Diagrammatic Reasoning Test Preparation

To help you pass diagrammatic psychometric tests, use these preparation assessments, advice, and solutions to help you increase your score.

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Diagrammatic reasoning tests and how they work in the job selection process

Diagrammatic reasoning tests (often used interchangeably with abstract reasoning tests) are commonly used aptitude tests used by recruiters to assess a candidate’s ability to think logically and solve complex problems. Candidates applying for roles which require high level of problem solving ability and logical reasoning, such as management consulting, engineering and finance are likely to encounter a diagrammatic reasoning test.

Here are screenshots of our diagrammatic reasoning tests:

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What does a diagrammatic reasoning test assess?

Diagrammatic reasoning tests are somewhat unique in that they assess various abilities with diagrammatic factors. It mainly uses logical ability, but also includes inductive pattern recognition, and problem solving abilities.

That being said, in comparison to other reasoning and psychometric tests, diagrammatic reasoning is quite specific and as is limited in what it is measuring. Compared to other ability tests and other psychometric assessments, diagrammatic reasoning is a very specific skill, requiring only a few similar abilities.

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Sample diagrammatic reasoning tests - Free

Here you can take our free diagrammatic tests to show you how they work in improving your score.

Free Practice Diagrammatic Reasoning Test 1

This free diagrammatic reasoning test contains 30 questions and has a time limit of 25 minutes.

Free Practice Diagrammatic Reasoning Test 2

This free diagrammatic reasoning test contains 20 questions and has a time limit of 18 minutes.

Diagrammatic Reasoning Test 1
  • 30 questions
  • 25 mins
Diagrammatic Reasoning Test 2
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What you should know before taking a diagrammatic reasoning test

We have come to find that diagrammatic often seem to get used near the beginning of a recruitment process. Usually an early stage in a multi-stage process. If this is the case for you, then a poor result on this test type could result in an early departure from the selection process. As with all reasoning tests, it is important to make sure you get in adequate practice to ensure a greater chance of success.

On the other hand, if your diagrammatic test is being given later in the recruitment process, then the good news is that this test will almost certainly not be used as the sole decider in the success of your application. It will likely be used with other tests and exercises.

There are various different elements to diagrammatic reasoning tests including transition, reflection and rotation to name a few.

Various styles of reasoning tests based on inductive logic:

There are a number of different types of logical reasoning test. What can be confusing is that they are sometimes used interchangeably depending on the test provider. The good news is that oftentimes these tests tend to be similar in their layout and general approach. They do however have subtle and important differences. Given this, we have a quick list of common logical reasoning tests and their identifying point:

  • 1. Inductive reasoning: - Inductive reasoning tests have you thinking against the clock as you have to spot patterns from the sequences of images or graphics. One has to notice the variables and difference that occur across the sequence. This will involve inductive reasoning and as figure out the patterns in the graphics. You can check out our inductive reasoning tests here.
  • 2. Diagrammatic reasoning: - Diagrammatic reasoning is a little difference from logical reasoning tests. These tests require you to look at typically ask you to identify the rules governing the diagram. There will be an input and an output flowing from the diagram. Another diagrammatic reasoning test style is two sets of diagrams and you must identify with pattern will be suitable for a given image.
  • 3. Deductive reasoning: - Deductive reasoning requires you to look at the clauses and their outcomes. These are explored and discounted in both a positive and negative sense in order to arrive at the only possible outcome without contradicting the given premises. One such example of deductive reasoning is the Sudoku puzzle. You can check out our deductive reasoning tests here.

The most common diagrammatic reasoning tests used by employers

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Did You Know

While test publishers may use tests similar if not identical to these diagrammatic reasoning tests, the two test publishers which use the term diagrammatic reasoning are Saville Consulting and Cubiks. Given this, if you are due to take a diagrammatic test, it is likely to have been produced by one of these publishers.

  • 1. Cubiks Diagrammatic Reasoning: - The Cubiks diagrammatic test (sometimes referred to as their Reasoning for Business test) asks candidates to analyse two groups of similar symbols, and decide whether a symbol belongs to either group A, group B, or neither group, based on the grouping rules.
  • 2. Saville Consulting Diagrammatic Analysis - Saville Consulting's diagrammatic tests assess candidates' ability to evaluate processes through diagrams. The stand-alone diagrammatic test is 24 minutes and has 32 questions. If you take this as part of a combined test (such as their Swift series) the diagrammatic element will be shorter: 6 minutes.

Useful preparation for your diagrammatic psychometric test

Practice is so useful in preparation for the reasoning test as it helps reduce the element of surprise and will give you the confidence to perform at your best. Be that as it may, there are some other, simple ideas you can use to help prepare from your test.

  • Learn about the test you are going to take - ask the employer what test(s) your are taking. Perhaps ask for the test provider. This way, you can find out precisely how long the test will be and how many questions. Also, this will tell you what practice material will be appropriate.
  • Get enough sleep - not being completely alert and awake will likely impact negatively on your performance. We recommend you try and get a good night's sleep before your assessment day.
  • Make sure you arrive early - this applies really only to tests you are going to take at an assessment centre. Get there early so you can try to relax and concentrate on your task ahead rather than panicking about making sure you are there on time, and out of breath.