A 2020 Guide to Spatial Reasoning Tests

 

Space is something we probably all feel we’re lacking in 2020, as our world shrinks to the size of our four walls. And while this year has certainly taken some adjusting to, there are a few positives that can come from having more hours on your hands. If you’re at a loose end, why not use your time productively to get yourself job-ready by practicing aptitude tests and interview techniques. If you’re looking for a career in the tech or architecture industry, it’s highly likely you’ll be asked to undertake a spatial reasoning test as part of the recruitment process. So use your time wisely to find out more… 

What is a spatial reasoning test?

Spatial reasoning tests look at your ability to see images in both their two and three-dimensional forms. The test will give you limited information, but ask you to work with that information to answer questions. Often you’ll have to mentally assemble or disassemble shapes and rotate them into different angles in order to solve a problem. The most popular questions you’re likely to be asked to focus on mirror images, spatial reasoning cubes, perspectives, and organizing two-dimensional shapes.

What is the format of a spatial reasoning test? 

Every aptitude test can vary, but most spatial reasoning tests require you to answer multiple-choice questions on two and three-dimensional shapes. You might be asked what the shape looks like from a different perspective, to find its mirror image, or to pick it out in its three-dimensional form. Most tests will require you to answer each question in under a minute, so it’s a fine balance between speed and accuracy – and the only way to successfully achieve that is through practice. We recommend practicing as many spatial reasoning tests as you can while you have this extra time on your hands. The questions aren’t easy, but test results are often a deciding factor for employers when it comes to the hiring process. 

How can I prepare? 

First things first, look into the kinds of companies you want to apply for, or even the specific roles. Getting a really clear sense of the type of person or people they’re after will help focus your mind and show you what’s important. Secondly, it’s crucial that you get to grips with the questions you’re likely to be asked on the spatial reasoning test. 

Put that extra time to good use by setting up a workstation in a quiet, well-lit location. This will do wonders for your concentration and will make practicing the tests in mock exam conditions that little bit easier. It goes without saying that you’ll want to time yourself taking the test, and it’s always worth setting aside time, in the end, to go through your answers and identify both strong and weak areas. 

When lockdown ends and life resumes a semblance of normality, you’ll be very pleased with yourself if you know you’ve spent your time wisely, getting one step ahead of the rest (while enjoying plenty of rest and relaxation on the side, too)!

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