What are spatial reasoning tests?
Spatial reasoning tests are also known as logical or abstract reasoning tests. The test is designed to see how well you identify relationships between patterns and then apply this logic to identify the right answer. The test is used by employers in the financial sector in particular, as it’s a great indication of applicants who think logically, cope well under pressure and have a natural aptitude for breaking down complex challenges. We recommend people practice for any aptitude test they may have to take, but particularly spatial reasoning tests as the style of the questions can take a bit of getting used to.
Why do employers use spatial reasoning tests?
The financial industry is highly competitive and attracts incredibly competent people. As a result it can be hard to differentiate between candidates using interviews alone. The spatial reasoning test offers employers a chance to assess how well applicants cope under considerable time pressure, and how adept they are at inductive reasoning. This particular type of test is very similar to the IQ test, and will show the natural born problem solvers in a pool of people who,on paper, probably have similar levels of experience.
What is the spatial reasoning test format?
Each question will present you with a challenge to solve or a pattern or sequence to identify. Using the information in front of you, you’ll have to work out the rule that connects the patterns, before selecting the correct response from a choice of possible answers. As is the case with a lot of psychometric tests, you’ll have around one minute to answer each question.
What skills does spatial reasoning test?
Not only does the test assess your ability to think logically and laterally, succeeding also requires a certain amount of creative thinking too - we told you it wasn’t simple! The best way you can train your brain to start thinking in this way is to practice abstract reasoning tests - and as many as you can. The time pressure is considerable, so even if you already possess the relevant skills to answer the questions correctly, you’ll need to work on ensuring you can answer at a rate of one question per minute (or faster!).