The Lloyds Banking Group Graduate Programme will open its applications for Summer 2015 on Intern Avenue soon. For some of the candidates applying (Commercial Banking Coverage and Products), it will be mandatory to complete an Inductive Reasoning Test, part of a series of Psychometric Tests. They have gained popularity in recent years as the number of applicants for each graduate position increases and more tools are required to select the top candidates efficiently and fairly.
So what are Inductive Reasoning Tests and why do employers use them?
Otherwise known as ‘abstract reasoning’, ‘diagrammatic’ or ‘abstract aptitude’ tests, inductive reasoning tests measure someone’s ability to logically solve a problem. A candidate who uses their brain to find multiple solutions to problems and is flexible in their thinking is a highly desired candidate for all types of employer. Testing this is typically achieved through giving candidates a selection of graphics in a series and allowing them to deduce from that information what patterns exist and what the next graphic could be. Much of these ‘scenarios’ in the tests mimic business problems in real life, so organisations want to know how adept you would be at dealing with them.
The tests typically involve patterns of rotation, reflection, replacement, alternation and translation. Getting to grips with each of these will make sure you are prepared for your test. Below is a common and simple example, and a few more useful tips can be found on Graduate Wings.
Smart and Fast – Inductive Reasoning tests are often timed, so you want to make sure your answers are as accurate as possible in the short space of time given. You can improve these skills by making sure you…
Practice – training your mind to look for patterns of transformations will serve you well and put you in the right mindset for the test. There are some great practice tests you can take on 123 Test, Psychometric Tests and Assessment Day. Time yourself on your practice runs, allowing up to 30 seconds for each answer.
Prepare for the test to get harder – often, the test will start out simply and increase in complexity nearer the end, so don’t assume the starting questions will be the template for the following ones.
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