Spatial Reasoning Test

Timing: 8 minutes

The Spatial Reasoning Ability Test taps the process of mentally picturing what the three dimensional result of a pattern would look like when the pattern is folded up. Within spatial reasoning, it is generally accepted that there are considered to be three main factors “ spatial relation or rotation” where the shape needs to be mentally rotated, “Spatial orientation”-where a shape needs to be looked at from a different viewpoint and “visualisation”.

This type of measure is generally considered useful when looking at people involved in doing tasks involving engineering, construction, design and certain arts and crafts. Studies have also shown that there is often a strong correlation or relationship between people with good spatial reasoning and good mechanical reasoning ability. This assessment is a useful indicator when considering someone who might be good at mechanical related activities, but may be perceived as a fairer methods as it measures pure potential whereas mechanical reasoning questions are often attainment loaded and therefore can be difficult to separate out potential versus knowledge.

The patterns include the standard cube, pyramid and cuboid shapes as well as some less familiar shapes. Many of these shapes are commonly used in engineering and various fields of design.