Abstract reasoning: figure sequences

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What are figure sequences?

Figure sequences are part of abstract reasoning and one of the most well known types of aptitude tests. Figure sequencs are mostly culture-free because you do not need any verbal knowledge to answer these questions. However, depending on the figures it might be culture sensitive. For instance, by using icons some candidates are not familiair with. This is why you will mostly see squares, triangles and circles in figure sequences. This is also why most tests are black and white. So if you are colour-blind you are not at a disadvantage.

General structure of figure sequences

An example of a figure sequence where you have to determine the answer.
In this case, the arrow turns clockwise. As the arrow keeps turning, this will also apply to the last figure. The arrow has to point up in the answer.

Types of figure sequences relationships:

With figure series, four of the five figures follow the rule. A number of simple connections are:

    • Number: for example, the number of corners, planes, lines, figures.
    • Shape: is the figure symmetrical, asymmetrical, does it occur in geometry?
    • Size: how large are the figures, how many figures of what size do you find?
    • Location: how are the figures positioned in relation to each other, are they always in a plane or are they always apart?
    • Filling: what kind of filling do the figures have, is it always the same or always different?
    • Lines: what lines are used, for example, dotted lines or solid lines?
    • orners: what kind of corners are used, for example pointed or blunt corners?

How to solve figure sequence questions:

  1. Search for the relationship. There can of course also be several connections.
  2. Look at the answer options and select the options with the correct connection.
  3. If the answer does not seem to be in between, remove any answers that are not in any way related.

Dynamic figure sequences

Dynamic figure series are a permanent part of many tests. With a figure series you get to see four to six figures and you have to determine the last figure. You get a choice of multiple answer options for the last figure.

Dynamic figure series are very different. Pictured here is one of the many forms used. Therefore, make sure that you thoroughly examine the series of figures that you can expect.

Each agency has its own types of questions with different strategies. For example, it is sometimes advisable to gamble. With another test you can skip better.

Saville style figure sequences


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