Figure Series Test

Inductive reasoning can be defined as the systematic and analytic comparison of objects in order to detect similarities and/or differences among them with respect to attributes or relations1.

Although not sporting numbers per se, numeric abstraction inductive thinking is assessed in this test.

Abstract non-symbolic numerical representations are important in assessing IQ because they can provide the evolutionary and developmental foundation to mathematical thinking2.


This test has 10 questions in total. In each, you will be shown a sequence of figures.

You must understand the sequence and complete it by choosing the figure that should replace the question mark.

Test example:

Figure Series Test example


This test is designed as an entertaining and educational tool. The results do not constitute a psychological or psychiatric evaluation of any kind and may not offer an accurate portrait of the mental fitness of the test taker. We do not guarantee the accuracy of the results and these should not be used as an indicator of the capacities of the individual for a specific purpose.
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1 Papageorgiou, E. (2009). Towards a teaching approach for improving mathematics inductive reasoning problem solving. In Tzekaki, M., Kaldrimidou, M. & Sakonidis, H. (Eds.). Proceedings of the 33rd Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, (4) pp. 313-320. 

2 Cantlon, J., Cordes, S., Libertus, M. & Brannon, E. (2002). Numerical abstraction: It ain’t broke. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 23 (3/4), 331-332.

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