In this post, we will start with an overview of "Analogies" question types, including what skills they measure and how many of these question types are on the OLSAT test. We also provide a sample question, accompanied by tips and strategies to help your student perform successfully on "Analogies" questions during the official OLSAT® exam.
Analogies: What To Expect?
‘Analogies’ questions measure a student’s ability to reason his or her way through non-language based scenarios.
A student is presented with a 4-box matrix and must identify a relationship between two pictures (or two geometric figures) in the first row. The student needs to apply this rule to the second row and choose which object - from the answer choices - completes this second row relationship in the same way.
The OLSAT ® Level A contain two types of analogy questions: picture analogies and figural analogies.
To master picture analogies, a student needs to have general background knowledge, a good visual vocabulary, and an understanding/recognition of the following relationships:
To succeed on figural analogy questions, student need to understand several key concepts, including geometric concepts such as rotational symmetry, line symmetry, parts of a whole, and opposites.
Pre-K students taking the OLSAT® (for admission into Kindergarten) and Kindergarten students taking the OLSAT® (for admission into 1st Grade) are asked approximately 12 of these types of questions (five picture analogies questions and seven figural analogies questions).
Analogies: Sample Question
Analogies:Tips and Strategies
Ask: “How do the objects relate to each other in the first row? Do you see a pattern or relationship? “Can you guess what the missing object should be in the second row?” Do you see your prediction in the answer choices?
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