First things first -

Employers use analytical tests to evaluate candidates' deductive and inductive reasoning skills. Your test will focus on your your **critical thinking** and** problem-solving** skills

Analytical questions evaluate skills that you may not use on a daily basis.

Let’s face it:

Even if you are confident in your problem-solving abilities, you may not be used to doing exercises such as identifying the next shape in a pattern.

What’s the solution?

Practice. A LOT. That way, you’ll be calm and confident during your upcoming test and maintain a considerable advantage over your competitors.

When facing an analytical reasoning question on a pre-employment test or job interview, you will be presented with data in the form of passages, tables, graphs, or shapes.

You will need to think critically about the information in front of you and make inferences (conclusions).

Success demands a strong grasp of logic and close attention to details. Analytical skills are crucial for any job that involves math, numerical reasoning, or logic.

In fact, even jobs that don't require any math, workers must still solve problems by applying their knowledge of logic to solve problems involving data.

Analytical capability questions are very common on various pre-employment tests, such as the CCAT test, or the Wonderlic test.

Take a look at this sample question for better understanding -

Due to an increase in taxes on electronic devices, the price of a 46” LED flat TV screen has increased to $845, which is 30% increase over the original price. What was the original price of the TV prior to the increase?

Answer & Explanation

The correct answer is $650.

In this question the 100% is the original price.

A good way to tackle this type of questions is by writing down the information you have in a table:

Calculate the missing data with the “triangle trick”. Multiply along the diagonal and then divide by the remaining number.

Then, apply the above method to this question:

To find the missing data we then multiply the numbers connected by the diagonal (the hypotenuse) and then divide by the number located on the remaining vertex: X = (845*100)/130 = **$650**.

Another approach to this type of questions requires an understanding of the relation between a given percentage and the proportion it represents (and vice versa). This relation is represented by the following formula:

Total = the value of the 100%.

We can isolate the part we are interested in:

Total = (Value*100)/%

And insert the data:

Value = ($845*100)/130 = **$650**.

Another way to tackle this question- if you start with 130%, divide the number by 130 to get 1%. Then simply multiply the value you have received by 100.

There are 4 common types of analytical reasoning questions – verbal reasoning, figural reasoning, math word problems and tables & graphs. Luckily, we have A LOT of practice drills on each and every one of them.

**Verbal Reasoning**– Includes true/false/cannot say questions, and deduction or syllogism questions. These types of questions measure the ability to take information from a set of premises and draw conclusions from them. There can be only one answer that is the logically correct one.**Figural Reasoning**– Includes “next in series” questions, figural analogies and ”odd one out” questions. These non-verbal questions measure your spatial thinking ability, skills that are not commonly used on a day-to-day basis.**Math word problems**– Written math questions that requires you to apply math skills to a real-life scenario. They test your ability to take written information and pass it on to a mathematical exercise.**Tables and Graphs questions**– Measures your understanding and interpreting skills. The information is presented in a graph or a table, and you’ll be asked to process the information in order to extract a solvable mathematical exercise.

**Practice Makes Perfect**- Analytical skills tests evaluate skills that you may not use on a daily basis. It is highly recommended that you practice for your analytical reasoning test so that you will become familiar with the format of the test and the type of questions on it.**Focus on an Analytical Skill Relevant to Your Needs**– If you know the specific skill you are going to be asked about, get professional! You can use our logical reasoning PrepPack, or our numerical reasoning PrepPack, that will enable you to focus only on the relevant material for the exam.**Practice Various Skills**– Employers often use unique questions to analyze and evaluate your analytical thinking ability. Fortunately, our comprehensive PrepPack includes verbal, numerical, number series, and math word problems, that will ensure full preparation for any analytical test.**Focusing on Your Weak Spots**- A guaranteed method to improve your score, even if your test is tomorrow. Aim to take a few practice tests in advance of your real test to identify your strong and weak points. Knowing this will allow you to strengthen your weaknesses just enough to secure the score you need to get the job.**Try Different Strategies for Approaching Analytical Reasoning Tests**- For example, some test takers prefer to answer the easier questions first, leaving them with more time to approach the more difficult questions. You may also find it helpful to skip the most difficult questions and only come back to them if you have time.**Master Shortcut Techniques**- Shortcut techniques like mathematical tricks could help reduce the time required for a solution by half. That leaves you more time for difficult questions and gives you a huge advantage over the other candidates.**Build your mathematical skills**– Analytical tests are widely based on mathematical skills, so if you haven’t seen an algebra question since high school - it’s time for a refresher.

What's the next figure in the pattern?

answer & explanation

Examining only the black and speckled rectangles, starting from the leftmost square:

-The upper right speckled rectangle remains in its place throughout the sequence. It is hidden by black squares.

-The bottom right black rectangle moves one place counterclockwise every step.

-The upper left rectangle moves two places clockwise every step.

Since both black rectangles overlap in the last figure, then in the next figure we expect to find one of them one place counter-clockwise and another two places clockwise, as answer 1.

See drawing below for clarification:

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