Logical reasoning tests (also known as critical reasoning tests) are designed to assess a candidate’s ability at skills such as how to interpret patterns, number sequences or the relationships between shapes. As such they have much in common with diagrammatic tests, as well as abstract reasoning tests and inductive reasoning tests. There are also verbal versions of logical reasoning tests, examples of which we’ll cover in more detail below.
Unlike numerical or verbal reasoning tests which ask candidates to say if a statement following on from a short passage is true, false, or impossible to tell (such as those used by SHL), logical reasoning tests assess a candidate’s ability to use structured thinking to deduce from a short passage which of a number of statements is the most accurate response to a posed question. This involves the ability to isolate and identify the various components of any given argument.