SHL Deductive Reasoning Test

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SHL-Style Deductive Reasoning Test

This is a practice SHL-style deductive reasoning test that simulates the real test. 

The test has 8 questions and you should aim to complete the test within 9 minutes.

All questions are multiple-choice. 

Make sure you read a question in full before answering.

Answers and explanations to the questions are provided at the end of the test.

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SHL Deductive Reasoning Test: question 1 of 8

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Four married couples – the Gordons, the Hindlers, the Ilgors and the Jareds – are the only guests in a hotel.

Each couple consists of one man and one woman. Some of the hotel guests are signing up for a trip to the Grand Canyon offered by a travel agency.

The following rules are known about the participants of the trip:

  • When a woman signs up, her spouse signs up too.
  • At least two men and one woman are signed up.
  • Mr. Gordon is signed up only if Mrs. Jared is signed up.
  • If Mr. and Mrs. Gordon are signed up, then Mrs. Hindler is not signed up.

Exactly three men and two women are signed up for the trip.

Which statement must be true?


SHL Deductive Reasoning Test: question 2 of 8

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Fiona, Georgia, Heather, Ian, John, Kilgore and Lumina are standing in line to get concert tickets.

  • Fiona is standing in front of Ian.
  • John is standing in front of Heather.
  • If John is not first in line, Lumina is standing somewhere in front of him.
  • Ian is standing immediately in front of or immediately behind Kilgore.

If Georgia is standing first and Fiona is somewhere between John and Lumina, which statement must be true?


SHL Deductive Reasoning Test: question 3 of 8

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John, Kate and Lenny just came back from trips to the following countries:

Mauritania, Nepal, Oman, Peru and Qatar.

  • Each country was visited by at least one of the travellers.
  • Each traveller visited either two or three different countries.
  • Only one traveller visited Qatar.
  • Every traveller who visited Mauritania went to Nepal as well.
  • A traveller who visited Qatar did not visit Peru.
  • John visited all of the countries Kate did.

If Kate visited three countries, which statement must be true?


SHL Deductive Reasoning Test: question 4 of 8

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Review the facts below.

  • Tim lives in a big apartment
  • Abby lives in a small apartment
  • There are no big apartments in Tinyville
  • Small apartments have one bedroom

Which statement MUST be true?


SHL Deductive Reasoning Test: question 5 of 8

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Five bears – Jinan, Knot, Lee, Mushu and Nee-Hau – are kept in three adjacent rooms numbered 1–3 from left to right.

  • There is at least one bear in each room
  • Knot is in a room to the left of Lee's
  • Mushu and Nee-Hau are not kept in the same room
  • Either Mushu or Jinan, but not both, are kept in room 2
  • Nee-Hau is kept in room 3

A sixth bear, Osami, is brought into either room 2 or 3. If there are now two bears in each room, which statement must be true?


SHL Deductive Reasoning Test: question 6 of 8

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A sportswear store offers various brands of shoes for sale. Each salesperson in the store receives a base salary of 80 Euros per workday and can receive an additional bonus based on sales made. For certain types of sales, a special tax deduction from the salesperson's paycheck is made, as follows:

  • All sales above 155 €.
  • All sales above 90 €, paid with credit card.
  • All sales paid with Bitcoins.

Which of the sales below is subjected to tax deduction?


SHL Deductive Reasoning Test: question 7 of 8

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Review the facts below.

  • Cleo is a good dog
  • Colonel is a bull
  • Good dogs are fast and keep the house safe
  • Bulls do not make noise

Which statement must be true?


SHL Deductive Reasoning Test: question 8 of 8

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Employees who close over 6 deals or who are titled 'employee of the month' receive a 10% bonus.

  • Employee A closed five deals
  • Employee B received a 10% bonus after closing seven deals
  • Employee C was 'employee of the month' last October

Which statement must be true?