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Cognitive abilities

Spatial orientation

Spatial orientation is the ability to determine the relative position of objects around you or your position in relation to the environment.

Spatial abilities are the perceptual and cognitive abilities that enable a person to deal with spatial relations, in other words the position of objects in space.

Spatial orientation tests raw intelligence, with little influence of prior knowledge and as such performance on this scale is indicative of general intelligence.

At first glance, such questions may appear daunting but the trick is not to give up too quickly. Often a second look at the problem will reveal a different approach, and a solution will appear because the brain has been given the opportunity to process information further.

Example spatial orientation questions

1. How many degrees are there between the two hands of a clock at 3:15?

  1. 7.5°
  2. 15°
  3. 30°
  4. 45°

The hour key moves 30° every hour, therefore 7.5° every 15 minutes.

2. A 20 meter cable is suspended between two poles that are each 20 meters tall.

How far apart are the poles if the lowest part of the cable is 10 meters off the ground?

Spatial IQ 15
  1. 0 meters
  2. 1-20 meters
  3. 20-40 meters
  4. 40-60 meters

0. The poles are joined together when the lowest part of the cable is 10 meters off the ground.

Spatial IQ 15