# NVR - Looking at a Shape and Making a Code (2)

Example – Look at the shapes provided on the left. Decide on the meaning of the code created by the letters next to the shapes. Each letter means something and can be determined by looking at the symbols. Then look at the test shape and decide which of the given code letters is an accurate description of it.

This question involves the use of different shapes and rotation. In order to solve this, we must search for the similar code letters and this immediately suggests a connection between the first and second shapes. The connection, coded ‘K’, is that the shape has two arrow heads. The code for the remaining shape must therefore be ‘L’. The test shape is therefore also coded ‘L’. Remember, the order of letters is usually important. The second letters - K, K and L, show a similarity between the first two that is not shared with the third.

The first letter of the code must relate to something different and as there is little else to choose from we can assume that it will be the direction the arrow(s) are facing. The test shape is facing the same way as the first shape so it must have the code ‘D’. The answer is therefore ‘DL’, answer ‘a’.

Example 2 – Look at the shapes provided on the left. Decide on the meaning of the code created by the letters next to the shapes. Each letter means something and can be determined by looking at the symbols. Then look at the test shape and decide which of the given code letters is an accurate description of it.

Remember the technique - you need to find similarities in the shapes and symbols where the letter code for them is partly the same.

The connection here is through the letter ‘A’ being common to the first and second shape. The main thing they have in common but the last shape does not have, is the stepped line in the middle. So the step shape in the third, as it’s the same as the test shape, will be correct. It is coded ‘B’. The other element of the code is totally different throughout and as they're all circles and we've accounted for the step shape in the middle, it seems to refer to the shading. Our test shape has the same shading as the second shape so gets the code ‘Y’, giving an overall code of ‘BY’ (answer ‘e’).

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