Sequencing questions are probably the most common type of question that appear in diagrammatic reasoning tests. These questions require you to complete a sequence with a missing block. You will be given some suggestions and it’s your job to identify the right one.

When trying to work out a pattern try checking for these things in the sequence:

Rotation - how many degrees has a shape turned and in what direction? Alteration - has the shape changed into something else and then changed back? Consistency - what about the image stays the same throughout the sequence? Duplication - has the number of contained elements increased or decreased? Attention to detail - sometimes you just have to look carefully at the diagrams

Here’s an easy one:

We can see a sequence of shapes and three possible suggestions for the missing tile. Quite quickly we can tell that the triangles are increasing in number and stars are decreasing in number. If we work backwards we can work out that there should be one triangle and four stars. We should also notice that they are always in the same place.

Following this pattern, we can deduce the correct answer is C.