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Adaptive Profile Reasoning

The Adaptive Profile Reasoning (AP Reasoning) test is a measure of applied logical reasoning. Logical reasoning abilities are an important predictor of success in nearly all professional and managerial positions, and are involved in learning, making predictions, understanding quantitative information, and in problem solving and complex decision making. This type of test is valid in a variety of industries including manufacturing, insurance, financial services, healthcare, and technology.

High scorers tend to have an excellent ability to learn new skills and quickly integrate complex information, draw rational inferences, solve novel problems and make sound decisions based on data, facts and other information that exceeds the ability of most people.

The AP Reasoning test is designed to be administered using computerized adaptive testing (CAT) and requires less than 25 minutes to complete. The test items require test takers to draw logical conclusions or inferences based on the information provided. Since in-person testing is not always viable, this assessment is designed to be used in an unproctored setting, which increases the likelihood of cheating. Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) significantly reduces this risk and provides several additional benefits as well.

  • Secure—Virtually every candidate gets a unique string of test items from a large item pool, so the integrity of the test is much less likely to be compromised.
  • Quick and convenient—Candidates spend less time testing because each item is matched to their estimated ability, resulting in fewer delivered items, and they can take the test online.
  • Unproctored—The costs associated with monitoring and hosting test sessions are eliminated.
  • Accurate—Each test is tailored, allowing for accurate estimates of all ability levels.

Key Features


  • Selection
  • Development
  • All levels of executive and managerial jobs
  • Professional and technical jobs

Skills Assessed

  • Logical reasoning
  • Makes sound decisions
  • Analyzes problems
  • Demonstrates systems thinking


  • Adaptive, web
  • 25 minutes


  • Arabic
  • Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin)
  • Dutch
  • English (American and British)
  • French (Canadian and European
  • German
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Portuguese (Brazil and Portugal)
  • Russian
  • Spanish (American and European)
  • Thai
  • Turkish

Sample Items

Example 1

Some of the employees who work day shift also work double shifts. Based on the information above, which of these statements MUST be true?

A. All employees who work day shifts also work double shifts.
B. Some employees who work day shifts do not work double shifts.
C. None of the employees who work day shifts also work double shifts.
D. Some of the employees who work double shifts do not work day shifts.
E. Some employees who work double shifts also work day shifts.

The correct answer is “E” because the question states that “some of the employees who work day shifts also work double shifts,” so it can be concluded that some employees who work double shifts do in fact work day shifts.

Example 2

There are six meeting rooms in the building: G, H, I, J, K, and L.
I is larger than J.
G is larger than I.
There is one room that is smaller than G but larger than I.
K is larger than both G and H.

Based on the above information, which of the following is a possible ordering of the rooms, from largest to smallest?

A. L, H, I, K, G, J
B. J, G, L, I, K, H
C. K, G, H, I, J, L
D. G, K, J, I, L, H
E. K, L, G, J, I, H

The correct answer is “C” because it correctly lists the rooms in order from largest to smallest.