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Verbal reasoning practice: add a letter

Verbal reasoning practice: Add a letter
This 11 plus worksheet, created by an experienced teacher, will show you how to make new words by adding just one letter. Try to put one letter into these questions that will complete all FOUR words.
Keystage:  KS2, Year 5, 11 Plus

What is verbal reasoning in the 11 plus test?

Verbal reasoning is a part of the 11 plus test where children are asked questions to show how well they understand and use language. They might have to figure out the meanings of words, spot similarities or differences between words, or complete sentences with the right words. It's like a puzzle, using words and sentences to see how well they can think with language.

What are some examples of verbal reasoning?

here are some examples of verbal reasoning questions that might appear in the 11 plus test:

  • Analogies: Cat is to kitten as dog is to _____? (Possible answers: puppy, kitten, fur, bark)
  • Synonyms and antonyms: Choose the word most similar in meaning to 'happy'. (Possible answers: joyful, sad, angry, excited)
  • Word relationships: If cat is to meow, then dog is to _____? (Possible answers: bark, purr, wag, chase)
  • Completing sentences: The sun shines during the _____. (Possible answers: day, night, winter, rain)
  • Decoding words: What word is formed by rearranging the letters in 'listen'? (Possible answer: silent)
  • Reading comprehension: Read the passage and answer the questions that follow.

How will this verbal reasoning worksheet help my child?

It's common to come across a verbal reasoning question in the 11 plus test that asks your child to insert a missing letter. This teacher-created resource goes over this skill and provides an excellent opportunity for your child to practise and become confident with this question type.