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You will be given a ‘target’ number. You then choose from 6 other numbers to make the target number with the appropriate operations (add, subtract, multiply, divide). Level 1 involves addition. Level 2 involves addition and subtraction. Level 3 involves all four rules including the use of brackets. Don’t be fooled – this is harder than it looks!
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These tests require you work out why the numbers presented form a pattern – this is usually a sequence of numbers changing according to certain rules. For Level 1 you have a sequence of numbers in a line and you have to work out which number is missing. For Level 2 there are two series of numbers to work with. For Level 3 you are presented with a matrix of 16 numbers to work with.
You will be presented with a flat design which, when folded makes a shape. You will need to choose from 4 alternatives the only shape that could be made from the design. The 3 levels increase the complexity of what you have to visualise.
You will be presented with six images (the A pattern) all of which have something in common – there is a rule that makes them similar. Another 6 images (the B pattern) will use a different rule. You will need to decide whether decide whether a further image fits the A or B pattern or neither. There are 2 levels of difficulty and then a 3rd level which uses pictures instead of shapes.
These tests present images (either shapes or pictures) in a 3×3 matrix – but one image is always missing. You must choose one of 6 images further images that fits best in the missing box. ‘Best’ means identifying a logical sequence either across or down the matrix or both. There are 2 levels of difficulty and then a 3rd level which uses pictures instead of shapes.
These tests require you to identify a relationship between two words or concepts and apply that logic to a second pair of words? This was once the most common format to use when measuring verbal reasoning and was part of many ‘IQ’ tests. Today they are still used especially in the field of education
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