Spatial Reasoning Skills

We have designed spatial reasoning aptitude tests for the British Army.

What are they?

Spatial reasoning tests the interpretation of 3D representations. In particular, Spatial Reasoning Tests assess to vizualize spatial representations of objects.

Spatial reasoning aptitude tests

Why test reasoning skills?

Such spatial reasoning abilities are vital for work effectively in design, construction and engineering professions. In fact, spatial reasoning skills are important for any profession where there is a need to operate complex machinery or to design/draw in two or three dimensions.

Use of standardised Reasoning Tests

A standardised test gives everyone the same set of questions. This helps to ensure that the selection process is fair to all applicants.

When conducted online, the standardised results are available as soon as an individual finishes their test. By allowing each candidate’s results to be compared with all the other applicants, a clear picture is provided of each applicant’s skills. In this way high performers are differentiated from low performers.

Bespoke Reasoning Test designs

Firstly, as with any aptitude test design, the test’s difficulty level and language needs to match the role’s level.

Secondly, Rob Williams Assessment Ltd has created spatial reasoning tests, such as paper folding tests for use with the armed forces in the UK. This large project involved designing over 20 SJTs, realistic job previews and ability tests. These included numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning and abstract reasoning tests. This huge psychometric design project also included new personality questionnaires and career guidance tests.

Thirdly, the three primary abilities we identified as important for successful performance when training to be a British Army Soldier were as follows:

  • Firstly – Numerical ability – the ability to solve mathematical problems and to analyse numerical information
  • Secondly – Verbal ability – the ability to understand and to work with written information
  • Thirdly – Spatial ability – the ability to identify patterns and relationships between shapes. This is particularly important for problem-solving, dealing with new situations, and learning from experience.

Spatial reasoning aptitude tests

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Spatial reasoning aptitude tests