J.P. Morgan Inductive Reasoning Test

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About J.P. Morgan Inductive Reasoning Tests

J.P. Morgan looks for employees with a high inductive ability. Some applicants have to pass a inductive test before being offered a position, depending on the field that they are applying for.

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J.P use the following tests in their selection process:

  • SHL numerical reasoning test
  • SHL verbal reasoning test
  • SHL inductive reasoning test
  • SHL Situational Judgement Test

JP Morgan is one of the world’s largest investment banks and one of the most recognised names in the financial sector, with over 100 office locations worldwide.

Inductive reasoning testsare a fair and objective way for J.P. Morgan to assess a wide range of applicants, each having different experiences and different qualifications. By analysing the results of a standardised inductive reasoning test, J.P. Morgan are able to quickly see which candidates are suitable for the role and which are not. This sort of information about candidates’ skills is difficult to glean from interviews and qualifications alone, so they use professional psychometric tests.

J.P. Morgan Application Process Stages

Here is the typical process for your application to J.P. Morgan, though it may vary between position level and sector.

Stage 1

Online Application

Applicants start with an online application: you will need to provide personal details (background, education and work experience) as well as to upload a copy of your CV and a cover letter.

Stage 2

Online Aptitude Test

Once the application has been received, candidates will be invited to take a numerical reasoning tests. Successful completion of this test could result in the need to also complete some or all of the following psychometric tests : verbal reasoning, inductive reasoning, & or a situational judgement test. These tests are provided by SHL.

  • Situational Strengths Test
  • Numerical Reasoning Test
  • Business Behaviours Test
  • Social Mobility Questionnaire

The Situational Strengths test is very similar to a situational judgement test with some differences in the format of the questions asked. Videos may be used to make the descriptions of each scenario more interactive and immersive. The numerical reasoning is slightly different to most numerical reasoning tests, because it is wirten by Cappfinity, who use an alternative style for answering some of the questions. You can find out more about Cappfinity's numerical assessments here. The Business Behaviours test falls under the category of a personality questionnaire. Answer these questions honestly and truthfully. We have a sample version of a personality questionnaire here if you wish to see what they're often like.

Stage 3


Successful applicants will be invited for an interview. Depending on the sector that you have applied for, you may be asked a combination of competency, motivational, self-awareness or technical questions.

Stage 4

Assessment Centre

Candidates who are invited to the final stage of the application process - the assessment centre - will complete a combination of the following tasks: a fast-track test, role-play, a case study & presentation, and a group exercise.

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J.P. Morgan Inductive Reasoning Test Questions

Like most inductive tests, the one used by JP Morgan looks at your ability to think logically and methodically. You will have to work against the clock to spot patterns in the sequence of graphics. JP Morgan uses SHL. Their inductive reasoning tests vary slightly in length depending on level: typically around 25 minutes. The format will be a series of five symbols which follow a logical pattern. Candidates will have to select from the multiple choice options which symbol comes next in the series, or which symbol is missing from the series. SHL's Verify range of tests have the option of a follow-up test in which the candidate is asked to re-take a shorter version of their first test. This can be used by the assessor to assess consistency and response patterns, and help identify the risk that the original test had not been completed by the candidate in question.

Inductive reasoning tests and who uses them

Inductive reasoning tests are one type of psychometric test frequently used in selecting applicants for job roles such as engineering and IT.

J.P Morganuse inductive reasoning tests as part of their recruitment process to help them select the best candidates for a particular role.

So as as a graduate or senior candidate applying for a job at J.P. Morgan you might feel like the inductive reasoning test is an unnecessary hoop to jump through. But you should bear in mind that J.P. Morgan are asking you to complete the inductive test as much for your own benefit as theirs; if you are not suitable for the role, a psychometric test will usually identify this. Research has shown that psychometric tests, such as those used by J.P. Morgan, are a better predictor of job performance than traditional selection metrics such as level of degree achieved.

What you should know before taking your inductive reasoning test

The most common form of inductive reasoning test involves spotting what patterns exist in a series of graphics. The patters are usually one of, or a combination of, the following: rotation; alternation, translation, reflection and replacement. If you practice you will learn to look for these transformations. If you think you have come up with the pattern, check it applies to every item in the sequence and you've found it. One of the reasons these tests are popular is they are entirely international; no language barrier exists as it is purely symbolic

Different types of inductive tests

term inductive reasoning is used only commercially by the test publishers SHL or cute-E. Other test publishers tend to use other descriptions even though their format may be similar, for example: abstract reasoning, diagrammatic reasoning, or logical reasoning. This can make it quite confusing as a candidate! The best thing to do is contact the employer or company who has invited you to take the test. They are usually very helpful and will likely provide you with at least more information on the nature of the test, or sometimes a few example questions.

Answered questions

Are these tests suitable for J.P. Morgan?

Yes. J.P. Morgan use SHL's reasoning tests to assess applicants in the recruitment process. The practice tests we provide have been designed to mimic SHL's style to create an environment similar to the real assessment. This provides you with confidence that the questions you practice with us now are an accurate reflection of the real assessment.

How difficult are your tests?

The same difficulty as real tests. Generally real employer selection tests don't differ that much in terms of difficulty which is why they compare your score against norm groups. Our practice tests are pitched roughly at graduate level, but this means they are actually suitable for preparing for all levels of job: entry; apprentice; graduate; senior; director.

Are they compatible with my Mac / Tablet / Phone?

Yes, and PC, and Linux and smartphone and Android and...everything. Our practice tests will run on all systems and they are responsive so they will work well on tablets and smartphones too!

How many times can I take the tests?

Unlimited. You can take our practice tests as many times as you like; there is no limit. But to be honest, after taking the same test a few times you start to remember the answers, so that’s why we have lots of tests.