A spatial aptitude test measures your ability to manipulate shapes
in two dimensions or to visualize three-dimensional objects
presented as two-dimensional pictures. Spatial apttiude tests
often involve the visual assembly and the disassembly of objects
that have been rotated or which are viewed from different angles
or objects that have different markings on their surfaces.
Spatial aptitude is required in technical and design jobs, for example; architecture, engineering, surveying and design. It is also important in some branches of science where the ability to envisage the interactions of 3 dimensional components is essential.
Spatial aptitude tests do not involve analysis and reasoning, they are purely a test of your ability to mentally manipulate shapes and figures. Remember, you are not looking for the logical relationship between figures - what you are trying to do is form mental images and visualize movement or change between them.
Example Spatial Aptitude Test Questions
1) Which figure is identical to the first?
2) Which figure is identical to the first?
3) Which figure is identical to the first?
4) Which group of shapes can be assembled to make the shape shown?
5) Which pattern can be folded to make the cube shown?
Spatial aptitude tests often involve the visual assembly and the disassembly of objects that have been rotated, which are viewed from different angles or objects that have different markings on their surfaces. Generally speaking, if the questions involve the manipulation of 2 dimensional objects then they are probably fairly straightforward, but you will be challenged to answer them all in the time you are given. If the questions involve the manipulation of 3 dimensional objects then many people find them extremely difficult. This is one skill which can be significantly improved with practice.
These sample question papers each contain 45 questions and have a
suggested time limit of 20 minutes each. The questions are
presented in Letter/A4 format for easy printing and self-marking.
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