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What is a Non-Verbal Reasoning Test?
Non-verbal reasoning is an umbrella term that covers a wide range of psychometric ability tests such as inductive, logical, abstract, diagrammatic and spatial reasoning. The term is used to indicate that verbal competency is not necessary for, or assessed by, the test. Because of this the tests are seen as particularly effective for international assessment, as candidates speaking a wide range of languages are able to access the same test material.
What are Non-Verbal Reasoning Tests used for?
Non-verbal reasoning tests are used extensively in selection and assessment processes. As they don’t rely on specific language skills, they are seen as a useful way of assessing candidates ‘raw ability’ rather than learned skills (i.e. language).
To successfully complete non-verbal reasoning tests, candidates must use logic, be able to recognize patterns in material and understand and assimilate novel information. Therefore these tests are often used by companies recruiting to positions where problem-solving or technical ability are important, such as engineering or project management.
They are also often used in leadership assessment processes (such as graduate scheme recruitment), as they assess candidates’ ability to respond to novel situations and are correlated with generalised intelligence. So the better a candidate performs on a non-verbal reasoning test, the more likely they are to be able to logically and creatively solve novel problems in the workplace.
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