Diagrammatic Reasoning Tests: the Five Steps to Success


Diagrammatic reasoning tests are designed to assess your logical reasoning abilities. You’ll be given problems consisting of diagrams, patterns or shapes, and asked to work out the ‘rule’ governing the sequence which can then be applied to a new situation. It sounds complicated, and without practice it certainly can be. But that’s why we’re here, to give you the five steps to diagrammatic reasoning success!


1. Dig a little deeper
The first thing you need to do is find out as much information as you can about the test you’ll be taking. Not all diagrammatic tests are the same, and knowing which types of problems you’re likely to face means you can spend your time concentrating on practising the right ones.

2. Practice makes perfect
There really is no substitute for practice. The questions you’ll see in these types of test take a little getting used to. The more you try them out before the big day, the more time you have to understand what’s being asked of you, work on your weaker areas and get used to going up against the clock. Trying out some practice diagrammatic reasoning tests is also a good way to learn some extra tips and tricks that’ll help you out on the big day.

3. Work through the sequence logically
Don’t panic when you see the questions in front of you. Instead, break down the sets into sections and try to concentrate on each one separately. If you can, try not to look at the multiple choice answers before working out the sequence as it can colour your judgement and cause you to not work through the problem thoroughly.

4. Make sure time is on your side
Timed tests aren’t unusual, but that doesn’t make them any easier. We recommend taking a few seconds at the beginning of each test, whether practice or real, to work out how much time you should spend on each question (it’s often one minute per question). With a rough guide to hand, you’ll then know when you’ve allocated too much time to a challenging problem, and when it could be time to move on. Remember, if there’s time at the end, you can always go back over any unfinished problems and try again.

5. Taking notes. Noted!
Extracting the rationale behind each problem is much easier when you can take note of your workings. Don’t be afraid to scribble down your thoughts so you can keep track of them.

As with most things in life, preparation and practice really are the best tools you have at your disposal. Put the time in before the big day and you’re much more likely to reap the rewards. Good luck!

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Diagrammatic Reasoning Tests: the Five Steps to Success
Diagrammatic reasoning tests are designed to assess your logical reasoning abilities.

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