Abstract Reasoning Test

Learn about your logical thinking and reasoning skills using our cognitive ability assessment. It’s a free abstract reasoning test you can use for practice.

Scientific assessments, with this one grounded on Raven's Progressive Matrices.

This fluid intelligence test is based on Raven’s Progressive Matrices - a scientifically validated psychometric inventory. It assesses reasoning and analytical aptitude.


Gyfted’s free online cognitive skills quiz provides you with insights into your logical, analytical, and reasoning abilities. You will be able to better understand your abstract thinking and non-verbal reasoning when it comes to problem-solving in the workplace and in your career journey.

Why is this of value to me?

Knowing your fluid intelligence can help you develop. IQ assessments help you understand what can fit your talents and help you grow personally, as well as professionally.
This cognitive aptitude test is anonymous and useful for understanding what your problem-solving and logical deduction skills are like. Use this assessment as a tool to further develop your fluid intelligence.

How you can use this test?

Ways you can use your online analytical aptitude test results:
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Frequently asked questions

What is reasoning ability?

Reasoning ability is required every day and is relevant in the workplace. This includes prioritization of tasks, choosing approaches to fulfilling them, as well as picking the right people to delegate them to.
Reasoning ability refers to critical thinking, analytical and evaluation skills. Yet, it also includes wider skills such as abstract and creative thinking, information processing and problem-solving skills. It is a general ability, and reasoning aptitude can be influenced by a number of factors such as one’s experience, background, knowledge and emotions. It is meant and used as an objective assessment tool.

What types of reasoning are there?

Reasoning ability differs from one person to another. There are different types of reasoning so a person may use one or more types of reasoning to solve a specific problem. Types of reasoning include:
- Inductive reasoning is used to identify patterns and come to conclusions while predicting trends based on available information.
- Logical thinking includes implementing set rules to come to a conclusion. This approach is used during research, planning and strategizing, analyzing data, and developing work processes.
- Abductive reasoning involves making observations and finding possible causes and explanations of a phenomenon.
- Critical thinking involves observing the situation, looking at different perspectives, effects of the situation, and identifying the best solution which is also known as problem-solving skills.
- Intuition means making subconscious decisions. Such an approach is not scientifically backed, yet, widely used.

What is the difference between non-verbal and verbal reasoning?

Non-verbal reasoning is the ability to understand and analyze visual information as well as solve problems based on that. Visual reasoning and problem-solving skills are tested using pictures and diagrams. Examples include recognizing visual sequences, identifying relationships, similarities, and differences between shapes, patterns, and objects.
Verbal reasoning is the ability to use language to identify and solve problems beyond formal literacy. It is tested using tasks on spotting letter sequences, following written instructions, thinking about text, and others written tasks.
Essentially, verbal reasoning works with words, while non-verbal reasoning works with pictures and diagrams.

What is fluid intelligence?

Fluid intelligence is the ability to think, comprehend and reason abstractly and solve problems quickly and independently of previous knowledge. Thus, it is considered to be autonomous of learning, experience, and education. Fluid intelligence is required to come up with problem-solving strategies in new or uncertain areas.
As opposed to fluid intelligence, crystallized intelligence includes recalling stored knowledge and past experiences. Fluid and crystallized intelligence are closely interlinked, and as humans we tend to employ both during problem-solving.

What are Raven's progressive matrices?

Raven’s Progressive Matrices is a visual pattern fluid intelligence test that aims to measure non-verbal aptitude - intelligence and abstract reasoning. In other words, it tests IQ only to a degree, but is rather more focused on fluid intelligence. Raven’s Progressive Matrices gets participants to analyze shapes, incomplete pictures, and patterns in order to identify the missing element. As the name suggests, the test is progressive, meaning that questions can get harder as the test progresses. The task is normally presented in the form of a matrix, hence the name Raven's matrices.

What are cognitive skills?

Cognitive skills are key drivers for thinking, reading, learning, remembering and reasoning. Together they take in and process the information and turn it into knowledge that is then used on a daily basis at work or in personal life.

How to test IQ?

IQ stands for intelligence quotient and it measures one’s reasoning aptitude and problem-solving skills. It compares how well a person did on a specific test to other people of their age group. Common IQ tests include Stanford-Binet, Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, and Leiter International Performance Scale. All these tests are conducted under expert supervision. Raven’s Progressive Matrices fluid intelligence test is another approach that is a scientifically validated self-assessment to test one’s reasoning ability.
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