Direction Sense Test

Direction Sense Test

This section includes a discussion on direction-sense tests which are used for various analytical reasoning examinations, and are effective in developing practical skills and direction sense among individuals.


The tests based on direction sense include those which are associated with the need to provide the accurate distance between two points, or the distance between the starting and finishing points of movement. These tests are not only effective for developing analytical skills for excelling in competitive examinations but could be used for polishing practical thinking skills among learners. These tests also provide a suitable base for solving other complicated equations related to logical reasoning, including tests on seating arrangements. These tests are also often used in combination with other tests like that of seating arrangements to provide candidates with greater clarity and understanding. 

Description of Direction-sense test 

The direction-sense tests are a part of a set of tests that are used for testing logical reasoning and consist of differential equations that require learners to understand the accurate direction of certain items. These tests, like puzzles, are part of an effort to assess the analytical and cognitive abilities of individuals. The questions within a direction-sense series consist of a set of directions along which a person is shown to travel, and consists of specific turns within each direction. The candidates are required to identify the correct direction along which this individual is travelling by following these different directions. These questions are designed to test their ability to follow, trace and identify different directions accurately. These further involve using visual cues or understanding motion effectively for determining positions or clockwise directions of various items. 

Types of Direction tests 

There are various types of direction tests that are used in aptitude tests, competitive examinations, or recruitment processes. These include those which evaluate final direction which involves a specific problem in which the ultimate direction of an item has to be recovered by tracing its direction and its initial starting point. These further include displacement tests in which the accurate distance between starting and ending points have to be recovered, after the position of the object has been displaced. These categories of tests also require an accurate evaluation of distance or direction between two points or objects. Other tests require an evaluation of both directions as well as the distance between two specific points. 

An example of a problem evaluating final direction is one in which an individual is represented as moving 10 km towards the South and is then shown to travel another 10 km after turning right. The person is then shown to take another right and travel 10 km, after which his final position from the initial point has to be evaluated. 

These problems also often use concepts like shadows that occur along different periods that serve as suitable clues for understanding the erection of an object. These tests are used to evaluate the cardinal direction sense of candidates, which includes knowledge of basic directions including north, east, west, south, north-west, north-east, south-west, and south-east. These tests also judge the angle of movement which are used for evaluating directional rotations, clockwise or anticlockwise motion of certain objects. These tests are also used for determining the shortest distance between two concepts and are often used in mathematical calculations for measuring the accurate distance between two bodies. 


The relevance of direction-sense tests lies in the fact that it provides a suitable base for solving many other questions that are related to logical reasoning. Gaining mastery in these questions can be helpful for candidates to gain necessary expertise for solving puzzles related to a seating arrangement. This is mainly because these puzzles require candidates to evaluate the position of objects based on clues related to their seating arrangement, and require an accurate sense of direction for evaluating these positions. Further, these are the most common set of questions that are asked for competitive examinations and test basic logical and analytical capacities of candidates. The ability to solve these equations would therefore provide a basic understanding of the structure along which logical reasoning examinations proceed. 

These tests are also used for solving problems related to mathematics or physics equations, in which distance between two points has to be calculated. These tests can therefore polish a student’s application of direction skills while solving mathematical problems. Mathematical theorems like the Pythagorean Theorem for instance are often applied to resolve problems in direction, by identifying shortest distance using a specific formula. Further, these tests have a suitable practical application, as they can be used for developing logical skills that are essential in solving problems. These tests assist in a correct understanding of a specific problem and an ability to accurately present information in a systematic structure for determining a suitable solution. 


The tests on direction sense are those that involve an accurate evaluation of direction, movement, or distance among two specific objects. These tests are used for enhancing practical thinking skills among candidates and can be effective in solving other complicated equations within logical reasoning. These tests determine cardinal directions, final directions or use shadow points to evaluate an individual’s understanding of distance. These tests are also effective in determining movement angles, or clockwise and anticlockwise direction along which an object is moving. Further, knowledge of mathematical equations, including square roots or Pythagorean Theorem can be effective in gaining a better understanding of these tests.