Introduction to Reasoning

The 11+ exam, in all its forms, is primarily an intelligence test that assesses your child’s problem-solving skills when working at speed and determines how effectively they can process information. Verbal and Non-Verbal reasoning is not part of the National Curriculum and this style of assessment can feel quite strange for many children in the state system.

Monday to Friday | summer holidays | Open to children in Year 4 

The five days will introduce the underlying thinking processes inherent in the reasoning papers through the use of our Metacognitive tools and activities. There will be plenty of opportunity to become familiar with the style of testing found in the 11+ papers through access to our Digital Intelligence Platform.

With the basic skills in place and a solid understanding of the types of questions set, pupils will be able to:

  1. Process verbal and non-verbal information
  2. Determine the inherent thinking processes involved 
  3. Apply logical thinking and problem-solving skills
  4. Practise their skills through answering 11+ style questions
  5. Receive targeted feedback from highly experienced 11+ teachers

Monday: What is reasoning?

  • Introducing the core thinking processes tested in VR & NVR papers
  • Using Thinking Frames to plan answers

Tuesday: Verbal Reasoning

  • Sorting words: Common themes, opposite/similar, odd one out, identifying categories 

Wednesday: Non-Verbal Reasoning

  • Details! Details! Using a mnemonic to check all aspects of things that can change
  • Identifying different question types

Thursday: Verbal Reasoning

  • Make new words by adding, removing or changing letters and combining words 
  • Vocabulary! Vocabulary! Games and puzzles to improve your vocabulary

Friday: Non-Verbal Reasoning

  • Multi layered questions
  • Spatial thinking with nets and cubes

£175 for the 5 days (7.5 hours in total)

11+ Free Resources

Preparing for the 11+ exams is not an easy journey, download our free resources, each Friday. Each 11+ resource has been carefully designed by our experienced teachers to develop and reinforce exam skills through metacognitive actions.