Abstract Reasoning Test | Revelian Platform

Updated 6 months ago by Amy Tranter

The Revelian Abstract Reasoning Test (RART) is a traditional, 10-minute timed assessment that a person's ability to solve conceptual problems by identifying relationships and analysing patterns. It predicts a person's capacity to effectively solve complex problems.

Measure abstract reasoning ability

Assess the ability to solve conceptual problems by identifying relationships and analysing patterns.

Predict abstract aspects of job performance

Results from the Abstract Reasoning Test predict each candidate’s capacity to effectively solve complex problems.

32 questions

Candidates will complete up to 32 questions that will measure their ability to accurately process abstract information.

Time

The Abstract Reasoning Test is timed and will take candidates 10 minutes to complete.

Request a demo

You can demo the assessment for yourself. Simply request a demo here.

Please note: Demos are un-scored and a report will not be generated.

Defining abstract reasoning

The Abstract Reasoning Test measures a person’s ability to solve conceptual problems by identifying relationships and analysing patterns.

Abstract reasoning has strong links to job performance in a variety of roles – generally, any roles that require the ability to make decisions using conceptual information.

Why use the RART?

Many roles require a high level of abstract ability. Abstract reasoning is most relevant to occupations where a high level of problem-solving skills are required, where candidates must learn new information quickly and develop creative ideas. Abstract reasoning becomes more important as a predictor of job performance as the complexity of the job increases. However, abstract reasoning is useful for any occupation, as it is a good indicator of potential.

A candidate who does well on the RART is likely to:

  • grasp concepts quickly-even those which are new, ambiguous or complicated
  • develop creative ideas and come up with innovative solutions
  • solve problems effectively using non-verbal communication
  • make sound, logical decisions based on abstract information.

The candidate experience

The test has 32 questions and candidates have 10 minutes to complete as many questions as they can.

In the example question shown below, the candidate needs to determine which items don’t belong with other items. Each question requires the candidate to acquire information in abstract form, and then retain, organise and manipulate that information to answer the question correctly. The questions become more difficult as the candidate progresses.

RART Example question

Scoring

Once candidates complete the RART, their raw score out of 32 is compared to one or more normative comparison groups to provide you with percentile scores, that indicate how their scores compare to those of the selected normative groups.

Normative comparison groups

Depending on your configuration, you may be able to compare your candidates to one or more of the following normative groups:

  • General population - individuals from a broad range of industries and management levels
  • Management level - a graduate group is available for the RART
  • Company benchmark - a benchmark of your own employees, which can be selected from a specific department, location or role.

Reports

Individual report

You'll usually receive a candidate's RART report within 10 minutes of them completing the assessment. Depending on your configuration, you may receive a summary version of the report (which includes a link to the full version) or the full version of the report. The content below refers to the full version.

Position report

You may also receive an overall position report that allows you to compare all of your candidates' performance on the assessment.

Feedback reports

In some cases, your candidates may also receive a feedback report once they complete the RART, which gives them a very high level overview of their results. You can view an example candidate feedback report here.

Please don't provide copies of the individual or position reports to your candidates. They contain content, or links to content, about the performance of other candidates and how the candidate ranks against them, so it's not appropriate to provide this information to candidates. The only report that is suitable for candidates to view is the feedback report, which they may receive automatically once they complete the assessment.

Understanding the individual RART report

When a candidate completes the test, they’ll get a raw score out of 32, which is then compared against other people who’ve also completed the test.

In the example below, the candidate has been compared against two different groups, which gives you a tiered perspective of their performance.

RART results

Score verification

When a candidate is retested under supervised conditions for verification purposes, a 'V' will appear beside the candidate's score (as shown in Table 1 above). The verification test includes different questions, which were matched in format and difficulty to the questions in the original test that the candidate completed. This process is used to confirm the validity of the candidate's original test scores. If a candidate's score was confirmed when retested, then their original score is verified and retained in the report.

Considerations

  1. Although abstract tests are accurate, a candidate's results may be influenced by such things as the environment in which the test was taken and their comfort with the testing process. Therefore, the candidate's test score should be considered as an approximation of their level of abstract reasoning ability.
  2. It is important to note that this assessment requires a year 10 level of Australian English. The results of candidates who do not possess a year 10 level of Australian English may be adversely affected by their English proficiency. In such cases, the candidate's score will reflect a combination of their English skills and abstract reasoning ability, and will not provide an accurate approximation of their level of abstract reasoning ability.

Additional resources

Technical manual (Information brief)

Example individual report (summary version)

Example individual report (full version)

Example position report

Example candidate feedback report


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