How to pass a verbal reasoning test?

Verbal reasoning means “’understanding and reasoning using concepts framed in words – it aims at evaluating the ability to think constructively rather than just recognise vocabulary’. Verbal reasoning is a test of a skill rather than a test of learned knowledge.”
 
The aim of this subject is to test whether your child has this skill rather than to test knowledge.

Types of questions in a verbal reasoning exam

Typical verbal reasoning questions include:

  • Follow written instructions
  • Spot letter sequences
  • Crack codes based on numbers and letters
  • Find a letter to complete two other words
  • Spot words within words

How to improve verbal reasoning for the 11 Plus Exam
Make sure you read properly

Make sure you read properly

Often students misinterpret the question or don’t understand the question because they don’t read the question properly. Making this mistake can mean you miss out on easy marks. 
Another element to reading properly is ensuring you read the paragraph that comes with the key question well, so you are able to fully understand the message being conveyed.

Play games

Word games such as scrabble and boggle can help children develop their verbal reasoning skills. Other games that are beneficial include word searches, hangman and crosswords. 

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Boost general knowledge

This can happen either by keeping up with the news, teaching about different countries, cultures and religions. You can also do this by taking your little one to museums and exhibitions. 

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