Specific Abilities

The tests in this section test your ability to detect patterns in numbers and to visualise objects in space.  These are clearly aspects of what our brains can do and they demonstrate a kind of intelligence.  However, since they are not always included as measures of traditional IQ they are presented separately.Special abilities : there are many specific abilities or aptitudes that could be seen as forms of intelligence.  Examples include aptitudes for learning a musical instrument, a foreign language, mechanical concepts, manual dexterity.Suggestion: use these tests to experience tasks that use a different part of your brain which may help you in different aspects of your life.

Numerical Computation Test (NCT-SA)

You will be given a ‘target’ number.  You then choose from 6 other numbers to make the target number with the appropriate operations (add, subtract, multiply, divide).  Level 1 involves addition. Level 2 involves addition and subtraction.  Level 3 involves all four rules including the use of brackets.  Don’t be fooled – this is harder than it looks!

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Numerical Patterns Test (NPT-SA)

These tests require you work out why the numbers presented form a pattern – this is usually a sequence of numbers changing according to certain rules.  For Level 1  you have a sequence of numbers in a line and you have to work out which number is missing.  For Level 2 there are two series of numbers to work with.  For Level 3 you are presented with a matrix of 16 numbers to work with.

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Spatial Aptitude Test (SAT-SA)

You will be presented with a flat design which, when folded makes a shape. You will need to choose from 4 alternatives the only shape that could be made from the design. The 3 levels increase the complexity of what you have to visualise.

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Abstract Patterns Test (APT-SA)

You will be presented with six images (the A pattern) all of which have something in common – there is a rule that makes them similar.  Another 6 images (the B pattern) will use a different rule.  You will need to decide whether decide whether a further image fits the A or B pattern or neither.  There are 2 levels of difficulty and then a 3rd level which uses pictures instead of shapes.

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Abstract Matrices Test (AMT-SA)

These tests present images (either shapes or pictures) in a 3×3 matrix – but one image is always missing.   You must choose one of 6 images further images that fits best in the missing box.  ‘Best’ means identifying a logical sequence either across or down the matrix or both.  There are 2 levels of difficulty and then a 3rd level which uses pictures instead of shapes.

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Verbal Analogies Test (VAT-SA)

These tests require you to identify a relationship between two words or concepts and apply that logic to a second pair of words? This was once the most common format to use when measuring verbal reasoning and was part of many ‘IQ’ tests. Today they are still used especially in the field of education.

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