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Non-verbal reasoning patterns

Non-verbal reasoning patterns
A non-verbal reasoning worksheet created by an educational expert, which provides questions and answers for non-verbal reasoning patterns (or sequences).
Keystage:  KS2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6, 11 Plus

What are non-verbal reasoning patterns or sequences? 

Non-verbal reasoning involves the ability to understand and analyse visual patterns, shapes, and sequences without relying on language. Non-verbal reasoning patterns or sequences can take various forms, and understanding them often requires spatial awareness, logical reasoning, and pattern recognition skills.

What is an example of a non-verbal reasoning question? 

Here's an example of an 11 plus non-verbal reasoning question:

Imagine you are presented with a sequence of shapes arranged in a specific pattern. 

A non-verbal reasoning question could be: 

Which shape completes the sequence?

(You will be provided with options to choose from.)

To determine the missing shape, you will need to identify the underlying rule or pattern governing the sequence.

You might notice the following pattern:

  • The triangle moves one step clockwise in each subsequent figure.
  • The square moves two steps clockwise in each subsequent figure.
  • The circle moves three steps clockwise in each subsequent figure.

Applying this pattern to the last figure, you can deduce that the next shape should be three steps clockwise from the circle. 

You should be able to figure out which option to select by applying this rule to the shapes provided. 

How will this non-verbal reasoning patterns worksheet help your child?

This non-verbal reasoning worksheet was created by an educational expert with the purpose of providing at-home practise for your child to develop their non-verbal reasoning skills. Your child will be asked non-verbal reasoning questions, similar to those they may be asked in an 11 plus exam, and the answers are included. 

For more 11 plus information, check out our 11 plus hub, or challenge your child with more non-verbal worksheets such as Non-verbal reasoning: counting sides, symbols and more.