How to pass the Verbal Reasoning paper of the 11 Plus

4 posts
Jess from Mentor Education
Posts: 110
Joined: Nov 2019
Options:
Share this post on:

How to pass the Verbal Reasoning paper of the 11 Plus

Postby Jess from Mentor Education » Fri Sep 01, 2023 10:22 am

We get a lot of questions about Reasoning here at Mentor Education. We have 40 years of experience helping children pass exams for Alleyn's, JAGS, Emanuel, Dulwich, Trinity, Whitgift and more and 90% of our students get into their first or second choice school. We thought some information on verbal reasoning would be helpful for Nappy Valley readers. 

What's on the Verbal Reasoning Paper?

Verbal Reasoning tests a child's ability to understand and logically work through concepts and problems expressed in words. The tests tell schools how well a child can extract and work with meanings, information and implications from text. It assesses critical thinking skills and the ability to apply knowledge to solve word problems.

Parents are sometimes surprised that Verbal reasoning assessments also include cracking number codes and completing number sequences. There can be some challenging maths on the Verbal Reasoning papers, including square numbers and algebra, so your child must be prepared for this too.
These are some of the most common types of Verbal Reasoning questions. It is important that your child knows how to approach these and has practised them sufficiently.

Sequences: 

- Numerical sequences, including square, cube and prime numbers
- Letter sequences
- Letter connections
- Alphabet analogies

Code breaking:
- Word number codes
- Word - letter codes

Making up words: 
- Using rules to make up words
- Word ladders

Logic Puzzles
- Fact puzzles
- Logic puzzles

Word meanings and vocabulary based questions
- Synonyms
- Antonyms
- Homonyms
- Homophones
- Homographs
- Definitions
- Word categories
Post Reply
Jess from Mentor Education
Posts: 110
Joined: Nov 2019
Options:
Share this post on:

Re: How to pass the Verbal Reasoning paper of the 11 Plus

Postby Jess from Mentor Education » Fri Sep 01, 2023 10:28 am

Preparing for success in the 11 Plus Verbal Reasoning

By far the best long-term preparation for Verbal Reasoning success is to create a daily reading habit with your child. There is an urban myth which states that pass the 11 plus know 10,000 more words than children who do not pass. While this should be taken with a pinch of salt, there is an underlying truth to this statement. Vocabulary acquisition takes a long time to develop and is essential for success. It should not, therefore, be crammed last minute.

In addition to maintaining a daily reading habit, you can help your child to succeed in the 11 Plus by:

- Playing word based board games such as "Scrabble", "Bananagrams" and "Boggle" with your child.
- Playing hangman, crosswords, word searches and Tetris with your child.
- Practising spelling and grammar with tests, eg asking your child the difference between "there", "They're" and "their".

Although speed is vital in the Verbal Reasoning exam, it is important that children read the questions carefully. Encourage your child to take their Verbal Reasoning practice slowly at first as they learn how to approach the questions, and to concentrate on speed only when their knowledge is secure.

 
Post Reply
Jess from Mentor Education
Posts: 110
Joined: Nov 2019
Options:
Share this post on:

Re: How to pass the Verbal Reasoning paper of the 11 Plus

Postby Jess from Mentor Education » Fri Sep 01, 2023 10:28 am

Preparing for success in the 11 Plus Verbal Reasoning

By far the best long-term preparation for Verbal Reasoning success is to create a daily reading habit with your child. There is an urban myth which states that pass the 11 plus know 10,000 more words than children who do not pass. While this should be taken with a pinch of salt, there is an underlying truth to this statement. Vocabulary acquisition takes a long time to develop and is essential for success. It should not, therefore, be crammed last minute.

In addition to maintaining a daily reading habit, you can help your child to succeed in the 11 Plus by:

- Playing word based board games such as "Scrabble", "Bananagrams" and "Boggle" with your child.
- Playing hangman, crosswords, word searches and Tetris with your child.
- Practising spelling and grammar with tests, eg asking your child the difference between "there", "They're" and "their".

Although speed is vital in the Verbal Reasoning exam, it is important that children read the questions carefully. Encourage your child to take their Verbal Reasoning practice slowly at first as they learn how to approach the questions, and to concentrate on speed only when their knowledge is secure.

 
Post Reply
Jess from Mentor Education
Posts: 110
Joined: Nov 2019
Options:
Share this post on:

Re: How to pass the Verbal Reasoning paper of the 11 Plus

Postby Jess from Mentor Education » Fri Sep 01, 2023 10:39 am

What if I am at a state school?

Finally, we wanted to give an honest message to parents of children who are at state schools. Independent schools will say that you do not need additional help with reasoning. They will tell you that this is really a potential test. Do not fall for this. It is a nonsense. Every prep school in Wandsworth is teaching Reasoning intensively. Children can typically improve their scores by 20-30% with practice. Schools like Alleyn's and JAGS will discourage tutoring for their 11 plus - but their own junior schools are intensively training their children in Reasoning. 

Meanwhile, Reasoning is not on the National Curriculum and so state school children are disadvantaged vs independent school applicants. In short, practice does work. 

Here at Mentor Education we have several options that can help. We have 40 years experience, were last year's tuition agency of the year and have helped over 90,000 children pass their 11 plus. 

Tutoring

- We have 1-2-1 in home tutoring with teachers with a track record at schools like Dulwich, Alleyn's, JAGS, Emanuel, Trinity, KCS Wimbledon and more. You can find out more here about our programme. 

11 Plus Exam | 11 Plus Tutoring | Mentor Education - Mentor Education - School Entrance Specialists

Weekend School

- We have a weekend school on Saturdays and Sunday mornings for Years 4, Years 5 and Year 6. This programme was devised by Karol-An Kirkman who was the Academic Head of Finton House school and had 27 years experience of getting children into independent schools. You can book here:

11 Plus Weekend Classes | 11 Plus | Mentor Education - Mentor Education

October Half Term Courses

- We also have intensive October half term courses with dedicated Reasoning classes. You can book here:

11 Plus October Half term Courses - Mentor Education

Academic Assessments

If you are unsure of your child's level and what school they should be going for we have a full academic assessment service. We do this in association with Cambridge University and you get an 10 page report with detailed data on your child's potential and current attainment. We know the scores you need for schools like Kings, Alleyn's, Whitgift, Emanuel, Dulwich, JAGS, Trinity, etc so you will get great advice. Please book here:

Academic Assessments | 11 Plus Tutors | Mentor Education - Mentor Education - Identify your child's potential

Please contact us for advice on hello@mentoreducation.co.uk or 0208 883 2519. We have 11 plus specialists including former senior leaders from prep and independent secondary schools.
Post Reply

Start a conversation
To create a new post and start a new conversation, please click on the button.