Spatial Ability Quiz

5 questions, 5mins

Question 1: Count the number of cubes in each diagram


In this question, you are presented with shapes composed of a number of cubes, some of which may be hidden and asked to calculate how many cubes are there in each diagram. This tests our understanding of how 3D shapes are composed.

ANSWER: (hover/tap) 6, 12, 24


Question 2: What would the 3D shape look like from above?

This question tests whether we can imagine the planar shape seen from each perspective by means of a three-dimensional (3D) modelling.

ANSWER: (hover/tap) A


Question 3: Which answer shows a reflection of the image below?

In this question, you must find the answer that is a mirror image of the question figure. These assess our ability in understanding the proportion of the object, remembering it and mentally manipulate the perspective to see it differently. Mirroring can be either vertically or horizontally.

ANSWER: (hover/tap) D


Question 4: Which pattern can be folded to make the cube shown?

This question is intended to determine the extent of our visual ability to deconstruct a 3D cube to a flat 2D pattern, after it being unfolded.

ANSWER: (hover/tap) B


Question 5: Which of the cubes can be made from the pattern?

This question assesses our ability to understand 2D plans in 3D and to mentally manipulate and rotate objects. The key to such question is to remember that only three faces of the cube can be shown in the illustration. This means that you need only to consider the relationship between the three visible elements on each cube and see if the same relationship exists in the pattern.

ANSWER: (hover/tap) A


Did you struggle with any of the questions? 

Most of us ain't train to think spatially. But it is an important skill to train and develop. 


Spatial Ability is Important because it helps to:

  1. Boost IQ - Spatial Ability is considered an important factor for intelligence. Spatial Reasoning is one of the seven criteria used in a standard IQ test
  2. Stimulate CREATIVITY - Visualizing and manipulating 2D/3D objects provides a person with many different perspectives of the same problem, thereby improving one’s creativity when problem solving
  3. Excel in MATHEMATICS - Researchers have found evidence to suggest that spatial thinking plays an important role in understanding mathematical concepts like geometry, measurement, algebra, calculus, arithmetic and word problems
  4. Achieve Success In STEM CAREERS - Careers in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sector require strong spatial skills. Research has shown that spatial ability is a predictor of success in these areas
  5. Improves CRITICAL THINKING - Spatial ability develop skills in observation, analysis and evaluation which are essential to critical thinking and problem solving

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