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Figural Reasoning Test (FRT) or Non-Verbal Testing

Figural reasoning tests (FRT) are another common name given to abstract, inductive and diagrammatic reasoning tests. Learn more about what this exam entails, and practice for it online with JobTestPrep.
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About the FRT Exam

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. They do so by assessing how well you can 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 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 Exam Measure?

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 are administered in several different formats and 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 their tests are very similar. Many of these tests stem from of academic research performed by psychology faculties at universities. The tests are then developed by the research teams of these companies. In addition, gifted children tests also contain figural reasoning sections, e.g. the OLSAT.

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