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Many grammar and independent schools include verbal reasoning questions in their entrance exams. Keep reading to learn more about common verbal reasoning question types and download free verbal reasoning worksheets.
Verbal reasoning involves analysing written information and using logic to solve problems with letters, words and symbols. It's used by most 11+ exam boards, including GL Assessment, CEM and the ISEB (Independent Schools Exam Board) – in addition to bespoke school-written entrance tests. Take a look at our verbal reasoning exam preparation guide to get suggestions on how your child can prepare effectively.
Verbal reasoning is not taught as part of the English Key Stage 2 national curriculum. While some independent prep schools might prepare students for secondary school entrance exams, this is not compulsory – and much less common in state primary schools.
Most students will not have seen this style of problem-solving exercise before. Using verbal reasoning practice papers at home can help your child develop the skills needed for success in a familiar and comfortable setting before tackling the real test on exam day.
The content of the verbal reasoning test can vary according to the exam board. Here's an up-to-date list of the main skills and topics assessed in the verbal reasoning exam, with free helpsheets for some tricky verbal reasoning question types:
Odd ones out
Finding a missing word
Identifying missing letters
Solving codes (using letters, numbers and/or symbols)
Solving sequences (using letters, numbers and/or symbols)
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Click below to download your free 11+ verbal reasoning practice questions in PDF format. This contains ten sample verbal reasoning practice questions. Your child can work through these independently on paper and then you can review the answers together.
You'll also get access to an answer sheet complete with full explanations for each answer. Use this to help build your child's understanding of how to work through each question.
In this verbal reasoning lesson, Luke shows us how to use deduction to draw conclusions based on a series of statements. This is a common question used in most verbal reasoning papers.
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