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11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning: What are Odd One Out questions?

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What are Odd One Out questions?

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‘Odd One Out’ questions are a common Non-Verbal Reasoning (NVR) question type. Let’s take a look at what they are.

In Odd One Out questions, we are given five figures.

Four of the five figures are related in some way.

This leaves one figure that is the odd one out!

(A ‘figure’ is simply the shape or set of shapes that make up one of the choices).

Example question:

NVR Odd One Out

The second shape, because all of the other shapes are polygons (a 2D shape with straight sides)

How to find the answer to Odd One Out questions

To help work out which choice is the odd one out, we can ask ourselves the following questions that focus on key elements of each figure.

By asking these questions, we can uncover the common element or elements that four of the five figures share.

  1. How many shapes does the figure have?
  2. How big or small is the figure?
  3. Is the figure shaded or not?
  4. What kind of outline does the figure have?
  5. In which direction is the figure pointing?
  6. Where are the shapes of the figure positioned?
  7. Do shapes overlap or not in the figure?
  8. Does the figure have any lines of symmetry?
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NVR Odd One Out questions in the 11+ exams

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