What to expect in your abstract aptitude test

In an abstract reasoning test question, you are given a group or series of shapes that are defined by one or several logical rules. Below are three examples of three types of abstract test questions. You can click on the image to enlarge.

  • Practice abstract test introduction
  • Example question 1
  • Example question 1 - Answer
  • Example question 2
  • Example question 2 - Answer
  • Example question 3
  • Example question 3 - Answer
  • Practice abstract test result

Important abstract aptitude test information: 

  • Each group or series of shapes is followed by a question that typically requires you to find the missing shape or the next shape based on the series’ rules and patterns.
  • Each question has between four and five optional answers.
  • Your task is to quickly identify the logical rules and patterns that define the series of shapes, and then decide what the correct answer is (e.g. the missing shape in the series, the odd one out, or the next shape in the series).
  • The abstract reasoning test is timed and, although various tests may have different time limits, you should typically expect to be given approximately 25–30 seconds per question.
  • The abstract reasoning test is designed so only 1% to 5% of test-takers can correctly answer all questions within the time limit. Typically, the most difficult questions are placed at the end of the test.