Microsoft Logical Reasoning Test

Microsoft looks for employees with a high logical reasoning ability. Applicants have to pass a logical test before being offered a position.

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Microsoft use the following tests in their selection process:

  • Situational strength test
  • Inductive reasoning test
  • Microsoft mechanical test
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About Microsoft Logical Reasoning Tests

Logical reasoning tests are a fair and objective way for Microsoft to assess a wide range of applicants, each having different experiences and different qualifications. By analysing the results of a standardised logical reasoning test, Microsoft 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.

Often, Microsoft will ask applicants to take a logical test online, which you can take from home. When the logical test is used early on in the application process like this you will have to achieve a minimum score before you progress to the next round (typically a score in the top 50% of applicants is required however this does vary role to role). Further along in the selection process you might be asked to attend an assessment centre or interview where you will be asked to sit a logical test again. This is so Microsoft can verify the person scoring highly in the test is indeed the person applying for the job.

Microsoft Application Process Stages

Here is the typical process for your application to Microsoft.

Stage 1

Application

The whole application process will vary depending on the Microsoft region you are applying to. Some of the stages may not apply, and some may appear in a different sequence. However, all will require that you complete an application form.

Stage 2

Online Aptitude Test
Verbal, numerical, logical and/or situational strength

Once your application has been reviewed and successfully passed screening, an online assessment will be employed. Once again, each region will operate under their own system.

Stage 3

Interview

Upon passing the psychometric tests, you will then be asked to take part in an interview. Typically, in an interview you will be given a set of questions to respond to. You will then use the software provided to record your responses to these questions. Responses are typically 30 seconds to a minute long. Use the freedom here to plan your responses to the questions well, even if that means redoing the recording. Ensure that your answers are relevant to the questions asked.

Stage 4

Assessment Centre

For the final stage of the process you will be invited to an assessment centre and asked to take part in some exercises:

  • Commercial exercise and interview
  • Written exercise
  • Psychometric tests

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Microsoft Logical Reasoning Test Questions

Like most logical tests, the one used by Microsoft look at your ability to interpret abstract data, such as patterns created from shapes and shades, and answer questions which require identification and extrapolation of these patterns. The logical test will be assessing your speed and accuracy. The answers are multiple choice and you should try to work quickly within the time limit, but also accurately. Negative marking is unlikely to be used but do not guess answers, as this will show up in your accuracy score. Sometimes you will find that you can make a best guess estimate by deducing that some of the answer options are incorrect. This approach to logical tests will come with practice, and you will become familiar with the type of logical tests used by companies such as Microsoft.

Companies are using logical reasoning test more and more in their application process that candidates must go through. Logical reasoning tests are favoured to assess a candidate's general level of abstract intelligence or reasoning ability. A person's score in a logical reasoning test is a good indicator of their ability to work well with new concepts and to spot patterns. This can be important in any sector or position.

Microsoft use logical reasoning tests as part of their recruitment process to help them select the best candidates for a particular role.

So as a graduate or senior candidate applying for a job at Microsoft you might feel like the logical reasoning test is an unnecessary hoop to jump through. But you should bear in mind that Microsoft are asking you to complete the logical 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 Microsoft, are a better predictor of job performance than traditional selection metrics such as level of degree achieved.

The logical operations required in standardised logical tests are of a level which most applicants can achieve. The difficult aspect comes with identifying the patterns, especially when there are multiple differences in each example of the pattern, quickly and accurately within the time limit. Here is a list of the most common operations you can expect in your logical test:

  • Changes in size of shape
  • Reflection
  • Transformation
  • Greyscale shading, stipes, dots or other ways of making shapes more distinct
  • Rotation

Most questions in most logical reasoning tests follow a standard format displaying a pattern of images, the question and answer options on screen. These can be arranged differently, but each test will stick to the same layout throughout. The images may contain shapes, such as squares, triangles, and circles, or more symbols, such as arrows, currency signs, and other special characters. The question text may contain extra information which adds to what's given in the sequence of images, this might also be necessary to answer the question correctly. You might have to guess which answer option is the next in the sequence, or which options represents a missing step in the sequence. Lastly, the answer options are almost always multiple choice. Multiple choice answers can vary, however. You may have 4 options to pick from, 5, maybe 10, or more. The more answer options to pick from, the slimmer the chances are that you can obtain the correct answer by guessing.

Some publishers will have less subtle variations in their test from what's described here. Sometimes, in TalentQ tests, the question may have more than one answer, and you will be told to select two, or possibly more answer options from those availble. Test types by different publishers are explained here in more detail.

Answered questions

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