PC Plod – here to help with UKCAT Abstract Reasoning!

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July 14, 2013 by Emedica

It’s worth developing a methodical and structured approach to these questions – looking at various features in turn.

  • Pattern: Look to see if the patterns are symmetrical, or a rotation, or a mirror image. See what sizes different shapes are.
  • Count: Look for number of shapes, edges, corners, intersections, right angles, curved lines.
  • Place: See if the shapes are positioned specifically – either higher or lower in the box or near the edge or touching another shape
  • Other: There is often more than one rule and also conditional rules. Check for secondary rules before answering
  • Direction: If there are arrows or lines then consider where they are pointing and what they’re pointing to.

So – work through PC PLOD! – Pattern, count, place, other and direction!


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