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What are Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning tests that PPTC are considering?

PPTC considering new test format?

As at March 2021 PPTC are considering using Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning tests in the autumn of 2021. PPTC organise one of the Transfer Tests in Northern Ireland.

These new tests would probably replace the English and maths tests currently being used.

These new question types will be completely alien to most parents especially the Non-Verbal Reasoning tests.

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Where can I get practice books?

If this does happen our Belfast based company, , will be the only local company able to provide suitable and adequate generic practice materials to help parents and children through this new exam process.


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Verbal Reasoning 11+

This involves children thinking about words and text and solving problems, sequences, series (in both numbers and letters), synonyms and antonyms, compound words and logical deduction to name but a few question types. There are 21 common question types that have been used in the past and are likely to be used in some format in the future. Verbal Reasoning requires your child to have a good grasp of English grammar and a wide vocabulary. Most schools and Local Authorities administer at least one verbal reasoning test.

Our How to do Verbal Reasoning book is a good starting point.

Non-verbal Reasoning 11+

This test type covers a wide range of subject areas such as which shape is next in the series, odd one out, reflections and spatial awareness of 2-D and 3-D shapes. Your child may also be required to understand rotation and symmetry.

A common and difficult question type is working out which cube is made from a net – in other words can your child understand the connections between a 2-d shape folded into a 3-d shape.

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2D shape folded into a 3D shape

Your child needs to be able to quickly spot differences and similarities between shapes. Sometimes a smaller shape will be hidden in a larger shape. Will your child be able to see the hidden shape? Non-Verbal Reasoning also makes demands on the child's mathematical capabilities perhaps being asked to calculate how much of a shape is shaded. Understanding simple concepts such as right and left or up and down will help your child deal with more complex and demanding aspects of Non-Verbal Reasoning.

Many Local Authorities and independent schools use non-verbal reasoning tests. Non-verbal reasoning makes demands on the child's mathematical capabilities, however, it makes less demand on the understanding of written language. 

Our How to do Non-Verbal Reasoning book is a good starting point.


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