Non Verbal Reasoning

Non-verbal reasoning is problem-solving based around pictures, diagrams and shapes, rather than words. Non verbal reasoning isn’t a curriculum-based skill, so your child won’t be taught the techniques at school, at first glance, they can be baffling.

Unlike verbal reasoning, it’s not as reliant on the English language; rather, the questions use drawings, shapes or codes, and your child will need to work out sequences, similarities and differences between these figures or break the code.

Non-verbal reasoning tests are designed to see how your child can use critical thinking and logic to solve problems, and are an indication of their mathematical capabilities and powers of deduction. From this, the theory is that the examining body can get a picture of your child’s potential and intelligence, rather than their learned ability.

The questions in a non-verbal reasoning test are based around mathematical concepts such symmetry, rotation, mirroring, shape, size and direction, and involve diagrams rather than words.

Non-verbal reasoning is really a test of your child’s maths skills. They need to have a good understanding of mathematical concepts such as symmetry, rotation, direction and shape.

The key is a child needs to be disciplined and systematic, and to look at each element in the sequence in turn, ruling out options as they go along.

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