My attempt at Question 13 from the Haselbauer-Dickheiser Test

The Haselbauer-Dickheiser Test can be found at

In this blog post, I will study Question 13 from this test.

The question informs us that we have eight identical squares in size and we have to find the order in which the y were place to provide the configuration depicted.

Below I present the original question for your convenience:

Please do not read the rest of this article, if you want to attempt to solve this question on your own. The rest of this article describes my attempt at solving this question and you should not read it, unless you want to or you do not mind coming across relevant ideas, spoilers, hints, solutions, and strong opinions concerning this test.

You have been warned and I now consider that you continue to read knowing that what you come across for the rest of this article may forever spoil things for you and/or present strong opinions against this test.

Last warning: please do not read this blog post, unless you are certain that you know what you are doing. If you are not sure, then it would be best if you stopped reading at this point.

OK. If you are here, it means that you want to know my opinion. Well, ok then!

To cut a long story short, my opinion is that the test is highly inappropriate. In this blog post, I will focus on the study of question 13.

Actually, I find that this is the least obnoxious of the question. Still, I do not consider the question fit to examine a person’s intelligence. But it is not completely hopeless, either, unlike the rest of the question on this test.

When I encountered this question, I thought that the solver did not need to make any assumptions. So, this is what is right about this question.

So, I observed and observed and observed the configuration. And since I did not come up with anything conclusive at first, I thought about importing the picture in PowerPoint and drawing the vertical and horizontal lines that you see in the following image.

And I immediately understood what was going on and the order that the squares were placed. And I wrote the order from bottom to top at the comments section at the bottom of PowerPoint, as you can see in the image above.

So, the question asks us to write the order from top to bottom, but it helps us to understand how the squares were placed by going from bottom to top. Then it is straightforward to reverse the order.

So, I solved the question, but I wanted to make absolutely sure and to prove that was the answer. So, I used Excel. And I drew the squares one by one as they formed the configuration. My work using Excel is depicted in the following image.

So, the order from top to bottom is A D G H F B E C.


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