Figure recognition

When the students are ready, say:

Now turn to page 48 and follow while I read the directions.

Pause and check all the students are on the right page, and then read:

This test is about hidden shapes. Each question has a target shape.The target is hidden in one of five designs. [Hold up your copy of the Student Booklet and point to the target and five designs in the example.]

You have to find where the target is hidden and mark the letter for that design.

The target will be exactly the same size and the same way round. You won’t need to imagine it turned around or flipped over.

All sides of the target have to be shown on the design. Look at the example below.


Then continue, holding up your booklet and pointing where necessary:

Can you see the target in the example is hidden in design B? Here it is.  [Point to B.]

This is how you would show the answer. [Pause and indicate the example in the Student Booklet.]

Now try some practice questions. Mark your answer choices by filling in the correct box on the Answer Sheet. Remember, if you want to change your answer, rub out your first choice and mark your new letter choice.


Practice 1

Practice 2

Pause while the students choose their answers. Walk around the room, checking to make sure they are marking their answers correctly. Clear up any difficulties. Then continue as follows:

The answer to practice question 1 is J. Only J shows all of the target shape.

The answer to practice question 2 is Q. It isn’t L because that shows the target flipped over. It isn’t M or N because they have shapes that are the wrong size.

Are there any questions?

Answer any questions, then say:

Remember to look for:

  • the same shape the same size
  • the same way round
  • and check that all the edges are shown on the design.

You will have nine minutes to work on this test.

Turn over the page and begin. Work until you reach the stop sign at the end of the test.

Start your stopwatch or note the exact time to the nearest second on your watch or clock. Note this time on your Time Chart, and then add exactly nine minutes and fill in the stopping time.

While the test is in progress, walk around the room to make sure that all the students are marking their answers by drawing a line across the letters and that no one has turned to a page they should not be on. Encourage any students who finish early to check their answers. After exactly nine minutes, say:

Stop. Close your booklets and put your pencils down. This is the end of the test.

Collect the Student Booklets and Answer Sheets, checking that each student’s name has been completed legibly and correctly.