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There should be 3 of each shape: ellipse, dot, & square.
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Makes no sense. Three of each shape and two always the same. Should be E but the location within the box is not quite right.
Explanation: Two rules.
Rule 1: Three of each shape
Rule 2: Col1 lines - col2 lines = col3 lines (orientation of lines is not important)
Ellipse with vertical line.
There should be 3 of each these shapes: ellipse, dot, & square.
For each distinct shape, only common lines should appear in the third column.
My thought pattern:
Looking down the columns, from left to right, shows a clear pattern. It's always the squares amount of lines, minus one for the rest. It also appears that the common amount of lines in a shape repeats. In the last column, everything was moved up one step in comparison to the other ones. Therefore elipse. There were also just one of each shape, confirming.
I always test to see if different variables reach the same conclusion, thus affirming that I'm not making a silly mistake.
shouldn't it be a horizontal line?
The orientation of the line does not matter when both shape and amount of lines has such conclusive evidence. With the information you're given it cannot be any of the other answers, so that's enough in itself. It is just a cheap trick to make you think you're wrong.
Nope, you’re definitely given enough info to conclude it should be a horizontal line.
I agree with the answers given that B is the only possible answer that the creator of this test wanted you to give. But that doesn’t mean the creator of the test was right in his answer and assessment of this pattern.
If you look at the circle and square, two of them are exactly the same and one is different. Now the two similar images for the square and circle both have the 1 less line in the same position. Using this, the only possible answer is an ellipse with a horizontal line.