Logical Reasoning Test

Logical reasoning tests are designed to assess a candidate's ability to solve complex problems.

  • What is a logical reasoning test and what does it measure?

    A logical reasoning test assesses a candidate's ability to use their logical thinking and reasoning skills to identify a pattern or sequence in a series of images, symbols, or data. Of all the aptitude tests, it is perhaps the most challenging for those who have never encountered it before.

    The test will help measure the thinking process of a candidate by testing their ability to make sense of information, spot trends and patterns. It will also show an individual's ability to keep calm under pressure and solve non-verbal and non-numerical problems.

    In a business environment, logical reasoning is an important skill to have across a huge range of job roles. For example, if you are shown a business report and can identify a trend, or if you are a programmer trying to debug coding problems.

About the Logical Reasoning Test

Logical reasoning is a type of pre-employment test that helps evaluate a person's problem-solving skills. It is used by employers to help them make better hiring decisions and more accurately assess candidates' capacity to perform the job.

The ability to solve problems well is a universal skill, which is why these tests are used by employers hiring for a wide range of roles.

In most jobs, problem-solving is a highly valued skill and the logical reasoning test examines how skillful a candidate is in solving logical problems. As a result, the logical reasoning test is a common part of the recruitment process.

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  • Why should you use a logical reasoning test for recruiting?

    It can be difficult to know if a candidate has logical reasoning skills. It’s not a skill usually listed on a resume or application, which is why a logical reasoning test can be essential.

    By providing a candidate with an aptitude test and receiving their test score, your hiring team can collect quantitative data which is comparable across applicants, allowing you to identify your top performers. This helps improve the quality of your hiring decisions and reduce bias.

    The multiple-choice questions are often based on daily work activities that might require logical reasoning. This gives an employer a realistic insight into how an applicant might perform in the role they are applying for.

Sample Logical Reasoning Test question

Which box goes in the missing part of the sequence?

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Results for the Logical Reasoning Test along with other assessments the candidate takes will be compiled to produce a candidate report. The report is automatically generated and available both online and as a downloadable pdf so they can be shared with other team members and employees alike.

The format of Pickeds logical reasoning test

The logical reasoning test contains 10 questions that the candidates have to answer within 10 minutes, so it's important that they find a balance between speed and accuracy.

As with most aptitude tests, candidates normally have around one minute to answer each question on the logical reasoning test. The questions will require a pattern or sequence to be completed by selecting one of the five available response options. Each question has one correct answer and four distractors that are incorrect but similar to it, thus helping to assess candidates' proficiency in logical reasoning and attention.


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“We used Picked as part of our Finance Graduate Scheme recruitment and it was just what we needed – really simple to send candidates the link to complete and clear to see how they all compared. And great value for money!”
Christina, HR Director, Cancer Research, UK
Christina, HR Director, Cancer Research, UK
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This test was created by our team of assessment experts, made up of I/O psychologists and psychometricians who are dedicated to making all of our tests as reliable, valid and fair as possible. They strictly adhere to best practices in the industry and stay on top of the latest innovations to ensure job candidates’ unique profiles of characteristics, abilities and knowledge are being measured accurately while minimising bias. They leverage decades of research and advanced predictive analytics to build assessments that link to outcomes that matter, such as job performance, turnover, engagement, culture fit and more.

“Personality profiling allowed us to perform lookalike modelling of our most successful employees and use this as a blueprint for new hires.”
Nick, HR Operations, Airbus, Spain
Nick, HR Operations, Airbus, Spain

Logical Reasoning Test FAQs

Can I try the test for free?

Yes. All you need to do is click the 'view example' button to get a preview of a test. You'll be able to get a flavour of what candidates can expect.

Can I mix the logical reasoning test with other tests?

Yes. You can combine multiple tests to create a pre-employment package that meets all of your organisational and hiring requirements.

What is the cost for Picked's logical reasoning test?

Picked offers monthly or annual subscriptions for businesses of all sizes, so choose the one that best fits your needs. You can also contact us to discuss the possibility of a custom plan suited to your specific requirements. You can check out our subscription plans here.

Which jobs is the logical reasoning test relevant for?

There are many jobs that require logical reasoning that you might test this skill for. In particular, roles in the finance industry, data science, computer programming and game development often require logical reasoning skills.

Research has shown that people who score highly on these tests go on to perform well in the job for which they are applying.

“Focusing on data reduced the subjective decision making from our hiring process and allowed us to reduce bias and make better hiring decisions.”
Izzie, Head of HR, iZettle, Sweden
Izzie, Head of HR, iZettle, Sweden

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