Middle Level SSAT SAMPLE QUESTION: Sequences

Here’s a SSAT sample question to help you practice the type of sequence problem you may find on the quantitative section of the Middle Level SSAT.

What Are Sequences?

Sequences are number sets that follow a rule that places the numbers in a definite order. For example, “1, 3, 5, 7, 9” is a sequence that results from adding 2 to the first number to get the next number, then adding 2 to that number, and so on. Sequences can follow many patterns. The patterns are the result of the rule.

SSAT Sample Question for Sequences:

 2, 4, 8, 16, 32

The rule for the sequence above is

(A) square each number to produce the next number

(B) add 2 to each number to produce the next number

(C) divide each number by 2 to produce the next number

(D) multiply each number by 2 to produce the next number

(E) add the number before each number to the next number to produce the number after that


Answer Key: 

(D)

2 × 2 = 4; 4 × 2 = 8; 8 × 2 = 16; 16 × 2 = 32

RULE: Multiply each number by 2 to produce the next number


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