Verbal reasining questions

(16 Posts)
mumum224 Fri 06-Jun-14 17:07:12

My DD is asking my ehlp to explain these and i have no idea with these 2 questions. Can anyone help pls?

In both of them one needs to find the number that continues the series in the most sensible way. My DD got them both wrong and although i have the correct answer i do not know why ?

Q1) 34 41 49 43 50 58 52 59 (?) Answer = 67
Q2) 18 17 18 17 19 18 21 20 (?) Answer = 24

nonicknameseemsavailable Fri 06-Jun-14 17:15:04

the first one is +7 +8 -6 for the pattern

mumum224 Fri 06-Jun-14 17:17:38

Thank you nonicknameseemsavailable

HaplessHousewife Fri 06-Jun-14 17:18:15

Q1) The pattern is +7, +8, -6 so
34 (+7=) 41 (+8=) 49 (-6=) 43 (+7=) 50 (+8=) 58 (-6=) 52 (+7=) 59 (+8=) 67

Q2) The pattern is -1, +1, -1, +2, -1, +3, -1, +4 so
18 (-1=) 17 (+1=) 18 (-1=) 17 (+2=) 19 (-1=) 18 (+3=) 21 (-1=) 20 (+4=) 24.

Hope that helps.

HaplessHousewife Fri 06-Jun-14 17:18:52

Sorry cross post due to slow typing!

nonicknameseemsavailable Fri 06-Jun-14 17:18:56

-1 +1 -1 +2 -1 +3 -1 +4
so the pattern is always -1 and then the + number is increasing by 1 each time

mumum224 Fri 06-Jun-14 17:19:11

Thank you also HaplessHousewife

nonicknameseemsavailable Fri 06-Jun-14 17:20:24

cross posts the other way round now haplesshousewife - took me a moment to work out the second one because I couldn't add 3!!!

AvonleaAnne Fri 06-Jun-14 17:21:52

The second one is -1, +1, -1, +2, -1, +3, -1, +4 etc for the sequence.

AvonleaAnne Fri 06-Jun-14 17:23:35

Another cross post. I was just getting the children's tea out of the oven!

mumum224 Fri 06-Jun-14 17:28:23

Thank you all for answering so swiftly !

nonicknameseemsavailable Fri 06-Jun-14 18:32:07

I am odd - I love things like this

rabbitstew Fri 06-Jun-14 19:22:56

Or, for the first one, you could see it as three sequences put together, where you just add 9 each time (ie jump over two numbers each time to do it)...
34 [] [] 43 [] [] 52 [] []
[] 41 [] [] 50 [] [] 59
[] [] 49 [] [] 58 [] [] 67

Sat 07-Jun-14 08:43:45

When doing this sort of question it's often a good idea to jot down the difference between the adjacent numbers as you will often be able to spot a pattern.

Schmedz Sun 08-Jun-14 09:41:17

Um...is it just me or is this more like maths rather than anything to do with the use of language (or have I completely understood what verbal reasoning is supposed to be).

rabbitstew Sun 08-Jun-14 15:20:47

Well, in IQ tests, things like mental arithmetic come under verbal IQ, not performance IQ... Verbal reasoning tests have always included things like working out codes, number patterns, etc - emphasis there being on the reasoning... and you can, after all, say numbers, so they aren't exactly non-verbal.

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