Matrigma Test Practice – Free Examples, Answers, and Tips for Success!


Welcome to the #1 practice hub for the Matrigma test. Keep reading to get:

  1. Timed matrigma-style practice questions with answers and explanations.
  2. A free PDF starter guide to kickstart your preparation for Matrigma test.
  3. General test information including how to interpret your test results.
  4. A popular prep course that has helped over 3,000 candidates to date.

Free Matrigma Test Practice with Answers

As part of our Matrigma prep course we offer a challenging and friendly Matrigma sample test. You will have 9 minutes to solve 8 questions. Upon completion, you will be able to:

  1. see the explanations per question 
  2. compare your score to other candidates who took our practice  test
  3. watch a video lesson which is offered for free as part of our prep course. 

Quick Introduction – What is the Matrigma Test?

Matrigma test is one of many assessment tools that measure General Mental Ability (GMA). It was developed by a company called Assessio, and is now owned by Hogan.

Matrigma test consists of a single question format, known as abstract reasoning matrices, which are 3×3 grids that contain objects that adhere to certain logical rules. There are six answer options and test takers are asked to decipher the logic behind the cells in the matrix by reading it across the rows and/or columns.


Figure: Simplified question sample


According to its publishers, Matrigma test is an excellent predictor of job performance. It does not require candidates any prior knowledge or experience and thus is said to escape any cultural biases.

There are two Matrigma test versions:

Adaptive Matrigma: This version has a 12-minute time limit, like most cognitive ability tests in the industry. You have a time limit of one minute per each item. The maximum number of items available is 40. This version is available on desktop, tablet and mobile phones. 

Classic Matrigma: 40 minutes and 35 items. According to official Matrigma resources, this is (quote) “a generous amount of time to answer all the items in Matrigma.” 

Matrigma Test PDF Starter Guide

You’re welcome to download our Matrigma test PDF starter guide and get:

  • A review of the test’s format and rules
  • Sample Matrigma questions and answers with explanations
  • A quick recap of our popular prep course

Cover image of Matrigma test PDF starter guide.

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How to Solve Matrigma Test Questions? A Definitive Guide

If you want to ace the Matrigma test, you must be familiar with concepts that have been in use ever since figural matrices became a tool to measure cognitive ability. 

Our prep course includes a detailed review of all these concepts, from basic to advanced. Below you will find a sample of just some of the concepts that are reviewed in our prep course. These concepts will equip you with important insights when trying to solve the questions seen on the Matrigma test.

Concept 1 – Color Change

Objects can change colours and fill patterns throughout the matrix.

Matrigma test concepts: color change


Concept 2 – Number Change


Matrigma test concepts: number change


Concept 3 – Rotation and Movement

Objects can rotate clockwise or anticlockwise, usually by 45° or 90°. They can rotate around themselves:

Matrigma test concepts: rotation


And they can also move within the cell in similar, 45° (half step) or 90° (whole step) intervals:

Matrigma test concepts: movement with rotation


Concept 4 – Flipping/Mirroring

Vertical and horizontal flipping, or mirroring, are also very common concepts that are used in figural reasoning matrices.

Horizontal flip:

Matrigma test concepts: horizontal flip

Vertical flip:

Matrigma test concepts: vertical flip


Concept 5 – Folding and Symmetry

Certain symmetrical shapes can be folded to create other shapes. Notice the light dashed line that indicates the folding plane. It was only added to emphasize the effect and will likely not show up in the test.

Matrigma test concepts: symmetry and folding


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Matrigma Test Results: How to Interpret?

The Bad news is that your score report will not include any indication as to how many questions you got right or wrong. That’s another way for Matrigma’s owners to increase test confidentiality.

In addition, you will only be told whether you scored below, above, or average on the test.

What’s considered a good score?

For the Classic Matrigma version, the average score of the general population is 18 correct answers out of 40 questions, which is roughly half the amount of questions on the test. This is not surprising, since for most cognitive ability tests, the average raw score is around half the amount of items in the entire test. Thus, an above-average score would be anything above 18, and a good, above-average score would start from 25 correct answers.   

As for the Adaptive Matrigma version, since this is an adaptive test, there’s no single scale to which you can compare yourself. You simply have to answer as many questions correctly within the 12-minute time limit, answering correctly the more difficult questions which will take your score to a higher percentile.

What report will the employer get?

Upon completion of your Matrigma test, the employer will receive a detailed report that includes a graphic representation of your performance, as seen below:

Matrigma test score report

The numerical values do not reflect amounts of correct answers, these are scaled scores. In addition, the same graph and scaled score can be given to both the classic version or the Adaptive Matrigma version (12 minutes). In short, 68% of the population score between 3-6 and constitute the average. Any score below 3 will be regarded as below average and is thus not a recommended result. Any score above 6 will be considered above-average.


What report will you get?

As mentioned above, you will not be getting a detailed graphic report as the employer does, but only a short verbal description of the score ranges (below average, average, above average)  and how your score relates to them.

Free Practice for Those Who Don’t Want a Prep Course

If you’re determined to prepare for the Matrigma test freely, take into account that it might come at a cost. Firstly, you will likely find a limited amount of relevant practice materials. Secondly, you won’t be able to take practice tests with timed formats since most free materials are scattered and not perfectly structured to simulate a Matrigma test. Having said that, you’re welcome to browse the below resources:

  1. A short but nicely done test with 12 questions and answers. You will have to provide some basic details to receive the score and answers:
  2. This test is provided by Mensa Norway, part of the “IQ society”. It contains 32 questions and while it doesn’t provide the answers, it will tell you how well you did:
  1. Indiabix is one of my favourite free resources. Here’s a nice collection of practice questions with explanations:
  2. Some additional sample questions:

Answering Frequently Asked Questions

Is Matrigma similar to Raven's progressive matrices?

Matrigma, among other tests, is inspired by Raven’s Progressive Matrices Test (RPM). Both tests use the 3×3 grid and the similarity between them is very helpful since it functions as a point of reference. Having said that, Matrigma was developed a few decades after Raven’s test, which means it has a wider range of concepts and questions.

What is the MAP test and how is it related to Matrigma?

MAP is a personality test that was published by the creators of Matrigma, Assessio. It is based on the five-factor model, also known as the Big Five model. Employers often choose to use Matrigma and MAP together, to get a full understanding of their job candidates.  You can try a free five-factor test for free on Truity’s website.

For more official information about MAP check this link.

Is preparation proven to help?

There are numerous scientific research papers about this, and there’s no single clear answer. Many papers demonstrate a connection between training and improvement in cognitive aptitude tests.

From experience, we can say that preparation is a game-changer, for several reasons:

  1.  You perform better when there’s no surprise element.
  2.  Pre-exposure helps you recognize patterns better and faster.
  3.  The upside of getting the job is worth the “risk” of training.

Is Matrigma an IQ test?

The Matrigma test is used as a job-related screening tool. However, being based on the well-known Raven intelligence test, one cannot ignore the fact that this test measures intelligence, or general mental ability, also known as “G”. People who score high on Matrigma are most likely to score high on a standard intelligence test.

Disclaimer: 12minprep is not affiliated, nor belongs to Assessio and/or Hogan, which are the owners/distributors of Matrigma Test. This website solely provides information on how to prepare for cognitive ability tests.