Raven's APM-III Item-banked

Identify complex problem solvers with the Raven's APM-III Item-banked version.

Raven’s Advanced Progressive Matrices (APM-III) Item-banked

Raven's™ APM-III is designed to objectively and efficiently screen general cognitive ability levels in job applicants. This new global item-banked version has instructions and enhanced reports available in more than 14 languages. It is equivalent in length and difficulty to the previous fixed-form version, APM-2 (which it replaces), with a correlation coefficient of 0.97 between the old and new versions.

It is comprised of 23 randomised scoring items (from a large bank of items) and can be completed in 40 minutes. The use of a random item presentation format helps ensure that the chances of two takers receiving the same set of items are extremely low. The test is designed for both unproctored (unsupervised) and proctored test administration.

RAVEN'S is a gold-standard, highly trusted assessment measuring an individual's general (cognitive) ability. It identifies the ability to:

  • think laterally
  • grasp new concepts quickly
  • solve problems and tasks when faced with novel information in unfamiliar situations.

RAVEN'S is a non-verbal assessment that can be used across candidate pools where multiple languages are spoken, thus removing language bias.

The Advanced Progressive Matrices version of RAVEN'S (APM) was designed as a harder version of the RAVEN'S Standard Progressive Matrices test (SPM) and is used to assess applicants for supervisory, managerial, technical and executive level roles across all industry sectors. SPM is mainly used for entry-level and non-managerial roles.


This new report contains the following information:

  • Skills and abilities assessed by the APM-III
  • Norm reference group selected
  • Score interpretation
  • In response to client requests and preferences, the new report also presents the score in four different ways:
    • Percentile against a norm reference group
    • T-scores that are standardized scores used to compare a test taker's results. A T-score has a mean of 50 and standard deviation of 10
    • STANINE (Standard Nine) scores are standardised scores based on a 9-point scale, with a mean of 5 and standard deviation of 2
    • STEN (Standard Ten) scores are based on a 10-point scale, with a mean of 5.5 and a standard deviation of 2

No matter which method of presenting scores is preferred, they all allow for comparison of a test taker's score relative to the normative reference group.

No score is more accurate than another.

The Managers norm group is available for this language version.

Four US norm groups are available:

  • Professionals and Individual Contributors
  • Executives
  • Directors
  • Managers
  • Country-specific norms are also available. Please consult the Norms Composition Tables for further information.

By publisher policy, the RAVEN'S APM-III may be administered in an unproctored or proctored setting. Previous versions of RAVEN'S Progressive Matrices (APM-1 and 2 and SPM versions) should be administered in a proctored and secure environment.

Competency Areas

Problem Solving

Problem Identification

Learning Agility


Large Question Bank

No two test takers receive the same set of questions, protecting the integrity of the test.

Online Administration

Administration via our online Talent Assessment Platform, for supervised or unsupervised completion

Equivalent in Length and Difficulty

The Item-Banked version is equivalent in length and difficulty to previous fixed form version of APM

Resources & Downloads

Document Type Download
Raven's APM-III Frequently Asked Questions .pdf Download (0.4 MB)
Raven's APM-III Global Norms Composition Table .pdf Download (0.45 MB)
Raven's APM-III Score Report .pdf Download (0.24 MB)
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