SPATIAL REASONING TESTS – SAMPLE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Learn how to pass spatial reasoning tests with our professional guide that contains lots of sample questions and answers…
Spatial reasoning tests are widely used during selection processes which require an ability to use practical and visual skills. They are more common in jobs such as engineering and driving roles but are also more and more being utilised on medical and science roles. Spatial reasoning, or ability as it is sometimes called, involves the candidate visualising and then manipulating different complex shapes and patterns.
Competence in spatial awareness is said to be mostly inherited; however, tests have proven that your ability in this type of test can be greatly improved with targeted practice. Spatial reasoning test questions cover many different areas such as:
- Matching shapes;
- Rotating shapes and symbols;
- The use of 3D cubes and dimensions.
You will also find that some emergency service roles and military roles require an ability to use spatial maps and plans to solve problems and come up with an appropriate solution. Let’s now take a look at some of the different types of test and what they mean to you:
Spatial reasoning tests – moving shapes and patterns
These types of questions will generally show you a pattern in its entirety. You will then witness a series of ‘cut-up’ shapes and it will be your job to assess which one of the series makes up the designated shape correctly. Here is an example of a test involving moving shapes and patterns.
3D shapes and patterns
In this type of spatial awareness test you will need to look at a 3D image before deciding what it looks like from a different angle. The following sample test questions will give you a better idea of what this type of test looks like.
In this type of spatial reasoning test you will be presented with a number of rotated groups of shapes and images. Two of them will be identical and it will be your task to decide which ones match from the options offered. Take a look at the following shape:
Spatial Reasoning – Constructing 2D patterns in to 3D shapes
This type of question requires you to ‘put together’ a 2D pattern to create a 3D one. This type of assessment requires an ability to visualise the end result once the 2D image or pattern is constructed. Take a look at the following example question:
Tips for passing spatial reasoning tests
Let’s now take a look at a number of important tips which will help you to prepare for this type of assessment.
1. Practice lots of sample psychometric tests
Although you will be sitting a spatial awareness test you should still practice lots of different types of psychometric test. The reason for this is because you need to improve your brain power when it comes to taking tests. Yes, it is essential to practice different types of questions as this will help you to improve your spatial ability and awareness. It will also allow you to improve your confidence at the assessment centre.
2. Think logically
When trying out sample test try to use logic. Remember, the tests are usually multiple choice in nature and as such you can usually quickly rule out 2 or 3 answer options. The correct answers is usually the most logical one so don;t try to over complicate things when answering the questions.
3. Don’t panic – you are not meant to finish the test!
Spatial tests and psychometric tests in general are designed so that you don’t finish them. When candidates turn over their test paper they immediately panic when they see how many questions there are. Try not to worry! The tests are designed so that you don’t finish them all. What is important is your ability to answer as many questions as possible whilst still aiming for accuracy. The test centre or person marking your test will deduct marks for incorrect answers or wild guessing.
SPATIAL REASONING TESTS
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