How to do 11plus Verbal Reasoning 

Here we show you how to do 11plus Verbal Reasoning questions. Verbal Reasoning question types will be used by almost all Local Authorities, grammar schools and private schools as part of their exam. Not all schools teach Verbal Reasoning but with structured practice and by learning the techniques a child’s ability in Verbal Reasoning will improve. Whether your child is sitting a multiple-choice paper or a standard format 11plus Verbal Reasoning exam - practice and adequate preparation will always help.

There are 21 types of Verbal Reasoning question that are commonly used in the 11plus exam but there may be at least 35 – 40 (or more!) different versions of these 21 types.

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Verbal Reasoning papers are mostly language based and it is important to encourage your child to read widely as this will expose them to a wide variety of words and their meanings. Games such as Scrabble are ideal for developing a child’s vocabulary.

Verbal Reasoning exams may also include a number of mathematics-based questions.


Your child will have been taught about anagrams, synonyms and antonyms, homophones and other aspects of English all of which will be relevant to their 11plus but they need to be able to apply this knowledge quickly when working out the answer to a Verbal Reasoning question.


There will be a number of different ways to complete a Verbal Reasoning question but our experienced authors have created “Tips and techniques” pages for the most common 21 types of VR question.

Browse these pages as they will help you to help your child.