I will be taking the MENSA culture fair test soon. Couple of questions: 1. I have taken Raven-matrices style tests (picking correct picture from a sequence of pictures) online before, so I understand the general concept. I always only looked at the rows to recognize patterns, since on the easier questions, the pattern was clearly found by looking at the rows. I thought this would be the trend on the remaining questions, so to avoid wasting time, I only looked at rows. Was this correct, or can you also obtain an answer by looking at the pattern within columns (vertically)? Maybe it depends on the specific question/puzzle at hand? 2. Will MENSA (and do similar culture-fair IQ tests) provide instruction relating to my first question, or do they expect us to figure it out, as part of the intelligence measuring process?