job.

What does the Thomas GIA test include?

The GIA is an online test consisting of 5 different sections:


This set measures your ability to make inferences and draw logical conclusions. You are given a statement describing the relationship between two individuals. You then need to answer a question that refers to this statement.

Perceptual speed

You are presented with pairs of upper and lower case letters. Your task is to identify the number of pairs where both letters are the same as quickly as possible.

Number speed and accuracy

Each question includes a set of three numbers. You need to pick the number which is furthest away from the middle number out of the three.

Spatial visualisation

This is a mental-rotation test. In each question there are two pairs of images rotated a different amount of degrees. You need to identify the pairs where both images are the same (and not mirrored).

Word meaning

This is a verbal odd-one-out test. In each question there are three words, so that two are similar in some way. Your task is to identify the third, unrelated word.

What is the Thomas TST test?

The Tests for Selection and Training (TST) is the pencil-and-paper format of this Thomas International assessment, and is therefore administered under supervision. Another difference is that the last section (word meaning) is replaced in the TST exam with a working memory test. The TST is otherwise identical to the GIA. All of the other sections remain the same, as does the overall visual style of the test. The time frames change slightly to accommodate the small differences.

Why should I prepare for these tests?

All tests are done under strict time limits of 2-5 minutes for about 20-50 questions in each subject. Speed is just as important as accuracy in these tests. Although the questions may seem very easy at first glance, they do get more difficult toward the end. Thus, the fact that you have less than 5 minutes to answer tens of questions in each section presents a real challenge.

Moreover, the once-common belief that you cannot prepare for psychometric tests has been disproved a long time ago. The mere knowledge of what questions will look like and the experience in solving them will increase your confidence. It will also save you the time of figuring everything out as you are taking the actual test, not to mention improve your ability to answer correctly and quickly. Ultimately, preparing in advance may very well give you the small edge that will be the difference between getting the job and not.

How can JobTestPrep help?

We offer a tailored practice pack designed specifically to help you prepare for the Thomas GIA/TST-style psychometric tests! The pack includes complete practice tests with detailed explanations and score reports, as well additional practice materials to help you brush up on your basic numeracy and verbal skills.

We also advise you to learn more about the other Thomas International aptitude tests—Thomas Skills.

JobTestPrep hope to be of help to you and wish you best of luck in your upcoming assessment.

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