In my 20+ years experience, I know that these can be the stuff of nightmares. It’s the most difficult of all the 11 plus tests.

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The key learning point is to take this on-board as simply a new skill to master, like any other. Learning to drive typically takes a few months with some regular weekly time devoted to practice. Your realistic expectation is to learn strategies and a process for passing the exam –  there’s no need to overachieve and to expect to become the best driver out there. ‘Squiggles’ tests certainly can divide opinion.

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Intro to Non-Verbal Reasoning Tests

It’s those test questions based upon geometric shapes and interpreting the patterns in these figures which are also called abstract reasoning tests. Test takers are asked to identify the pattern in a series of these shapes. Such abstract reasoning tests usually comprise of shapes, such as squares, triangles and squares. The pattern can be how the shapes change through, for example, their shading, rotation or reflection. Such non-verbal reasoning tests usually comprise of shapes, such as squares, triangles and squares. The pattern can be how the shapes change through, for example, their shading, rotation or reflection.

Why is non-verbal reasoning so important?

Graduate non-verbal reasoning test scores provide an indication of learning potential. Non-verbal reasoning tests indicate an ability to reason logically and to work with new ‘ideas’. In summary, non-verbal reasoning tests assess critical thinking.

Introduction to the Different Types of 11-Plus

There are two main assessment organisations that provide 11-plus exams for most regions in the UK – CEM and GL. Both types of 11-plus test cover maths, verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning but there are some key differences. Some regions use a mixture of the two papers. There may also be differences in the exams used by different grammar schools within the same region. Therefore, it is essential to check which test format your child will be taking so that you can use the correct practice papers to prepare.

GL 11+ Exams

The GL 11+ exams may be multiple choice or standard format. They are:

  • Separated by subject.
  • Subdivided usually. The subdivisions include English, maths, verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning.
  • Composed of questions from the GL Assessment Question bank..

CEM 11+ Exams

Whereas, the CEM 11+ exams are:

  • Made up of two papers.
  • Each of the two CEM 11+ papers has a mixture of separately timed sections.
  • Resistant to coaching. This makes the CEM 11+ exams fairer.
  • Made-up of questions linked to Key Stage 2 content. In particular, vocabulary and speed.

Essex 11+ Exams

The third type of 11 Plus exam format is the Essex 11+ Exam. It is only used for admittance to Essex’s grammar school system.

 

11 plus non verbal reasoning test tips

It’s those test questions based upon geometric shapes and interpreting the patterns in these figures which are called abstract reasoning tests. Test takers are asked to identify the pattern in a series of these shapes. Such abstract reasoning tests usually comprise of shapes, such as squares, triangles and squares. The pattern can be how the shapes change through, for example, their shading, rotation or reflection. Such non-verbal reasoning tests usually comprise of shapes, such as squares, triangles and squares. The pattern can be how the shapes change through, for example, their shading, rotation or reflection.

Why is non-verbal reasoning so important?

Graduate non-verbal reasoning test scores provide an indication of learning potential. Non-verbal reasoning tests indicate an ability to reason logically and to work with new ‘ideas’. In summary, non-verbal reasoning tests assess critical thinking.

Non-Verbal Reasoning Step-by-Step Strategies
Series format non-verbal reasoning tips

Series non-verbal reasoning questions present 4 to 5 boxes in a line. The individual boxes contain a series of ever-evolving figures. For example, there may be one black square and four white circles in the first box. A regular increase in the number of black figures by one each time could be the pattern that needs to be identified. The pattern in the second box would be two black figures and so on.

“Complete the pattern” non-verbal reasoning practice

In the “complete the pattern” type of non-verbal reasoning, you need to select which of the five answer options completes the 2 rows by 2 columns, or the 3 by 3 box. This sounds a lot more complicated than it actually is. Typically, the pattern is the same in both the horizontal and the vertical direction. So, if there are 3 rows by 3 columns then the pattern across each row and column becomes even easier to spot.

Odd One Out format non-verbal reasoning practice

Odd One Out non-verbal reasoning test formats present five figures; one of which does not fit with the other four figures.

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