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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. For example, GIA test questions are sometimes considered trivial. Oftentimes, they are given as single statements. After you have comprehended the information, you will be 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. Furthermore, 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 are short time limits for each section and a relatively large number of questions. It means that it is unusual for test takers to answer all the questions in any given section. You should not skip questions, nor delay on any question.

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

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

5. It is also important to be accurate – do not guess in order to answer more questions. Remember the level is relatively low, so you will likely get the correct answer if given a second reading, but do try to keep those to a minimum, since speed is an integral part of the test.

6. Since speed is important, do not move onto the next section unless you understand the instructions and sample questions.

Note: find additional tips and tricks at the end of each sample question.

JobTestPrep's practice tests consist of questions in the level of the real test. Therefore, by doing the practice tests on JobTestPrep you prepare the skills as well as accuracy and speed assessed in the GIA test.  


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GIA’s Test Structure

The GIA test is broken down into 5 sections. Remember you will have very little time in each section. Thus, to ensure you are able to utilize every second, it is important to try the sample questions and read all instructions. Find the time limit of each section found in our PrepPacks™:

​Although the overall score of GIA test measures ‘trainability’, each of the five GIA sections measures a specific cognitive function. Let’s go through each one to better familiarize you with the structure:

1. Perceptual Speed Section

This test examines your ability to mentally rotate objects. As you can see in the sample question below, you will be presented with four pairs of letters, arranged horizontally. One letter will be an uppercase, the other lowercase. Your task is to determine how many of the pairs contain the same letter. If all pairs match, choose the answer ‘4’ or if none match choose ‘0’. 

Perceptual Speed - Sample Question
Note: You have 3 minutes to answer 40 questions.

GIA test sample question 1


✔️ The correct answer is 1.

“Q” and “q” are the only vertical pair which contains the same letter - one is an uppercase and the other is a lowercase.


  • To help you answer more quickly, try looking at each letter methodically from left to right and down and up, counting each matching pair as you go. By remaining consistent with the questions, your eyes will more easily pick out the answers, increasing your overall speed.
  • Be wary of similar shapes such as Q and O, b and d, along with q and p. It may help if you sound the letters out in your mind or whisper.

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2. Reasoning Section

Reasoning is in the category of verbal as the test measures your ability to make assumptions based on the information provided and ultimately draw conclusions. This test assesses your ability to hold information in short-term memory and solve problems.
Additional questions present single sentences. After you finish reading the sentence, you will be asked to go to a new page. Here there will be a short question along with 2 to 4 answer options. There will only be one correct answer. Note that our answer options will be present in the same window as the question which will not be true for the real test. 


Reasoning - Sample Question
Note: You have 2.8 minutes to answer 25 questions.

GIA test sample Reasoning

✔️ The correct answer is Darcy.

Since Darcy has more superficial understanding of the subject - it means that she has less thorough understanding of the subject.
This section might be challenging because of two reasons: First, you have to answer the questions very quickly.
The second reason is that when you take your test, you won't be able to see the question until you click the "Click here" button. However, Once you click to the new window, you will not be able to go back and reread the sentence.


  • 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).

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3. Number Speed and Accuracy Section

Number speed and accuracy is measured through questions based on numerical manipulation and basic math questions. The purpose is to measure how well you can work comfortably with quantitative concepts.

In this section, you will be presented with three numbers and asked to choose which ones are furthest from the middle.   


Number Speed and Accuracy - Sample Question

Note: You have 96 seconds to answer 20 questions.

GIA test sample question Number Speed and Accurac


✔️ The correct answer is 25.

The middle number (25) has a value between the lowest (18) and highest (30) numbers shown.


  • To quickly locate the middle number, find the highest number first, then ask yourself which number is closest to it.
  • If you find yourself overwhelmed by digits in the tens or hundreds, examine the digit on the left side of the final number. For example, if the numbers are 94, 10, and 38, consider the 9, 1, and 3. Now it is easier to conclude that 38 is the middle number.

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4. Spatial Visualization Section

It also correlates with tests on mechanical reasoning by assessing an individual’s ability to use mental visualization skills and compare them to shapes. The purpose is to put you in an environment where visualization skills are required to understand and execute tasks.
In the spatial visualization section of the GIA test, you will be presented with two pairs of shapes, each contained within a box. Your task is to determine how many pairs are exactly the same shape. The answer options are:

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

It is important to note that shapes that are mirrored images (flipped) are not considered the same. For example, the letters “b” and “d” would not be considered the same since they are mirrored images of one another. However, “b” and “q” are considered the same since they are the same shape rotated by 180°.  


Spatial Visualisation - Sample Question
Note: You have 96 seconds to answer 20 questions.

GIA test sample question Spatial Visualisation

✔️ The correct answer is 2.



  • 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.

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5. Word Meaning Section

Word meaning falls under the category of verbal reasoning. It evaluates your word knowledge and vocabulary by assessing the comprehension of multiple words from different parts of speech. Furthermore, your ability to identify the words that have similar or opposite meanings is also checked. The purpose is to assess the ability to work in environments where a clear understanding of written or spoken instructions is required.

In this section of the test, each question will consist of three words. Two of them will have something in common while the third word will not. Your task is to identify which of the words is the odd one out.


Word Meaning - Sample Question
Note: You have 2.5 minutes to answer 31 questions.


GIA test sample question  word meaning


✔️ The correct answer is fragrant.

Flamboyant and demure are adjectives that describe the character or behavior of a person, while fragrant describes the smell of a person or an object.


  • 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 any of the words have something in common, likely, the word you don’t know is the odd one out.

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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.




Things to Remember

In a quick recap, the goal of the Thomas GIA test is to determine how well you will respond to training if hired. The test is broken down into variants of abstract, numerical, and verbal questions. Each section of the test is filled with an unrealistic amount of questions given the short time frame. It is your job to remain calm and answer as many questions as humanly possible. Your score will be determined on both your accuracy and speed.


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