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What is Non-Verbal Reasoning?


Non – verbal reasoning is problem solving using pictures and diagrams. It tests the ability to analyse visual information and solve problems based on visual reasoning. Often, children are asked to look at a sequence and find the odd one out.

Pupils are expected to have a solid knowledge of shape and measure, especially in topics such as rotation and symmetry.

The questions appear in diagrammatic and pictoral formats. Your child will need to be able to understand and analyse this information mentally and without limitations of language skills. 

Non-Verbal Reasoning is used in 11+ exams because it allows examiners to judge pupils' visual acuity, speed of perception, and their ability to recognise and manipulate objects.

The skills required for the Non-Verbal Reasoning exam are not as easy to acquire as simple literacy and numeracy skills through extensive exposure and practice, as it goes beyond and bypasses language acquistition and mathematical ability.

Through practice and familiarisation, children are able to improve their skills in this area, despite it not being taught conventionally in schools.

NVR skills assisst in developing conceptual and imaginative ability, as children are forced to face new and unconventional material.

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