Measuring spatial reasoning abilities

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Every day we face situations that call for our spatial abilities. Locating yourself in the street, analysing diagrams and plans, playing video games or picturing how things might look from another angle all involve our spatial reasoning abilities.

As its most basic, spatial reasoning involves the ability to create, understand and differentiate spatial patterns, along with drawing conclusions and solving problems based on these visualisations.

REASONING - SPATIAL measures the spatial reasoning abilities of an individual and offers a reliable estimation of his ability to combine concepts based on projective skills.

These abilities are of most importance in the areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), but they can also useful in other professions, as spatial intelligence goes beyond cognitive skills providing a more comprehensive view of ideas and concepts.


REASONING - SPATIAL assessment is recommended for recruitment to positions in STEM domains in particular, but also for jobs that require mental manipulation of 2D and 3D objects.
People with high spatial abilities would be more comfortable interpreting diagrams and graphs, or generating abstract and schematic mental images.

Selection for Universities / Business Schools

Nowadays, the student potential is evaluated mainly on the basis of verbal and numerical abilities, spatial skills being often ignored.

As a result, students with excellent spatial skills who do not perform well on verbal or numerical tests are at a disadvantage.

Thus, STEM courses such as those in the engineering and physical sciences are missing talented students during the admissions.

Recent studies have shown that spatial ability can play an important role in the development of creative thinking and innovation.
By detecting and cultivating these skills, universities and business schools may offer better opportunities to improve student innovation potential.

Target groups: STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) and no- STEM professions such as marketing or design.
Questionnaire: 8 questions
Time: 16 minutes maximum (timed)
Languages: English, French, Spanish, Hindi, and Nepali

Key features

  •  Evaluates a candidate's general intelligence (IQ)
  •  Uses original and varied questions
  •  Provides detailed solutions to the questions (on demand)

Spatial intelligence includes different dimensions.
REASONING - SPATIAL measures an essential dimension of spatial intelligence: mental rotation.
This ability requires very good skills in mental visualisation skills since it is about to mentally represent a complex object and repositioning it in time and space.
Mental rotation is useful in everyday life and in many professional fields, for example in interior architecture, sculpture or pottery, even in haute couture.

  • Overall scores
  • General description of reasoning abilities
  • Comparison between STEM and no-STEM population
  • Test solutions (this feature is activated on demand)

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