Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning

Verbal Reasoning is a form of problem solving based around words and language. It involves thinking about text, solving word problems, following written instructions to find a solution, finding letter sequences and deciphering letter and number-based codes. Verbal Reasoning encourages the children to be inquisitive and explore topics to gain a greater understanding and think for themselves.

Verbal reasoning tests evaluate skill, rather than of learned knowledge. These tests form the basis of senor school selections and 11+ exams and are introduced in Year 3.

Non-verbal reasoning involves the ability to understand and analyse visual information and solve problems using visual reasoning. For example: identifying similarities and differences between shapes and patterns, recognising visual sequences and relationships between objects, and remembering these.

Non-Verbal Reasoning tests are designed to see how pupils apply can use critical thinking skills to solve problems. Non-Verbal Reasoning tests are based around mathematical concepts such as symmetry, rotation, mirroring, shape, size, and direction, and involve diagrams rather than words.  The mental processes required to complete these tests demonstrate how pupils understand and assimilate new information.

The enjoyment of Reasoning lies in the ability to appreciate pattern and order, to solve puzzles and to show an interest in vocabulary. We hoped that these skills learned will will be applied to all academic subjects.


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