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About the 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.

Covered skills:

  • Abstract reasoning
  • Diagrammatic reasoning
  • Critical thinking
  • Deductive reasoning
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9 reasons why
9 reasons why

Adaface Raven's Progressive Matrices Test is the most accurate way to shortlist Analysts

Reason #1

Tests for on-the-job skills

The Adaface Raven's Progressive Matrices 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 Test is ideal for helping recruiters identify which candidates have the skills to do well on the job.

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.

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.

Why we started Adaface ->
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.

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.

🧐 Question


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


Missing element
Which of the following figures do you think would complete the pattern shown below?
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Missing element
2 mins
Ravens Progressive Matrices


Missing element
2 mins
Ravens Progressive Matrices
🧐 Question🔧 Skill💪 Difficulty⌛ Time
Missing element
Ravens Progressive Matrices
Medium2 mins
Missing element
Ravens Progressive Matrices
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 Raven's Progressive Matrices 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 candidate’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.

Reason #6

1 click candidate invites

Email invites: You can send candidates an email invite to the Raven's Progressive Matrices 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.

invite candidates
Reason #7

Detailed scorecards & benchmarks

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.

test completion rate
Reason #9

Advanced Proctoring

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.

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.

What roles can I use the Raven's Progressive Matrices Test for?

  • Analyst
  • Graduates
  • Freshers
  • Managers
  • Data Analyst
  • System Admin
  • Front-office roles

What topics are covered in the Raven's Progressive Matrices Test?

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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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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What is the Raven's Progressive Matrices Test?

The Raven's Progressive Matrices Test is a non-verbal test used to measure fluid intelligence. The questions are in the form of a 3*3 matrix with a missing element which they need to determine from the given options. It is a reliable and valid test for measuring general intelligence.

What is the Raven's Progressive Matrices test used for?

The Raven's Progressive Matrices (RPM) is a non-verbal measure of fluid intelligence. Fluid intelligence is the type of intelligence that allows us to solve everyday problems. The main reasons recruiters prefer the Raven's Progressive Matrices test for screening candidates are how quickly the test provides valid information about a candidate's cognitive ability & how it is culture-fair since it is non-verbal.

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.

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
  • Web proctoring
  • Webcam proctoring
  • Plagiarism detection
  • 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?

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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