11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning
Non-Verbal Reasoning is another popular way to test a child's problem solving skills. This test is not language based and is based on the use of pictures, symbols, patterns and shapes. There are three main types of Non-Verbal Reasoning questions but the wording of the questions will differ from school to school.
Similarities: This type will ask the child to find commonalities between pictures, patterns and symbols. They may also have to find the odd-one-out.
Sequences: Here students must find the pattern or link between a series of pictures or symbols. This may be to find the next part of a sequence or to complete a missing part of a pattern.
Analogies: This is usually a two-part question that asks children to discover the link between a pair of pictures and then apply that link to another pair. This is a test of logic.
11+ Verbal Reasoning
Verbal Reasoning is probably considered the best way to test a child's ability to learn or innate intelligence. Many private schools in the area use Verbal Reasoning tests as part of their entrance examinations. For entry into the Grammar school system, Verbal Reasoning forms 50% of the entrance requirements.
Verbal Reasoning is a language based, problem-solving test and therefore relies on the child having a strong vocabulary. Children will be asked to match words, find links and relationships between words and numbers, construct words and look for similar or opposite meanings, as well as make simple calculations.
There are many question types that could be used in the Verbal Reasoning examination and we aim to teach all of these in our sessions. Employers and universities also use verbal reasoning tests to examine the skills of applicants.