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Non-verbal reasoning test tutoring

Non-verbal reasoning assesses how your child analyses visual information and solves problems with visual logic.

  • Geometry: Working out cube nets and how shapes look when folded

  • Sequencing: working out which diagram comes next in a sequence

  • Patterns: rotation and symmetry

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How is non-verbal reasoning tested?

To succeed in this element of the exam children must be logical and understand maths concepts such as symmetry and rotation. Each non-verbal reasoning question will provide the children with a sequence of shapes that they must analyse. Questions could include 'find the next one in the sequence' or 'find the odd one out'.

Non-verbal reasoning challenges children to interpret visual problems, without the need to draw on prerequisite information. For this reason, it is seen as a 'pure intelligence' measure. To tackle the non-verbal reasoning exam with confidence children must be familiar with the different question types and practice to improve their speed and accuracy.

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Non-verbal reasoning test questions

Depending on your child's individual needs we will tailor your child's session to build up their math skills. Our range of practice resources help your child feel familiar with the different types of non-verbal reasoning questions they may face.

Non-verbal reasoning example question:

Use the letter codes given in the below clues to work out the letters that replace ?? in the fifth clue.

non-verbal question 1

In this test of pattern recognition, identify how the letters, shapes and symbols relate to one another to figure out the answer.

Answer: QC

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11 Plus Non-Verbal Reasoning FAQs

Why is non-verbal reasoning assessed in the 11 Plus exam?

Evaluating a child’s proficiency in non-verbal reasoning through the 11 Plus exam provides insights into their capability to interpret visual data and deduce conclusionsfrom it. These analytical abilities are crucial for subjects like maths, where solely relying on linguistic competencies will not be enough.

Diverse aptitudes define every child’s academic journey. While some might display a knack for linguistic tasks, others find their strengths in non-verbal territories. By incorporating non-verbal reasoning into the 11 Plus examinations, it ensures that students aren’t merely assessed based on their verbal abilities but are also recognised for their wider spectrum of cognitive strengths. Non-verbal reasoning tests highlight these strengths, offering a more well-rounded view of a child’s potential, beyond linguistic abilities.

How crucial is preparation for the 11 Plus non-verbal reasoning exam?

Preparing for non-verbal reasoning testsis important to achieving success. Proper preparation not only builds confidence but also familiarises students with the types of problems they may face, ensuring they can approach them with more clarity and precision. At Explore Learning, our specialised non-verbal reasoning tutoring offers tailored strategies and practice resources. By immersing students in our structured tutoring sessions, we equip them with the tools and techniques needed to excel in their assessments

What is Non-Verbal Reasoning?

Non-verbal reasoning refers to the ability to understand and analyse visual information and to solve problems using visual reasoning without the need for language. It encompasses skills such as recognising patterns, understanding sequences and deducing relationships between shapes and figures.

What Does Poor Non-Verbal Reasoning Mean?

Poor non-verbal reasoning indicates a difficulty in processing and interpreting visual data. A student witch challenges in this area might struggle with tasks like identifying patterns, understanding relationships between shapes or predicting the next item in the sequence. For someone with poor non-verbal reasoning, working witha professional tutor would be extremely beneficial

What Are The Types of Non-Verbal Reasoning?

Non-verbal reasoning can be categorised into various types based on the kind of skills being assessed. However, the common types include:

Spatial awareness: Understanding how shapes or patterns relate spatially.

Analogies: Identifying the relationships between two items and finding a third item that shares the same relationship with a given item.

Sequences: Determining the next item in a visualsequence.

Classification: Grouping items together based on shared characteristics.

Code breaking: Understanding the sequences where shapes are used as a form of code.

How Do You Prepare For a Non-Verbal Reasoning Test?

To prepare for a non-verbal reasoning test, it’s vital to familiarise yourself with the range of potential questions. Regularly practice is the key to success, including tackling practice papers and engaging in visual exercises. Additionally, seeking guidance, especially from tutoring services like Explore Learning, can significantly enhance the student’s skills, thanks to the tailored and structured sessions designed to enhance non verbal reasoning abilities.

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