Verbal reasoning is almost always included in the exam papers for selective schools. It tests a combination of vocabulary knowledge, logical reasoning skills and code deciphering. Bizarrely, maths questions such as sequences and number patterns are also tested.

For some children, despite never having seen these types of questions before, it just ‘clicks’. Tackling word searches and Sudoku could help this be the case for your child. For those who find this more challenging, exposure and practice is key.

It might be worth noting a few differences between examination types:

GL (NFER) assessments – Cover up to 21 different verbal reasoning skills. These can require a child to work out the answer or find the answer from a selection of options. For children preparing for this exam type we cover all 21 question types during our exam preparation class.

CEM exams – The question types tend not to be as clearly defined and verbal reasoning skills are commonly assessed as part of the English test. To best prepare your child we have selected the most common verbal reasoning question types that have historically appeared in CEM exams.

We employ traditional paper based as well as online activities to provide sufficient practice and best prepare your child for verbal reasoning exams. Access to online activities is perfect for supporting home practice as there are endless unique tests your child can undertake!

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