11 Plus Non-Verbal Reasoning

The non-verbal reasoning section of the 11+ assessment can be a tricky one to prepare your child for, because it is not a case of revising what has been taught in the curriculum but enhancing their skills in problem-solving. This can be a challenge for young children when they are first introduced to it, so it’s important to begin practicing early on. It’s less about what they know for this section, and more about how they approach the question.Non-verbal reasoning is a section that is aimed at testing spatial awareness and solving problems using reasoning skills. This might include image sequences or warped and rotated images that the child will have to make assessments of. The types of questions in non-verbal reasoning assessments vary depending on where the exam is being taken, but there are some kinds of questions that come up across the board:
  • Reversing images and colour
  • Analogies
  • Hidden shapes
  • Adding shapes or taking them away
  • 3×3 grids
The styles of these questions can vary massively in order to test how the child is with taking information and answering a question about it. The questions might also vary depending on where the examination is being issued. To find out more about the specific style of questions your child might come into contact with, it is best to contact the grammar school or education authority directly.
11 Plus Non Verbal Reasoning

Preparing For Non-Verbal Reasoning

Non-verbal reasoning might be more difficult for some children than others, but this doesn’t mean it’s impossible to improve. The best way to practice non-verbal reasoning is for the child to become familiar and confident with the kinds of questions that come up so that they get used to them. Using our non-verbal reasoning course, your child will have the opportunity to practise these kinds of questions and improve naturally in time for the exam.
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