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About the GIA Test

Unlike most psychometric tests, the Thomas International GIA test aims to assess general intelligence rather than more advanced subject-specific abilities (e.g. numerical, verbal, or abstract reasoning).

To obtain the highest score possible, answer as many questions as quickly as you can during the course of the test. Keep in mind that most people are not able to answer all questions in the time allotted so, try not to stress yourself.

The GIA test focuses on the speed of processing information as well as your ability to learn and develop new skills. Essentially, the test uses abstract concepts, generalizations, and logical relations to measure your basic intellectual process. 

Remember, the GIA test differs from other tests as it emphasizes equality between both speed and accuracy. This is evident by the fact that the GIA test questions are sometimes considered trivial, and the challenge is to answer as many of them correctly in a very short time frame, they are given as single statements. After you have comprehended the information, you will be brought to a new screen.

For example, in the reasoning section, they the questions are given as single statements. After you have comprehended the information, you are brought to a new screen. Here you will have to remember what was said from the previous window to confirm or deny. Thus, you will be measured by your ability to quickly understand and retain the information.

Depending on your employer’s requirements, the GIA test may be taken at your home computer. Note that Thomas International, the company that brought you the GIA is now implementing touch screen features to some of their tests. Be sure to check if this feature is available for your version of the test. 

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Experts Tips for the GIA Test

We have created lists of general tips to further help develop your skills: 

1. Perhaps the most important thing to remember is that speed and accuracy are critical throughout the test.

2. Remember there is a small time frame for each sub-category section of the exam. With the large amount of questions given, very few people are able to answer every question. Thus, do not spend too much time on a single question, quickly move onto the next if you are unsure of the answer.

3. The questions are all the same difficulty level, which is not very high.

4. Develop a 'ryhthm' when answering the questions, and don't allow yourself to be stuck on any single question.

5. It is important to pay attention to your accuracy, thus refrain from guessing. Note: The questions difficulty level is relatively low, therefore even if you are not sure about the answer you will likely get the correct one if you give the question a second reading. Do try to keep those to a minimum, since speed is an essential part of the test.

6. It is important to pay attention to your accuracy, thus refrain from guessing. Note: The questions difficulty level is relatively low, therefore even if you are not sure about the answer you will likely get the correct one if you give the question a second reading. Do try to keep those to a minimum, since speed is an essential part of the test.
 

note  Note: Find additional tips and tricks at the end of each section description below.

 

  

 

 

 

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GIA’s Test Structure

The GIA test made up of 5 sections. Remember you will have very little time in each section. Thus, to ensure that you can to utilize every second, it is important to try the sample questions and read all instructions. You can find the time limit of each section in our PrepPacks™.

Let’s go through each of GIA's five sections to better familiarise you with the structure: 

1. Perceptual Speed Section

The GIA perceptual speed section checks your ability to detect errors in written, and numerical material, as well as in diagrams. Below you will find a sample question which displays four pairs of letters arranged horizontally. The first row is lowercased, the second is uppercased. Your task is to determine how many columns consist of the same letter. If all columns match, choose the answer "4" or if none match, choose "0". 

Expert Tips

 To help you answer more questions quickly, try to look at each question methodically from left to right (or right to left, whichever is more comfortable for you) and down and up the pairs, and count in your head each time the pairs match. For example, in the sample question, looking from left to right the count will be 1…-2…-. The correct answer is the number you are left with in the end (in this case is 2). Giving your eyes a set course to follow will help you increase your speed in answering this kind of questions.

Look out for letters that have similar shapes, like Q and O, b and d, and q and p. It might help you to sound the letters in your head or by whispering.

2. Reasoning Section

The reasoning section measures your ability to make assumptions based on the information provided and ultimately draw correct conclusions. This section also tests your short-term memory.

Each of the questions in this section will first present you with a single sentence. After you finish reading, you will be asked to click to the next page. Once you do, you will be presented with a short question along with 2 to 4 answer choice options, only one of which is correct. Note that in our test system the answer options will be present in the same window as the question, but in the real test they will only appear on separate pages. 

Expert tips

✔ Try reading the sentence only once to increase your speed, but be sure you comprehend it!

✔ Pay attention to the phrasing of the sentence as well as the question. There may be small, but significant differences that will change their meaning.

✔ Try memorizing the sentence in a simplified manner before clicking away. For example, if the sentence is 'Bell is shorter than Anna", you can think of it as "Anna, Bell" (the tallest first, ordered by height).

3. Number Speed and Accuracy Section 

Number speed and accuracy is measured through questions based on numerical manipulation and basic mathematical topics. In this section, you will be presented with three numbers and asked to choose which ones are furthest from the middle. The middle number has a value between the lowest and highest numbers shown. 

Expert Tips

✔ To quickly find the middle number, first look for the highest number, then ask yourself which of the other two is closest to it.

✔ Begin by looking at the hundreds or tens digit, since it might be enough to gauge the difference between the numbers. For example, if the numbers are 94 10 38, the middle number is 38, and it's easy to see that 9 is further away from 3 then 1. This means the correct answer is 94, and there is no need to look at the units digits. 

4. Spatial Visualization Section 

The GIA Spatial Visualization section correlates with mechanical reasoning tests and assesses your ability to use mental Visualization. This section aims to test your Visualization skills and your ability to use them to understand and solve problems.

In this section you will be presented with two pairs of shapes in frames. Your task is to find how many of the pairs consist of exactly the same shape. The answer choices are: 

⋙ 0: No match
⋙ 1: One pair match
⋙ 2: Both pairs match

Note: Mirrored images are not considered the same shape, however images that have been rotated are. For example, the letters "b" and "d" are mirrored images therefore are not considered the same. Meanwhile "b" and "q" are considered matching images since they are the same shape, simply rotated by 180°. 

Expert Tips

✔ To easily identify similar shapes, mentally rotate the original figure to see if it is identical to another.

✔ If it helps, do not be afraid to tilt your head in the direction of the rotation you are trying to picture. It could help you more easily visualize the rotated shape.

5. Word Meaning Section

The GIA Word Meaning section evaluates your knowledge of your vocabulary by using a various amount of words, from different parts of speech and language levels. Your ability to identify synonyms and antonyms is also being tested. The purpose of this section is to assess how well you will work when receiving written or spoken instructions.   

Word meaning questions consist of three words. Two of them will have something in common that the third will no. Your job is identifying which word is the odd one out. 

Expert Tips

✔ Similar words can be synonyms, antonyms or just have a similar meaning. They can also be two parts of the same object, or two words that belong to the same category.

✔ Read the words carefully! There can be words that have similar spelling but different meanings.

✔ Don't be afraid of unfamiliar words. If you are unsure of the meaning, focus on what you do know. If the words you know have something in common, it is likely that the word you don’t know is the odd one out

 

Scoring Method

Upon completion of the test, the final score will be compared to a norm group. The norm group will be taken from a pool of candidates in a similar profession or job level as you. . Thus, the best way to determine your needed score is to search for past results in your designated field.

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