Figural Reasoning Test (FRT) or Non-Verbal Testing

Figural reasoning test (FRT) is another common name given to abstract, inductive and diagrammatic reasoning tests. Learn more about its features and practice it online.
 
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Also known as diagrammatic or abstract reasoning tests, figural reasoning tests are non-verbal tests that measure your ability to understand and analyze visual information and solve problems via visual reasoning. FRTs aim to minimize cultural and educational dependencies and thus can be used to provide an objective indication of intellectual potential.


For many years, intelligence has been and still is measured through the use of figural reasoning tests. Gifted children, elementary school students, armed forces candidates and nearly all job candidates come across figural reasoning tests at some point. Test providers use different names to describe the family of figural reasoning tests - the most popular test types are abstract reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, inductive reasoning and diagrammatic reasoning.

What does the FRT measure and why?

Figural reasoning tests use shapes and images to depict specific logic patterns and/or processes. FRTs are intended to measure general intelligence and abstract thinking skills . By using shapes and images as a means of assessment, the test aims to neutralize culture dependent factors such as language, general knowledge and prior learning skills; this leaves the test provider with a crude, fundamental evaluation of a person's cognitive abilities.

What does it look like?

Figural reasoning tests may be administered in several differing formats and may consist of various question types. The visual differences between these tests may seem significant to the untrained eye, but ultimately all assess the same underlying abilities. The shapes present an encrypted pattern, and the test taker is expected to use his innate skills to solve and predict the missing parts of the pattern.

Assessment companies and test publishers such as SHL, Saville, Onetest, Kenexa and Pearson all administer variations of these tests, however they are very similar. Many of these tests are the result of academic research performed by psychology faculties at universities, while developed by the research teams of these companies. In addition, gifted children tests also comprise of figural reasoning sections, e.g. the OLSAT.

FRT Practice Test

Practicing a variety of FRTs could be the best thing to do, since one company may draw inspiration from the works of another and the concepts are primarily similar. TestPrep-Online is affiliated with JopTestPrep in the UK, please see their non-verbal or figural reasoning test practice materials.


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