# inductive reasoning pattern (1 of 2)

In a practice test on this website I found a pattern that I cannot figure out.

Can someone help me?

## 1 Answer

The answer is

A

Explanation:

The arrow's position is cyclic with cycle $4$: up-down-left-right so the fifth square must contain an up arrow. Option B is eliminated.

There is a small square surrounding a circle every $2$ squares (cycle $2$) so there wouldn't be a square surrounding any circle for the fifth square. Option E is eliminated.

Finally, we see that there are two white circles in the first, two grey circles in the second, and this cycle of $2$ repeats. Hence there will be two white circles in the fifth square. Options C and D are eliminated.

• In your third argument, You mean two white circles? – shamalaia Jul 18 '18 at 9:31
• @shamalaia Yes. Edited :) – TheSimpliFire Jul 18 '18 at 9:52