About the Raven Matrices Assessment Test

Using geometric patterns, the questions on Raven’s Matrices test measure basic cognitive functioning. There are no words in any of the questions. Every question is composed of a series of geometric shapes, with a piece missing in the final frame. You must compare the individual shapes of each set in order to find the missing piece.

Raven's Matrices was developed in the late 1930s to differentiate between genetic and environmental effects on intelligence. The Raven’s intelligence test contains no socioeconomic, cultural or ethnic bias, as it is composed solely of geometric shapes. Raven's Progressive Matrices is a well-validated assessment test and is widely used today as an accurate pre-employment screening tool.

RPM Versions

Over the last several decades, the original Standard Progressive Matrices has spawned offshoots. Advanced Progressive Matrices (APM) was launched in the last quarter of the 1900s for the purpose of assessing relevant abilities in higher level and more demanding employment fields. These include air traffic control, transportation of petroleum products and the hi-tech industry. APM later evolved into Short Advanced Progressive Matrices

Each of the three versions of the exam are presented in multiple choice format:

Standard Progressive Matrices

The initial Raven intelligence test continues to be utilized to screen applicants for supervisory and entry-level jobs in management, mid-level creative roles and positions that require decision-making, such as a purchasing agent.

The Raven consists of 60 questions which must be completed within 40 minutes. When 40 minutes have elapsed, the Raven’s test is automatically scored. You should expect to encounter questions that become progressively more difficult.

Advanced Progressive Matrices

Developed to address higher cognitive abilities, APM is composed of 36 questions. The timeframe is approximately 40 minutes. The questions will gradually become more difficult as you proceed through the exam.

If you are applying for a position in upper management or high-level technology, you will most likely encounter Raven’s Advanced Progressive Matrices.

Short APM

A quick and accurate measure of cognitive functioning, the Short APM form of Raven’s intelligence test consists of only 12 questions.In must be completed in 15 minutes. The increasing difficulty level of of the questions found on both the SPM and APM is likewise present in this shorter version.

The Short APM has been welcomed by the human resources field, as the reduced time limit cuts the cost of administering the exam.

Scoring Raven’s Test

Your final score on the Raven test is not reflective of your percentage of correct answers. The score is, instead, a percentile converted from that percentage. The percentile is based on a rank determined by the national norm.

Raven Test Preparation

By preparing with Raven practice tests, you can gain a helpful familiarity with the types of questions and overall format of the exam. JobTestPrep will soon offer a Raven assessment test practice pack to help you study for the Raven matrix test. JobTestPrep's Raven Assessment PrepPack™ will provide you with Raven practice tests, question analysis, and testing tips. These materials will be geared to not only provide you with an enhanced testing experience, but also to improve your results.