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What is the difference between Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning?

nvr_example_questionNon – 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 series of diagrams and find the odd one out, or the next in the sequence. To the right is an example of a non-verbal reasoning question.

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Verbal Reasoning requires children to problem solve using words and letters. Some types of questions that are tested in a verbal reasoning exam are spotting letter sequences, cracking codes based on letters and numbers, following written instructions, and thinking about text, spotting words within words or finding a letter to complete two other words. To the right is an example of a verbal reasoning question.

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Essentially, verbal reasoning works with words and non-verbal reasoning works with pictures and diagrams. Children will have to answer both VR and NVR questions as part of the 11+ exam.

Other useful help pages:

Verbal Demo   What is Verbal Reasoning     

NonVerbal Demo   What is Non-Verbal Reasoning?      

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