Hannah’s UKCAT Tips! Abstract Reasoning

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July 24, 2013 by Emedica

What you will probably find, is that some questions in abstract reasoning seem very easy, whilst others don’t seem to have any logic at all!

How to find a rule:

  1. The one square rule. The best way to find a rule is look at one square in Set A or Set B (the best one is the one with the least stuff in it) and compare it to the other squares in the same set. Look for items, patterns or relationships that appear in every square.
  2. Do the same for the other set. Once you are happy you have found the rules. Work through the questions – it won’t take long.

What to do if you can’t find a rule:

If you look at the squares and any ideas about possible rules are ruled out (!) you may find yourself stuck. In this case, the best thing to do is to look at the sets and decide if the question square looks more like the squares in Set A or Set B. Most of the time you will still get points where the square matches either Set A or Set B, however, you will miss marks where the answer is neither unless your abstract reasoning intuition leads you to select that option!

This is a section where timing should be less of an issue – as long as you don’t spend ages looking for rules where none seem to exist!


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