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Raven's Progressive Matrices Test

The pre-employment Raven's progressive matrices test is a non-verbal ability test used to measure abstract reasoning and fluid intelligence. Candidates are presented with questions in the form of a matrix with a missing element which they need to determine. This is a completely non-linguistic test so it is fair across cultures, making it a popular choice for recruiters.

Customized Based On:

  • Experience/ difficulty level
  • Multiple skills in 1 assessment
  • Job description/ role requirements

Covered Topics:

Abstract reasoning
Critical thinking
Diagrammatic reasoning
Deductive reasoning
Inductive reasoning
Pattern matching
Spatial reasoning
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Sample Raven's Progressive Matrices Test Questions

These are just a small sample from our library of 10,000+ questions. The actual questions on this Raven's Progressive Matrices Test will be non-googleable.

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Missing element
Which of the following figures do you think would complete the pattern shown below?


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About the Adaface Raven's Progressive Matrices Assessment Test

Evaluate aptitude and cognitive ability with Adaface skills assessment platform powered by an intelligent chatbot.


Abstract Reasoning
Critical Thinking
Diagrammatic Reasoning
Deductive Reasoning
Inductive Reasoning
Pattern Matching
Spatial Reasoning
General Intelligence
Visual Geometric Design
Missing Piece
Cognitive Ability

Standard Progressive Matrices


Colored Progressive Matrices


Advanced Progressive Matrices

Information Analysis
Item Response Theory
Fluid Intelligence

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Why You Should Use This Raven's Progressive Matrices Test

The Adaface Raven's Progressive Matrices Online 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.

The insights generated from this assessment can be used by recruiters and hiring managers to identify the best candidates for various roles. Anti-cheating features enable you to be comfortable with conducting assessments online. The Raven's Progressive Matrices Online Test is ideal for helping recruiters identify which candidates have the skills to do well on the job.

About Raven's Progressive Matrices Test

Raven's Progressive Matrices (also known as Raven's Matrices) are multiple-choice intelligence tests of abstract thinking created by Dr. John C. Raven in 1936. Candidates are asked to identify the missing piece that completes a pattern in each test item. The exam gets its name from the fact that many patterns are provided in the shape of a 4x4, 3x3, or 2x2 matrix.

Different Versions

The matrices are presented in three distinct ways for individuals of varying abilities:

  • Standard Progressive Matrices: These were the matrices' original form, originally published in 1938. The booklet is divided into five sets (A–E) of 12 items each (e.g., A1–A12), with items within a set growing increasingly harder, demanding ever higher cognitive ability to encode and process information. All objects are printed in black ink on white paper.

  • Colored Progressive Matrices: This exam is intended for younger children, the elderly, and persons with moderate to severe learning disabilities. It includes sets A and B from the conventional matrices, as well as a set of 12 items added between the two as set Ab. To make the exam visually appealing for participants, the majority of objects are displayed on a coloured backdrop. However, the last few items in set B are shown as black-on-white; this eases the transition to sets C, D, and E of the standard matrix if a subject surpasses the tester's expectations.

  • Advanced Progressive Matrices: The advanced variant of the matrices has 48 elements, divided into two sets of 12 (set I) and 36 (set II) (set II). Items are displayed in black writing on a white backdrop once more, and grow progressively challenging as the set progresses. These things are suitable for adults and teenagers with above-average intellect.

Distribution Of Test Scores

The actual score distribution will vary based on your candidate pipeline quality, but you should typically expect ~20% of the candidates to do well on Adaface assessments.

The score distribution for our assessments follow the normal curve. This is a good sign- standardized tests like SAT and GRE follow the normal distribution (bell curve).

Status quo assessments typically have the exact opposite of the bell curve (too many candidates getting close to 0, too many candidates getting close to 100 and too few candidates in the middle). This is typically because they focus on theoretical questions or trick questions, which are very binary in nature- either you know the trick/ theory or you don’t.

How Adaface Is Different

Adaface conversational assessments are reflective of on-the-job skills and see an 86% completion rate as compared to ~50% for traditional assessment platforms.



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What is a custom assessment?

Every role is different and requires a custom assessment to identify top candidates efficiently. Adaface subject matter experts understand your job description/ role requirements and pick the most relevant questions from our library of 10000+ questions to create a technical assessment that helps you find the qualified candidates in your candidate pipeline quickly. All custom assessments are set up based on the job description, role requirements, must-have skills, experience level and salary range within a maximum of 48 hours and you will get an email notification once it goes live.

Check out a sample assessment here (no credit card required).

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.

How is Adaface different from other assessment tools?

We believe that status quo tech assessment platforms are not a fair way for companies to evaluate engineers because they focus on trick questions/ puzzles/ niche algorithms. We started Adaface to help companies find great engineers by assessing on-the-job skills required for a role. Read more about why we started Adaface.

Here's what's different with Adaface:

  • High quality non-googleable questions that test for on-the-job skills as opposed to theoretical knowledge.
  • A friendly conversational assessment with a chatbot, instead of sending a "test" to a candidate. This translates to a higher completion rate. Adaface assessments (86% candidate completion rate), as opposed to traditional tests (40-50% candidate completion rate)
  • Customized assessments for 700+ skills at different experience levels.

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

We have the following anti-cheating features in place:

  • Web proctoring
  • Webcam proctoring
  • Plagairism detection
  • Non-googleable questions
  • Secure browser

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?

The platform is completely self-serve, so here's one way to proceed:

  • You can sign up for free to get a feel for how it works.
  • The free trial includes one sample assessment (Java/ JavaScript) that you will find in your dashboard when you sign up. You can use it to review the quality of questions, and the candidate experience of a conversational test on Adaface.
  • To review the quality of questions, you can also review our public questions for 50+ skills here.
  • Once you're convinced that you want to try it out with real assessments and candidates, you can pick a plan according to your requirements.

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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