Verbal and non-verbal reasoning tests are used in secondary school selection, and in some schools they are also part of CATs at the beginning of Year 7. Reasoning skills are a form of critical thinking; the tests are designed to assess a child's ability with words, numbers, shapes and space. While these skills can be developed and practised, they are non curriculum-based skills, so aren't always taught as part of KS2. The Verbal and non-verbal reasoning: an introduction pack has been written to provide a general overview of these skills, including practical examples of the common types of questions, hints and explanations to help you understand the solutions and play-based ways to help prepare your child at home (be warned, though, you will have to participate - and might even enjoy it!).
Written by headteacher, parent and verbal and non-verbal reasoning expert Stephen McConkey of Learning Together, this 45-page pack is a great way to start planning for your child's move to secondary school.
- Verbal and non-verbal reasoning: an introduction
- 10 steps to effective Eleven Plus preparation and practice
- The no-textbooks way to prepare for the Eleven Plus
- Verbal reasoning practice: 45 questions
- Non-verbal reasoning practice: 46 questions
For more verbal and non-verbal reasoning practice look though TheSchoolRun's 11+ Learning Journey, a complete preparation plan for the 11+ exam.