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About the test:

The Inductive Reasoning test evaluates a candidateโ€™s ability to solve problems through a logical and methodical approach. You can use this test to find candidates who have the analytical mindset to solve novel and unfamiliar problems.

Covered skills:

  • Analytical Thinking
  • Abstract Reasoning
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Problem Solving
  • Conceptual Thinking

9 reasons why
9 reasons why

Adaface Inductive Reasoning Assessment Test is the most accurate way to shortlist Fresherss

Reason #1

Tests for on-the-job skills

The Inductive Reasoning Test helps recruiters and hiring managers identify qualified candidates from a pool of resumes, and helps in taking objective hiring decisions. It reduces the administrative overhead of interviewing too many candidates and saves time by filtering out unqualified candidates at the first step of the hiring process.

The test screens for the following skills that hiring managers look for in candidates:

  • Analyzing complex problems and identifying patterns
  • Coming up with creative and innovative solutions
  • Recognizing and understanding abstract concepts
  • Thinking critically and logically
  • Identifying trends and patterns
  • Applying logical reasoning to solve problems
  • Understanding and applying conceptual frameworks
  • Identifying cause-effect relationships
  • Drawing conclusions based on limited information
  • Identifying relationships between different elements
  • Applying logical thinking to solve real-world problems
  • Recognizing and understanding analogies
  • Identifying and understanding logical sequences
  • Recognizing and understanding patterns in data
  • Applying inductive reasoning to make predictions
Reason #2

No trick questions

no trick questions

Traditional assessment tools use trick questions and puzzles for the screening, which creates a lot of frustration among candidates about having to go through irrelevant screening assessments.

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The main reason we started Adaface is that traditional pre-employment assessment platforms are not a fair way for companies to evaluate candidates. At Adaface, our mission is to help companies find great candidates by assessing on-the-job skills required for a role.

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Reason #3

Non-googleable questions

We have a very high focus on the quality of questions that test for on-the-job skills. Every question is non-googleable and we have a very high bar for the level of subject matter experts we onboard to create these questions. We have crawlers to check if any of the questions are leaked online. If/ when a question gets leaked, we get an alert. We change the question for you & let you know.

How we design questions

These are just a small sample from our library of 10,000+ questions. The actual questions on this Inductive Reasoning Test will be non-googleable.

๐Ÿง Question


Odd one out
From the shapes given below select the odd one out.


Sequence Completion
Pattern Recognition
Complete the following sequence.


The Algorithmic Artistry
Pattern Recognition
James, a software engineer, is studying the behavior of a complex algorithm in a software. He has noticed the following patterns:

1. Each time the algorithm encounters a data structure of type A, it reduces its operation time by 50%.
2. Whenever the algorithm processes a data structure of type B, the operation time doubles.
3. The algorithm has an internal timer that resets its operation time to normal after it has processed three data structures of any type.
4. If a data structure of type B is processed right after type A, the operation time triples instead of doubling.

Currently, James observed the algorithm processing one data structure of type A and two of type B in succession. Given these patterns, what can James most likely predict about the algorithm's operation time for the next data structure?
A: The operation time will triple.
B: The operation time will return to normal.
C: The operation time will be halved.
D: The operation time will double.
E: The operation time cannot be predicted.


The Mysterious Migration
Pattern Recognition
Dr. Robert, an ornithologist, has been studying a bird species known for their long-distance migration. He found the following patterns:

1. The birds begin their migration every year in mid-September.
2. A significant change in temperature in their current habitat triggers their migration.
3. Before migration, there is a marked increase in their feeding behavior for about a month.
4. The migration always coincides with the flowering of a particular tree species along their migration path.

Currently, it's the beginning of September. There has been an unusual temperature drop in the past week. The birds have been showing increased feeding behavior since early August. The particular tree species has started to flower and is expected to be in full bloom by mid-September. Based on these patterns, what can Dr. Robert most likely predict about the bird migration?
A: The birds will begin their migration earlier than usual.
B: The birds will begin their migration in mid-September as usual.
C: The birds will delay their migration this year.
D: The birds will not migrate this year.
E: The birds will migrate but on a different path.


The Unforeseen Outbreak
Data Analysis
Dr. Emma, a public health officer, is investigating a sudden outbreak of an unknown illness. Over the past month, she has documented the following patterns:

1. The illness seems to be more prevalent in districts with higher air pollution levels.
2. Symptoms start appearing 5-7 days after exposure to the unknown agent.
3. Individuals who spend more time outdoors have a higher likelihood of getting infected.
4. The number of cases tends to spike on weekends.

Today is Monday. The local weather report predicts a wind carrying pollutants from the industrial area towards the city center in the next two days. A large outdoor festival is scheduled to take place on Saturday. Given these circumstances, what can Dr. Emma reasonably predict about the illness outbreak?
A: A spike in the number of cases will occur in the city center this week.
B: The number of cases will remain constant this week.
C: The number of cases will decrease this week.
D: The number of cases will spike in the industrial area this week.
E: The number of cases will spike next week.
๐Ÿง Question๐Ÿ”ง Skill


Odd one out

2 mins

Inductive Reasoning


Sequence Completion
Pattern Recognition

2 mins

Inductive Reasoning


The Algorithmic Artistry
Pattern Recognition

2 mins

Inductive Reasoning


The Mysterious Migration
Pattern Recognition

2 mins

Inductive Reasoning


The Unforeseen Outbreak
Data Analysis

2 mins

Inductive Reasoning
๐Ÿง Question๐Ÿ”ง Skill๐Ÿ’ช DifficultyโŒ› Time
Odd one out
Inductive Reasoning
Easy2 mins
Sequence Completion
Pattern Recognition
Inductive Reasoning
Easy2 mins
The Algorithmic Artistry
Pattern Recognition
Inductive Reasoning
Medium2 mins
The Mysterious Migration
Pattern Recognition
Inductive Reasoning
Medium2 mins
The Unforeseen Outbreak
Data Analysis
Inductive Reasoning
Hard2 mins
Reason #4

1200+ customers in 75 countries

customers in 75 countries

With Adaface, we were able to optimise our initial screening process by upwards of 75%, freeing up precious time for both hiring managers and our talent acquisition team alike!

Brandon Lee, Head of People, Love, Bonito

Reason #5

Designed for elimination, not selection

The most important thing while implementing the pre-employment Inductive Reasoning Test in your hiring process is that it is an elimination tool, not a selection tool. In other words: you want to use the test to eliminate the candidates who do poorly on the test, not to select the candidates who come out at the top. While they are super valuable, pre-employment tests do not paint the entire picture of a candidateโ€™s abilities, knowledge, and motivations. Multiple easy questions are more predictive of a candidate's ability than fewer hard questions. Harder questions are often "trick" based questions, which do not provide any meaningful signal about the candidate's skillset.

Science behind Adaface tests
Reason #6

1 click candidate invites

Email invites: You can send candidates an email invite to the Inductive Reasoning Test from your dashboard by entering their email address.

Public link: You can create a public link for each test that you can share with candidates.

API or integrations: You can invite candidates directly from your ATS by using our pre-built integrations with popular ATS systems or building a custom integration with your in-house ATS.

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Reason #7

Detailed scorecards & benchmarks

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Reason #8

High completion rate

Adaface tests are conversational, low-stress, and take just 25-40 mins to complete.

This is why Adaface has the highest test-completion rate (86%), which is more than 2x better than traditional assessments.

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Reason #9

Advanced Proctoring

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About the Inductive Reasoning Online Test

Why you should use Pre-employment Inductive Reasoning Test?

The Inductive Reasoning Test makes use of scenario-based questions to test for on-the-job skills as opposed to theoretical knowledge, ensuring that candidates who do well on this screening test have the relavant skills. The questions are designed to covered following on-the-job aspects:

  • Analyzing complex problems to find patterns
  • Solving abstract puzzles using logical reasoning
  • Recognizing and understanding patterns in data
  • Applying analytical thinking to solve problems
  • Developing conceptual models to understand phenomena
  • Identifying relationships between different concepts
  • Using deductive reasoning to draw logical conclusions
  • Applying inductive reasoning to make accurate predictions
  • Generating and verifying hypotheses based on evidence
  • Applying critical thinking to evaluate information

Once the test is sent to a candidate, the candidate receives a link in email to take the test. For each candidate, you will receive a detailed report with skills breakdown and benchmarks to shortlist the top candidates from your pool.

What topics are covered in the Inductive Reasoning Test?

  • Analytical Thinking

    Analytical thinking involves breaking down complex problems into smaller components, examining patterns and relationships, and drawing logical conclusions based on evidence and data. It is an important skill to measure in this test as it assesses a candidate's ability to reason and solve problems systematically, which is crucial in many professional roles.

  • Problem Solving

    Problem solving is the ability to identify, analyze, and develop effective solutions to challenges and obstacles. It requires applying logical reasoning, critical thinking, creativity, and decision-making skills to resolve complex issues. Evaluating a candidate's problem-solving skills in this test provides insights into their ability to handle complex tasks and find innovative solutions.

  • Abstract Reasoning

    Abstract reasoning involves reasoning logically and conceptually to identify patterns, relationships, and connections between non-verbal information. It assesses a candidate's ability to think creatively, make sense of complex information, and draw inferences without relying on prior knowledge or context. Measuring abstract reasoning in this test aids in evaluating a candidate's cognitive abilities and their aptitude for tasks that require conceptual thinking.

  • Conceptual Thinking

    Conceptual thinking is the ability to understand and apply abstract ideas and concepts in problem-solving and decision-making. It involves the capacity to see the bigger picture, identify underlying principles, and develop insights beyond superficial analysis. Measuring conceptual thinking in this test allows recruiters to assess a candidate's ability to think conceptually, analyze complex situations, and formulate strategic solutions.

  • Pattern Recognition

    Pattern recognition is the ability to identify and comprehend recurring patterns or trends in data, information, or stimuli. It involves recognizing similarities, differences, and relationships between elements to make predictions and draw conclusions. Assessing a candidate's pattern recognition skills in this test provides insight into their ability to identify patterns, make accurate observations, and apply those insights to problem-solving and decision-making.

  • Full list of covered topics

    The actual topics of the questions in the final test will depend on your job description and requirements. However, here's a list of topics you can expect the questions for Inductive Reasoning Test to be based on.

    Abstract patterns
    Conceptual classifications
    Analogical reasoning
    Logical syllogisms
    Shape patterns
    Number sequences
    Verbal analogies
    Pattern recognition
    Figural series
    Logical deductions
    Symbol series
    Spatial visualization
    Logical relationships
    Word patterns
    Number series
    Visual matrices
    Verbal classification
    Rule identification
    Logical connectivity
    Data interpretation
    Abstract reasoning
    Problem solving
    Pattern completion
    Spatial reasoning
    Conceptual understanding
    Verbal reasoning
    Non-verbal reasoning
    Critical thinking
    Analytical thinking
    Inductive inference
    Logical analysis
    Pattern identification
    Conceptual thinking
    Logic puzzles
    Abstract logic
    Pattern generalization
    Visual reasoning
    Reasoning with symbols
    Logical reasoning
    Pattern recognition
    Analogical problem solving
    Abstract thinking
    Concept recognition
    Rule-based reasoning
    Logical interpretation
    Deductive reasoning
    Problem analysis
    Pattern construction
    Spatial orientation
    Quantitative reasoning
    Logical sequences
    Verbal deduction
    Conceptual reasoning
    Pattern extraction
    Cognitive flexibility
    Critical analysis
    Logical inference
    Data analysis

What roles can I use the Inductive Reasoning Test for?

  • Freshers
  • Graduates
  • Analysts
  • Developers
  • Entry level roles
  • Programmers

How is the Inductive Reasoning Test customized for senior candidates?

For intermediate/ experienced candidates, we customize the assessment questions to include advanced topics and increase the difficulty level of the questions. This might include adding questions on topics like

  • Evaluating and interpreting abstract concepts
  • Creating and implementing logical algorithms
  • Identifying anomalies and outliers in data
  • Identifying and understanding complex relationships
  • Applying problem-solving strategies to overcome challenges
  • Applying data analysis techniques to extract insights
  • Utilizing mathematical principles to solve problems
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The hiring managers felt that through the technical questions that they asked during the panel interviews, they were able to tell which candidates had better scores, and differentiated with those who did not score as well. They are highly satisfied with the quality of candidates shortlisted with the Adaface screening.

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Inductive Reasoning Hiring Test FAQs

What is an Inductive Reasoning Test?

An Inductive Reasoning test evaluates a candidate's ability to solve problems logically and methodically. A pre-employment assessment that analyses a candidate's analytical thinking mindset, such as the Adaface Inductive Reasoning Test, can assist you in recruiting the right candidate for your organization.

What questions will the Inductive Reasoning Test include?

The Adaface Inductive Reasoning Test includes questions where the candidate is required to spot patterns in a series of graphics and solve different types of problems such as:

  • Predict the next image in the series
  • Pick the odd one out
  • Find the missing image of the series

What skills does this Inductive Reasoning Test assess?

  • Ability to think conceptually and analytically
  • Ability to think quickly on your feet and apply logic in the problem-solving approach
  • Ability to work with unfamiliar information and think in abstract terms to find solutions

How do I use the Inductive Reasoning Test in our hiring process?

Once all the candidates have been given the inductive reasoning test, a detailed scorecard for each candidate is provided to help you understand the extent to which each candidate has the inductive reasoning ability. You can shortlist candidates by eliminating ones who score below a certain threshold.

Can I combine multiple skills into one custom assessment?

Yes, absolutely. Custom assessments are set up based on your job description, and will include questions on all must-have skills you specify. Here's a quick guide on how you can request a custom test.

Do you have any anti-cheating or proctoring features in place?

We have the following anti-cheating features in place:

  • Non-googleable questions
  • IP proctoring
  • Screen proctoring
  • Web proctoring
  • Webcam proctoring
  • Plagiarism detection
  • Secure browser
  • Copy paste protection

Read more about the proctoring features.

How do I interpret test scores?

The primary thing to keep in mind is that an assessment is an elimination tool, not a selection tool. A skills assessment is optimized to help you eliminate candidates who are not technically qualified for the role, it is not optimized to help you find the best candidate for the role. So the ideal way to use an assessment is to decide a threshold score (typically 55%, we help you benchmark) and invite all candidates who score above the threshold for the next rounds of interview.

What experience level can I use this test for?

Each Adaface assessment is customized to your job description/ ideal candidate persona (our subject matter experts will pick the right questions for your assessment from our library of 10000+ questions). This assessment can be customized for any experience level.

Does every candidate get the same questions?

Yes, it makes it much easier for you to compare candidates. Options for MCQ questions and the order of questions are randomized. We have anti-cheating/ proctoring features in place. In our enterprise plan, we also have the option to create multiple versions of the same assessment with questions of similar difficulty levels.

I'm a candidate. Can I try a practice test?

No. Unfortunately, we do not support practice tests at the moment. However, you can use our sample questions for practice.

What is the cost of using this test?

You can check out our pricing plans.

Can I get a free trial?

Yes, you can sign up for free and preview this test.

I just moved to a paid plan. How can I request a custom assessment?

Here is a quick guide on how to request a custom assessment on Adaface.

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