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There are at least 21 Verbal Reasoning question types that are often used by Local Education Authorities and schools as part of a grammar school selection process.
11+ Verbal Reasoning is problem-solving based around words and language.
Question types include those requiring your child to find words with the closest meaning or words with the nearest opposite meaning, antonyms and synonyms, to complete words using one or two letters and logic or logical deduction. Breaking codes or completing anologies are other possible question types.
This logical deduction is often one of the 21 question types that children find most difficult.
A logical deduction question requires a lot of teaching and learning for both parent and child. If you feel up to it try this -
Eleanor, Ruth, Ann and Melanie are four women. Eleanor, Ruth and Melanie own a sports car. Ann owns a van. Eleanor’s and Melanie’s vehicles are red and the other vehicles are green. Ruth and Melanie have radios in their vehicles the others do not have a radio.
What colour is Melanie’s sport car? (________________)
Who has a red sports car without a radio? (________________)
What colour is the van? (________________)
How many vehicles are red and have a radio? (________________)
Not only is this topic demanding it also requires your child to work very quickly.
Other question types will ask your child to find small words hidden within a larger word. To do this successfully a child needs a wide vocabulary gained by reading a variety of resources and revision materials.
While most of the commonly used 21 Verbal Reasoning question types are English based some are maths based. Number series is a good example and demands quick recall of a variety of number facts.
Try these with each question following a different rule.
Complete the sequences below.
2.5 5.0 7.5 10.0 (____________)
243 81 27 9 (____________)
39 43 46 48 (____________)
Again your child must work quickly especially when in some versions of the 11+ exam they have to complete 100 questions in an hour.
With many schools and Local Education Authorities administering at least one Verbal Reasoning test these Learning Together books provide practice tests in a wide range of Verbal Reasoning question types.
Verbal reasoning Books 1-4 contain 5 tests each with 85 questions. The most difficult book, Challenge Tests, contains 3 tests of 100 questions.
The How to do 11-plus Verbal Reasoning book is a Step by Step guide explaining the skills and techniques needed to improve a child's skill in Verbal Reasoning. Answers are included with each book.
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