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How do Syllogisms work?

Does your job application require you to pass a syllogisms test? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered! offers realistic test simulations developed by psychologists with years of experience designing tests for large publishers such as CEB/Gartner, Talent Q, Kenexa and TalentLens.

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What does a Syllogism Test assess?

Ability tests are a typical part of the selection process, or for development within the workplace. Syllogism tests are one of the most commonly used aptitude tests that come up during a job application. Syllogism tests are standardized psychometric assessment tests that provide the employing organization with information about a candidate’s deductive and logical reasoning skills. 

A syllogism is a type of logical argument composed of three parts, being 2 premises (a major premise and a minor premise), and a conclusion inferred from the provided premises. A premise is a proposition that is used as evidence in an argument, while a conclusion is asserted by the logical result of an argument based on the relationship of the stated arguments. Remember to always only focus on the information provided in the premises and conclusions; don’t use general knowledge when solving syllogism questions.

What you should know about Syllogism Tests

Employers choose to use psychometric testing during their recruitment process to help give a better overall evaluation of candidates and their suitability for the job that they’re applying for. Psychometric testing could help to gauge the future performance of candidate's and also improve employee retention by making successful hiring decisions.

The most common way for employers to use aptitude tests such as syllogisms, is online. Traditionally, aptitude tests have taken the form of pen and paper but due to benefits such as saving valuable time and money, online testing is used more and more frequently. Undertaking aptitude tests is usually the follow-up action after an employer has accepted your CV or initial job application form. 

If you pass the online test in some cases you are invited to an assessment centre, which is usually done by larger employers. The term assessment centre is used due to the fact that employers conduct these extended assessment in a single centre, either an office of the employers themselves or at a third party venue. The assessment centre is often (but not always) a day that constitutes the final stage of the application process. At the assessment centre they will ask you to sit a repeat test at the assessment centre to verify your earlier test scores, therefore don’t get your friends or family to help you out during the online test! 

Preparing for an assessment centre or online aptitude test can be stressful due to the fact that you don’t know what to expect. The best way to familiarize yourself is with practice aptitude tests that mimic the tests used by employers and recruiters. We have prepared thousands of candidates for their assessments and aptitude tests by offering realistic test simulations with fully worked solutions.

By practicing syllogisms tests you can improve your performance during the real test by familiarizing yourself with the format and time-pressure. Important characteristics of syllogism tests are:

  • Syllogism tests are usually multiple-choice (only one option is correct in each case).

  • Syllogism tests are administered under exam conditions and strictly timed. The given time per test differs per test publisher; some tests give relatively generous time limits, while others are shorter.

  • Test takers are usually permitted to use a rough sheet of paper. Use this to your advantage and draw Venn diagrams to solve the syllogisms.

  • No prior knowledge is required; this means that you do not have to memorize anything.

Tips and tricks to ace your Syllogisms Test

Doing some research about the tests that you need to take is the most important step in preparation for any aptitude test. If you know what to expect you will increase your chances of performing well due to the fact that you’re familiar with the formats. Also, by practicing aptitude tests you will reveal your own strengths and weaknesses that you can work on in preparation for the actual assessment.

Therefore, we advise you to find out the test publisher and exact name of the tests that you are about to take, and then contact us to get more details about this test.

These effective test-taking strategy tips and tricks are well worth remembering before you take the actual syllogisms tests:

  • Practice, practice and practice some more to ace your assessment and aptitude tests!

  • Read the question and instructions properly. Even though this seems logical, often candidates miss out very important information. Multiple-choice tests use so called ‘distractors’ as answer possibilities. These distractors are answers options which are deliberately similar to the right answer; in other words, the answer possibilities are designed to test if you read the question and provided information property.

  • Be prepared with a pen and a piece of paper when doing the online test.

  • Don’t cheat. This is an important one. Many employers use verification tests to validate your previous results, to see if you have collaborated on your test. Large test publishers often use software that compares your response patterns and performance between the online test and the follow-up supervised test.

How to solve a Syllogisms Test?

The premises in a syllogism always contain concepts that are or aren’t connected. The trick is to draw out the premises like in the example below.

The premises are:

All movies are interesting.

No movie is horror.

All Horrors are epic.

Here you see, Horrors are a subset of Epic and movies are a Subset of Interesting, but there is no overlap in Epic and Interesting.


Watch out you don’t use your own knowledge to reason. Some premises aren’t logical, but you have to assume them as true for these tests.

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Measures your deductive- and logical reasoning ability. Conclusions are drawn from given statements that need to be judged on validity.
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