Abstract Reasoning Tests - Competency Screening Test For Hiring

Identify and Develop High Potential with Mettl Test for Abstract Reasoning

Abstract reasoning is defined as an ability to think laterally, examine problems in unique and unusual ways and make logical connections between different concepts. Candidates with strong abstract reasoning ability are likely to be creative while solving novel problems. They are likely to learn new skills quickly and can process ambiguous information efficiently.

The Mettl Test for Abstract Reasoning (MTAR) is a nonverbal test that measures the abstract reasoning ability of the test takers working in a variety of individual contributor or managerial roles. This test is suitable to be used in both recruitment and development settings. Recruiters can make use of this test for a global audience across the industries for various job roles, more preferably for entry-level or experienced level positions.

Test takers are presented with a three by three (9 cells) matrix that consists of eight cells containing geometric shapes, and one empty/blank cell/cell with a question mark. Test takers are asked to find the logical rule(s) that govern how the sequence progresses horizontally or vertically and identify from these the shape that should fill the blank space.

The MTAR has been developed in line with the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures (EEOC,1978), the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology's Principles for the Validation and Use of Personnel Selection Procedures (SIOP, 2003), EFPA Test Review Model and the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing developed jointly by the American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Association, and National Council on Measurement in Education (1999).

Use this test for:

  • Recruitment: Identify the right hires for your organization by using this test.
  • Learning and Development: Understand the current proficiency level of an employee; train and develop employees effectively.
  • Identification of High Potential: Have a healthy pipeline of future leaders.
  • Succession Planning: Fast-track high potential to retain them.

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Rigour of the Tool:

Reliability (Cronbach alpha)

0.67 to 0.72

Construct Validity

As per the Confirmatory Factor Analysis model, the fit indices were as per the norms (IFI = .927; RMSEA = .02; CFI = .919 and TLI = .903)

Criterion Validity

The MTAR score was shown to be positively correlated with analytical ability (r = .325, p <.01), critical thinking (r = .28, p <.01) innovation (r = .309, p <.05) and high potential (r = .244, p <.05)

Norming and Standardization

Normed on a sample of 2000+ respondents across the globe.

Adverse Impact

The MTAR is free from age, gender, ethnicity and language bias and appropriate for use as a global and culture agnostic tool.

Answer to common queries:

What is an Abstract Reasoning test?

The Abstract Reasoning Test is designed to measure an individual’s fluid intelligence; their ability to make meaning out of ambiguity and manage new information and solve novel problems. Please write to us for such a request and we would be glad to work out a solution for you.

Why is Abstract Reasoning important?

Abstract Reasoning measures candidates' fluid intelligence which is the ability to quickly reason with information to solve new, unfamiliar problems, independent of any prior knowledge. Abstract Reasoning is important in most workplaces as thinking on one's feet, rapidly learning new information, acquiring new skills, forming new strategies, and solving new problems on a regular basis are required.

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Relevant for Industries

  • Banking & finance
  • FMCG
  • Retail
  • Manufacturing

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