# PAT Cube Counting - A Guided Introduction 2021 [Updated]

Cube counting is usually thought of as an easy section, however, it should not to be taken lightly. In fact, the Perceptual Ability Test doesn’t have problems that are just plain and simple. You’ll likely have to put effort into each and every single question you face on exam day.

What you’ll find below is a simple introduction to cube counting. If you want more material on this subject you should check out some of the resources available at PATCrusher. As with every other section of the PAT and the DAT, you want to practice a lot. After all, most of these problems become much easier once you meet a certain level of preparation.

### Introduction to Cube Counting

In a cube counting question you will be presented with a figure made of connecting cubes, all of them are the same size. Your task here is to give the right answer as to how many cubes in the figure would have a certain number of sides painted if a bucket of paint were to be dropped on top. You’ll have to examine the figure and determine how many cubes have either of the following characteristics.

• Only one side painted.
• Only two sides painted.
• Only three sides painted.
• Only four sides painted.
• All five sides painted.

### Cube Counting Practice

This is it for the basics of cube counting. Let’s review an easy example of this kind of problem below. In the figure below, figure A, how many cubes have one side painted? Painted is also another way of saying exposed.