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Non Verbal Reasoning Tests

Non verbal reasoning is the process of reaching conclusions through the use of symbols rather than facts. In other words, establishing a pattern or process and then continuing it to it's end. The purpose is to recognize patterns and similarities between shapes and figures.

Non verbal reasoning tests are commonly accepted to be a good measure of general intelligence, and often form part of aptitude and IQ tests. They are not easy to coach towards as it relies on a certain way of thinking. However familiarity with the types of questions posed in these exams make an incredible amount of difference.

If you want your child to do well at the 11 plus exams, make sure he or she gets adequate training in Non Verbal Reasoning as it plays an important part in some of the exams. 11 Plus Swot has a series of comprehensive online non-verbal reasoning tests to give your child an edge over the others.

Non-verbal reasoning is often used to gauge a child’s ability to:

  • Process graphic or pictorial information
  • Apply logical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Spatial awareness
  • Identify patterns
  • Visualise mathematical transformations such as rotation, reflection and symmetry

What sort of questions are in the Non-Verbal Reasoning 11+ exam?

Expect questions along these lines:

  • One object will be transformed (e.g. rotated), what would a second object look like if it was transformed similarly
  • Matching up symbols to a letter code
  • What is next in a sequence of modified symbols
  • What is the "odd one out"
  • What would this object looked like viewed from a different angle

How can I help my child with non verbal reasoning?

As mentioned above it is not the easiest subject to coach on. Practising the tests such as the ones we offer here are the best method. However some activities can help sharpen these skills.

  • Play games where items are deduced by shape, size, colour or other characteristics, such as "Twenty Questions" (classify an object by answering yes or no questions)
  • Pelmanism games (such as placing cards face-down and finding pairs by turning over two at a time)
  • There is substantial evidence that practising a musical ability aids non-verbal reasoning
The best way to practice is with 11 Plus Swot online testing and paper downloads.
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