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11+ verbal reasoning test tips
Firstly, questions typically consist of single sections of text, each of which is followed by a series of questions relating to that particular section. Each question requires relevant pieces of information to be extracted from the passage and a specific judgement to be made on the basis of this information.
The comprehension questions below consist of a long passage of text, followed by 2-3 statements about the information contained within the passage. Identify which of these statements are ‘correct’ and which statements are ‘incorrect’. Only use the information given in the passages. Assume that the information in the passages is correct even if you know otherwise.
Your verbal reasoning skills may be something that you’ve taken for granted. Or you may have assumed that they are only relevant for people who like doing crosswords and playing Scrabble. In fact, reading comprehension is something that we all do every day in both our personal lives and at work. From newspapers and magazines to correspondence and company reports, you use your verbal reasoning skills to make sense of all different types of writing. Whether you are aware of it or not, you use your verbal reasoning skills when following a new recipe, reading a notice at a train station, applying for a bank account, or browsing through holiday brochure.
11+ verbal reasoning test tips
As you’ve seen above, everyone needs to have basic verbal reasoning skills to survive daily life. And good verbal reasoning skills are a key prerequisite for many different jobs. Any job that involves frequent communication requires verbal reasoning skills. This could mean written communication in emails or reports, or spoken and written communication such as in teaching. In a commercial environment, for instance, call centre employees need to be able to converse clearly with their customers. At the graduate and managerial levels, many jobs require the interpretation and critical analysis of complex verbal information.
Almost all jobs require some form of verbal communication and/or reading written information. Internal correspondence with your colleagues can be more informal (depending upon who they are!) than when you are communicating with your customers or clients.
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5 ways to deal with a disruptive pupil
Picture the scene. As a teacher, I have asked a Year 9 pupil to the front as she has been disruptive since the beginning of the lesson. Immediately she is backed up by her crew and they are all ready to point out the many ways in which her human rights and dignity are being threatened. I am the enemy and they are all ready to tell me what they hate about me. What now.
In a recent TES article by Nikki Cunningham-Smith, the leader of a PRU (Pupil Referral Unit) and assistant headteacher in Gloucestershire, she gives us 5 ways to deal with this.
- Minimise verbal communication: Don’t start a discussion in front of an audience. If a discussion is needed, do it in private.
- Move them to a new location: If in the classroom, ask them to leave. Don’t engage until they have done so, even if it means you have to hold the door open for them. If in a different space when on duty, ask them to meet you in your classroom or alternatively the head of the year or head of schools office. It is not an option, but they can choose the location. Do not engage further and give them a timeframe. “See you there in 3 minutes”.
- Outline the consequences: If they are still reluctant, outline the consequences. “If you don’t leave, I will have to get someone to remove you and it will become a much bigger deal.”
- Let them feel listened to: Take the time to breathe while you get them where they need to be. Then give them a chance to talk it out from their side. Be firm. Listen and then explain that their behaviour was inappropriate and that you will not be spoken to in that way. If they do not agree, they can take it further at lunch, but now they need to focus on their work. If you are interrupted start at the beginning and complete your message – known as the ‘broken record’ This is not meant to annoy, but to get the fact across that this is the only message.
- A full stop to the situation: When the message has been delivered, ask if there is anything else they want to add. Not to engage in another rant, so stop them if they start and reiterate that it is not relevant and time to move on. Often the reason for the behaviour will come out at this point. Ask them to return to their seat or lunch room.