SHL Inductive Reasoning and Deductive Reasoning

SHL works with companies worldwide to provide data-driven insights about how workforces are operating. One of the ways they do so is through psychometric tests designed to test the specific abilities of prospective employees. Businesses across the world use SHL tests to recruit candidates for careers.

The Inductive Reasoning and Deductive Reasoning assessments will test your ability to use the information given to you to reach a conclusion. The difference is that deductive reasoning assesses your ability to use general information to reach specific conclusions. Inductive reasoning is the opposite — you will be expected to use specific information to reach general conclusions.

What is SHL inductive reasoning?

While these are two separate tests, they both measure your logical reasoning skills. You may encounter one, or both, as pre-employment screening exams. They are formatted relatively the same.

For each, there are three exam types you might encounter:

  • Verify G+ Non-interactive – The Non-interactive version of this exam is essentially a multiple-choice test. You will have 20 minutes to answer 18 questions for the deductive reasoning test. For the inductive reasoning test, you will have 24 minutes.
  • Verify G+ Interactive – The interactive version of the test is activity-based, and it will expect you to drag and drop information into its correct area. You will have 18 minutes to answer 12 questions for the deductive reasoning exam and 15 minutes to answer 18 questions on the inductive reasoning test.
  • CEB – Similar to the non-interactive exam, the CEB version will give you 18 multiple-choice questions that you are expected to answer in 20 minutes for the deductive reasoning exam. You will have 24 questions to answer in 25 minutes for inductive reasoning.

Exam Preparation

The best way to prepare for either of these exams is through practice tests that will expose you to the exact types of questions you’ll be expected to answer on the day of the actual test. When taking these practice assessments, make sure that you time yourself so that you can understand how you would perform under an environment similar to that which you will be put under when you take the real assessment.

Once you understand how you performed, you’ll see where you can improve! Invest in several practice tests to keep you on your toes and expose you to as many potential example questions as possible.

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