In this post, we start with an overview of "Series" question types, including what skills they measure and how many are on the OLSAT test. We also provide a sample question, accompanied by tips and strategies to help your student perform successfully on "Series" questions during the official OLSAT® exam.
Series: What To Expect?
Series questions measure a student’s ability to predict, according to a rule, a missing element in a series of pictures or figures.
The OLSAT ® contain two types of series questions: picture series and figural series.
In picture series questions, students must examine a sequence of objects and identify/predict the object that comes next in the sequence according to the underlying pattern.
Picture series questions test students ability to identify how one or more physical property or attribute (e.g., quantity, size, weight, state (eg:liquid/solid), age, etc..) changes over time across the sequence.
Changes include an element or object that is added or removed, that becomes larger or smaller, increases or decreases in quantity, or becomes older or younger,etc.
In figural series questions, a student must look at a sequence of geometric figures, discern a pattern within the sequence, and predict the ‘next’ drawing/shape in the sequence.
Figural series questions test a student’s ability to identify how one or more physical property or attribute (e.g., quantity, shape, size, direction, etc..) changes over time across the sequence.
Changes can include objects or elements getting bigger or smaller, increasing or decreasing in quantity, and/or combining, inverting, or rotating across rows, etc.
Pre-K students taking the OLSAT® (for admission into Kindergarten) are asked approximately one of these types of questions (picture series questions only).
Kindergarten students taking the OLSAT® (for admission into 1st Grade) are asked approximately four of these types of questions (three picture series questions and one figural series question).
Series: Sample Question
Series:Tips and Strategies
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