What is the Logiks General Test?
The Logiks General Test is an aptitude test that is commonly used in the recruitment process. Originally created by Cubiks, the Logiks General Test is available in Intermediate or Advanced, with most companies choosing the Intermediate level because it tests with a wider number of questions. The Advanced General Test asks 30 questions in 20 minutes, although the content is considered to be somewhat more challenging.
Cubiks, along with PSI and other talent assessment companies like Caliper, PAN, and Select International are now part of an international conglomerate called Talogy, which counts more than 10,000 companies as users of their talent management solutions across the world.
Talogy assessments like the Cubiks Logiks assessment, combine technology and psychology - and the Logiks General Intermediate Test is an online assessment that lasts just 12 minutes with 50 questions separated into three sections
Why do employers use it?
Aptitudes are an indication of future success in a role; they do not require any specialized knowledge or experience, and they are not reliant on a specific educational level to complete.
Aptitude tests like the Logiks General Intermediate Test are used as part of the recruitment process because they show the recruitment team how well a candidate can use their inherent skills in language, numeracy, and logic to solve problems.
Talogy assessments are used across the globe by companies such as:
- Coca Cola
- Royal Mail
You are most likely to come across the Logiks General Intermediate Test in the early part of the recruitment process, usually just after your CV and application form has been accepted.
Format of the test
The Logiks General Intermediate Test lasts 12 minutes, with 50 questions split into three sections. You will have four minutes to complete each section.
You will be automatically scored on the number of correct answers you give and your overall speed, with scores separated for all three sections.
Your score in the Intermediate test is displayed as a Stanine score which shows your performance compared with other test takers in a single digit from 1-9. A score of 9 shows you are in the top 4% of test takers, while a score of 1 shows you are in the bottom 4%.
The Logiks Verbal section has the most questions, but you still need to answer them within four minutes. The 24 questions will test your knowledge of basic literacy, and there are multiple-choice answers for you to choose from.
In this section you can expect to answer questions about:
- Word analogies - Finding the relationship between two words
- Odd one out - Spotting the word that does not fit with the others
- Antonyms and Synonyms - Looking for words that mean the opposite or the same
- Syllogism - This is a form of deductive reasoning, where you are required to reach a logical conclusion based on the presented facts.
In the Verbal section, you are expected to read the questions and answer quickly, and you will need a wide vocabulary and a good grasp of logical thinking to be able to answer these questions in time.
Example verbal reasoning question
Which word is a synonym of hairy?
The answer is c) Hirsute - this is a word that means the same as hairy. Spotting the synonym or antonym means having a good working knowledge of vocabulary, and you can often rule out at least one or two of the answers even if you aren't sure of the right one.
The Logiks Numerical section is timed at four minutes, and you will be expected to answer 16 questions in that time.
The multiple choice questions will test you on your general arithmetic ability and judge how comfortable you are with simple calculations and with using straightforward operators (addition, multiplication, subtraction, and division) as well as percentages, ratios, fractions, and decimals.
You are allowed to use a calculator in this section.
The questions center around:
- Number series - Finding the next number in a sequence
- Arithmetic ability - Completing simple math equations and sums
- Numerical word problems - Solving math problems that are written in words rather than as a simple equation
Example numerical reasoning question
What is the next number in this sequence? _2, 3, 5, 7, 11, ____
The answer is a) 13 - the numbers in this sequence are simply prime numbers listed in numerical order. In these questions, the number series might involve multiplication, addition, subtraction, division, or a combination of these.
Logiks Abstract Reasoning
The Logiks Abstract Reasoning section in the General Intermediate Test has 10 questions, with a four-minute time limit. Like other abstract or diagrammatic reasoning tests, the Logiks test section has questions that involve a series of shapes and images that are in some sort of sequence, with a missing item. You will need to find the rule that governs the pattern to decide which of the multiple-choice options will come next.
The patterns or rules in the sequence are not always easy to spot, but they usually involve things like rotation, growth, motion or frequency.
Tips on how to pass
1. Practice Tests
While the Logiks General Test is designed to assess your aptitudes, you can improve your performance with a bit of practice.
One of the best ways to do this is using a practice test before you start revising. Not only will you get an idea of the structure and layout of the test, as well as a feel for the tight time limit, but you will also be able to judge what the content is like so you can recognize where your strengths and weaknesses lie.
For example, if when you take a practice test you notice that you do not score as highly on the verbal section, or you struggle to answer all the questions in time in the numerical section, you might use that as evidence of where to focus your revision.
2. Brush up on your arithmetic
You are allowed to use a calculator in the Logiks General Test, but that doesn't mean you do not need to practice your math skills.
Although the test is not aimed at math graduates and the content is about school leaver level, math skills can be one of the tougher sections in the assessment for many people.
Make sure that you have some good ideas of how to solve simple equations in your head, and be sure of the different formulas for working out percentages, multiplying fractions, and dealing with ratios so that you have a plan to fall back on in the assessment just in case.
3. Read more
The only way to expand your vocabulary is to read more - and in many cases, it doesn't really matter what it is that you are reading.
Fiction from a different genre to your normal choice might expose you to some new ways of thinking, and it will definitely give you some new words to think about. Look them up if you are unsure, and always think about synonyms and antonyms.
When you are reading non-fiction work like news articles or business journals, try and think critically about what you are reading and draw some conclusions from the facts that you are being presented. Focus on formal language use here too, as this will help you in many of the verbal questions in the assessment.
4. Get used to time limits
One of the most challenging things about this test in particular is the tight time limit. There is not much space for thinking and if you spend too long answering a question, you could be missing out on the easier points later on in the assessment.
When you are practicing, whether it is a full practice test or just some example questions, try and answer as quickly as you can.
5. Get it done as soon as you can
The Logiks General Test is taken online through a portal that you will access via a link that is sent to you by email, and you will be given a set time frame to complete it.
Don't put yourself under extra pressure by leaving it to the last minute to complete - it is a fast test, but as with everything that relies on the internet there could be technical difficulties that might take some time to sort out, so get going as soon as you can.
6. The perfect test setup
Taking a test at home is quick and convenient; you don't even have to leave your bedroom or get dressed.
However, you do need to make sure that your technology is working the way that it should be - a laptop or PC connected to the internet with reliable WiFi, for example.
You should also make sure that you are not going to be disturbed while taking the test - so make sure your family or roommates know you are busy, and turn off all your notifications so you can concentrate.
7. Have everything to hand
In your test instructions, you will be told what you need to complete your Logiks General Test - so make sure you have it all ready. Update your browser to the latest (compatible) version, and have a pen, paper and calculator ready.
8. Fuel your brain
It can be nerve-wracking sitting an exam, and the Logiks General Test is no different. When you are getting close to the test day, make sure that you are giving yourself the best chance for success by looking after your body and your brain. This means eating healthy, balanced meals, staying hydrated, and getting enough sleep.
Fuel yourself and you’ll be able to perform at your best.
9. Read the instructions
Whether you have completed dozens of practice tests or not, it is a good idea to really read the instructions for the Logiks General Test before you get started.
The instructions will tell you how you need to answer the questions and what you can expect from the screen - whether that might be a countdown timer to let you know how much time is left in the assessment, or which button to press to answer the questions.
10. Come back at the end
With time definitely not being on your side in the Logiks General Test, you cannot afford to linger on more complex questions.
The multiple-choice structure of this test means that you have a one in four chance of getting it right even if you blindly guess - so if in doubt, give it your best estimate and move on. You might be able to discount one or two of the given answers anyway, which increases your odds.
You can always come back at the end and change your answer if you have time.