Inductive Reasoning

Expert advice on taking a inductive reasoning and how to prepare for employers' reasoning tests.

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Inductive Reasoning and how they work

Have you been invited to take an inductive reasoning test for your job interview? Inductive reasoning tests are similar to diagrammatic or abstract reasoning tests. Our practice tests have been written specifically to prepare candidates and let them know what to expect in their real inductive reasoning tests. You should try a test now.

What you should know before taking your inductive reasoning


Inductive reasoning, logical reasoning, and abstract reasoning are often used interchangeably. Whilst they are in fact slightly different tests, the concept behind both inductive reasoning and abstract reasoning is to test the candidate's logical problem solving ability. Inductive reasoning tests are a common form of aptitude assessment, perhaps the next most common after numerical and verbal reasoning. These tests are typically used to test candidates for engineering and technical jobs.


As with all aptitude tests, try to work both quickly and accurately. If you are unsure of an answer, you should leave it and come back to it at the end if you have time. Before you sit down for your real inductive reasoning test, try a free sample test below.


Inductive reasoning tests are one type of psychometric test frequently used in selecting applicants for job roles such as engineering and IT. You have to think logically and methodically against the clock to spot patterns in the sequence of graphics. Usually the best way to approach inductive reasoning tests is to spot a pattern in the first two or three figures and quickly test out your theory by checking if this fits with the next figures. Practice will help.


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