Figure Sequences Explanation

Figure Sequences

The category Figure Sequences tests how well you can recognize patterns and relationships in figures, this requires an abstract way of thinking. We have kept the explanation of this subject relatively short, because in this category it is especially important to practice. Only by practicing a lot, you will recognize the patterns that occur a lot and see how you can quickly solve the problems.

Below we will work out two examples to show you the best way to solve this type of problem. In addition, we offer many free exercise assignments to be able to enter your assessment with confidence.

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Example 1

For example, you can see the five figures below. There is always a change pattern for each figure and you have to find out what changes need to be applied to get the correct answer. The series runs from top left to bottom right.


Write down for yourself what patterns you can recognize. If you work systematically, you will make fewer mistakes and get to the correct answer faster.

The figure that has to replace the question mark will look like this:


It often works best to not to look too much at the answers before you write down what patterns you can find. It is better to only start looking at the answers earlier if you are really under time pressure or you cannot find all the patterns without looking at the different possible answers.

Example 2


It is often smart to start with the clearest patterns. In this case, for example, you can almost immediately see that the purple polygon rotates 45 degrees clockwise every step. In the final figure, the little dot should therefore be on the right side of the figure. For the rest, you can see the following changes:

So the figure to replace the question mark will look like this:


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