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Non Verbal Aptitude Test Measures Your Reasoning Ability

How do you see the world – as pictures, as sounds, as words or numbers? Take a non verbal aptitude test to measure your perceptions, how you see patterns, classify drawings, and how you interpret or use analogies. A non verbal aptitude test can even measure your knowledge in fields you do not even know you know about.

These tests are not popular for screening job applicants, but are usually used to help students decide what higher education and careers to pursue. Schools use these tests as it is at school you start considering your future and understanding your natural aptitudes. School introduces you to many new ideas, concepts and skills and you start learning what you like and dislike.Schools are also in the position to measure young people’s abilities in mechanics, mathematics and the sciences.An employer may use a non verbal aptitude test when screening a job applicant from a developing country to measure their understanding of the culture and language in their new country.

Measure your Intelligence

Non verbal tests require you to use visualization and do not relate to language; rather they measure how you visualize objects. They are classified as performance tests and you cannot use paper and pencil to help you answer the questions. You have to use only your mind to visualize the answers and find relationships between what you see. These tests succeed where others fail because they measure skills that may not be as readily apparent such as artistic skills, drawing, painting, designing,and so on.

They measure a range of non verbal abilities that may not be detected otherwise in childhood. They are given mostly to young children to test what they have natural talents for and, if they are gifted, to screen them for special educational programs.But you can take a non verbal aptitude test to measure the way you see things to help you decide your future career.

Detecting Patterns in a Non Verbal Aptitude Test

One section of the test will have you identify the next pattern, shape or figure in pattern sets. The answer is based in a continuation of an object, or figure and you will select the figure that fits correctly as the next piece of the pattern.

Find Relationships between Pairs

Part of the non verbal test focuses on finding analogous relationships between pairs, or sets of figures, and to then see parallel or similar relationships between completely different pairs of figures.

How do you Divide Concepts?

A non verbal aptitude test also measures how you divide and organize your ideas into different areas. For example, if you have hundreds of photos you may divide them into dates and subjects to store them for ready access.

How you respond to this section of the test measures your ability for quick, accurate thinking and how you work under pressure. The type of questions you will encounter in this section will ask you to find the object or figure that is different from all the others or does not fit in. You will need to assess the interrelationships to give the correct answer.

Are there any Limitations?

All aptitude and intelligence testing have limitations of some sort, but you have to decide what is important. Limitations of the non verbal aptitude test include:

• Non verbal tests have very few instructions and you need to quickly perceive what you need to do which may be difficult for some people.

• It may be confusing for people whose English is a second language.

• Though different societies have different cultures even at the nonverbal levels, yet most of the nonverbal aptitude tests claim that they are culturally fair intelligence tests.

• There is a criticism that these tests can be useful only for the children in their early ages, as the adults should be judged by their academic achievements or the verbal ability tests.

Practice before you Sit your Test

If you are taking a non verbal aptitude test, make sure you practice interpreting pattern sets and recognizing interrelationships between different objects and how they can link to unrelated sets of objects. Practice dissecting objects in your mind – try flipping them, looking at them from different angles and even put them back together again as a different object.Get online and take as many practice tests that you can to give you an idea of what to expect before you sit your test. Knowing what you will face during the test gives you the confidence to do well on the day.

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