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One of the subtests in the OLSAT Nonverbal section is Pictorial Reasoning. This section assesses the ability to reason using pictures and visual items. Specifically, it tests the ability to:

  • Understand and deduce relationships between objects
  • Understand similarities and differences
  • Deduce patterns and progressions

Since these questions are part of the Nonverbal section, directions are not provided. Rather, all of the information is obtained from the images themselves.

Pictorial Reasoning Question Types

There are only three question types within the Pictorial Reasoning category:

Type Level Description
Picture Classification A-C These questions measure the ability to identify the “odd one out.” Given five pictures, a child will have to identify which image does not belong in the group by recognizing a common theme or pattern present throughout the images.
Picture Analogy A-C These questions also test the ability to understand relationships between pictures. The objective is to identify which picture from a group of five is most similar to the original picture presented in the question. While Picture Classification items assess the ability to identify differences, Picture Analogy items assess the ability to identify similarities.
Picture Series A These questions assess the ability to understand patterns and progressions. Given a progression of images, a child will have to be able to identify a pattern and predict what picture comes next in the series.

Pictorial Reasoning Sample Question

The following question is a Picture Analogy test item from the Pictorial Reasoning section:

The pictures in the boxes on the top belong together in a certain way. Choose the picture that belongs with the bottom picture in the same way the pictures on top belong together.

Answer and Explanation

The correct answer is A.
A car viewed from the side is to a car viewed from a bird's eye view as a stack of rings viewed from the side is to a stack of rings viewed from a bird's eyes view.

OLSAT Question Types

See the table below for a breakdown of the OLSAT question types and subsections. 

Verbal Nonverbal
Verbal Comprehension Pictorial Reasoning
Following Directions Picture Classification
Antonyms Picture Analogies
Sentence Completion Picture Series
Sentence Arrangement Figural Reasoning
Verbal Reasoning Figural Classification
Aural Reasoning Figural Analogies
Arithmetic Reasoning Pattern Matrix
Logical Selection Figural Series
Word/Letter Matrix Quantitative Reasoning
Verbal Analogies Number Series
Verbal Classification Numeric Inference
Inference Number Matrix

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