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What is a Spatial Ability Test?

Spatial Ability is the ability to understand reason and remember spatial relations among objects and space. Spatial ability is also referred to as Spatial Visualization, Spatial Reasoning, or Spatial Intelligence.

What is a Spatial Reasoning Test?

Spatial Reasoning tests measures the ability to think about objects in 3 Dimensions and to draw conclusions about those objects from limited information.

Which Skills Do These Tests Measure?

Spatial ability tests measures four common types of spatial abilities which include spatial or visuo-spatial perception, spatial visualization, mental folding and mental rotation. People with high visual-spatial intelligence are good at remembering images, face, and fine details, which will help them excel on the test.
  1. Spatial or visuo-spatial perception - the ability to perceive spatial relationships in respect to the orientation of ones body despite distracting information. Spatial information such as features, properties, measurement, shapes, position and motion. This ability is sometimes used in Map/Floor Reading.
  2. Spatial visualization - is the ability to mentally represent visual appearances of an object, and spatial imagery which consists of mentally representing spatial relations between the parts or locations of the objects or movements. This skill is sometimes measured through Matching Parts type questions.
  3. Mental Folding - is the complex spatial visualization ability that involves the folding of 2D pattern or material into 3D objects and representations. This ability can been seen in Understanding Patterns type questions.
  4. Mental Rotation - the ability to mentally represent and rotate 2-3 Dimensional objects in space quickly and accurately, while the objects features remain unchanged. Rotated Blocks is a perfect example of mental rotation.

Types of Spatial Ability Test Questions

Spatial Oreintation - Map/Floor Reading

Map/Floor Reading

This section will ask test takers to locate points and routes of specific locations on floor plans, maps or pictures. These types are questions are usually found on exams when applying to become a firefighter or police officer. During the test it may be required to memorize the image after which questions will be asked based on the image.

Spatial Reasoning 2D-3D

Understanding patterns

These questions measure the ability to transform two-dimensional figures into three-dimensional figures and/or vice versa.

Matching Parts - Assembly

Matching parts

This spatial visualization question measures a candidate's ability to mentally turn, flip and piece shapes together. This skill is used in mechanical tests specifically for when dealing with parts.

Mental Rotation

Rotated blocks

This section requires test takers to identify which rotated shape among the answer choices is the same as the original shape in the question.

Flexibility of Closure

Flexibility of Closure

These types of questions measures the ability to identification of a pattern buried within a large and cluttered pattern. This skill is particularly used in police work.


Other Question Types

  • Spatial Analysis - this section will ask questions that measure the ability to take different spatial views and mentally combine them into a three-dimensional figure.
  • Block counting - These questions requires the test taker to count three-dimensional blocks, which may be visible or hidden.
  • Identifying Hidden Figures - The questions in this section require candidates to find geometric shapes placed inside more complicated figures.
  • Hand-eye coordination - these types of questions can come in three different formats
    1. Letter-symbol coding – this section requires the identification of codes that are hidden in symbols and letters.
    2. Inspection tests – this section requires a close analyze of a given figure and answer questions relating to the figure (i.e. how many squares are found in columns A and B of the figure?).
    3. Examining objects and mazes – in these questions, given objects are to be examined and classified according to a given set of codes or rules.

Jobs with Spatial Reasoning

Spatial Reasoning tests can change depending on the position or field they are intended for. This way, employers can check if the applicants have the specific spatial intelligence needed for the job.

For instance, many public safety positions such as firefighters, police, and 911 dispatchers are required to have a good working knowledge of how to find a relationship between different objects or figures. When applying to a public safety position candidates may see the spatial ability section referred to as spatial orientation.

Spatial Visualization tests are also often used in the recruitment process of engineers, architects, chemists and more.
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How is Spatial Ability Tests Used?

Spatial Ability Tests and Spatial Reasoning Tests are used for different pre-employment hiring processes.

As an engineer you will need to mentally visualizes the interactions of the parts of a machine or building that he or she is assigned to design or work with.

As a mechanic, you will need to understand the relations and mechanics inside of a car, he or she is relying on their spatial perception to understand it's visual framework.

As a police officer or a firefighter, you will need to be able to identify the most efficient route to drive from one location to another. Candidates will need to be able to imagine how something would look when it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. They will also be confronted with diagrams or floor plans, which may be a mirror image or some other variant of an area.

By becoming familiar with how spatial abilities are seen on the test you will become more prepared for the actual exam. Our practice tests will help you succeed on the test, so that you can get the position you desire.

Prepare for Spatial Ability Tests

Spatial ability tests are becoming a more integral part of the job recruitment process. Today, more than 70% of employers use assessment testing as competition for desirable roles grows, therefore, preparing for the test has become crucial. JobTestPrep provides practice packs which include, practice tests, score reports, and answers with explanations that cover all the necessary skills needed to succeed on spatial ability tests.
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