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This Verbal Reasoning course is ideal preparation for elevenplus exams. The online practice offers practice questions similar to those used by most Local Authorities and grammar school exam bodies such as in Kent, Bucks and by the SW Herts consortium.

The following 21 Verbal Reasoning Question Types are commonly used in many versions of the 11+ and all 21 types can be practiced over and over using this site. Your child can also take 50 or 100 question timed tests allowing them to experience  an exam situation in the safety of their own environment. There is more detail in your MY COURSES home page.

Type 1 - Add a letter to make four words.

  rop (?) ver  AND  tre (?) at

In this question type you must add one letter that will create four new words, the same letter must be used in both sets of brackets and must complete the word in front of the brackets and the word after the bracket.

 

Type 2- 2 words that do not go with the other 3. (Related words.)

    PEAR      APPLE      PLUM      RUBY      DIAMOND

In this question type you are given five words. Three of these words are connected in some way. Two words do not go with the other three. You must select these two words from the five that you are given.

 

Type 3 - Codes using letters.

   In a certain code the word HOME is written as IPNF.

What is HOUSE in code?

There are a wide variety of possible codes that can be used in this question type. Some of these codes can be very complicated while others are much simpler and easier to work out. In this question type you may be asked to change code words into English or an English word into a code word.

 

Type 4 - Two words with a similar meaning.

Select two words, one from each group, that are closest to each other in meaning.

                                ( close, door, hear )                          ( open, near, here )

There are other question types that are like this question. Another question type asks you to select the OPPOSITE word; while yet another question type asks you to find a LINK or CONNECTION between words. You must make sure that you are focusing on answering the correct question type. In this question type you are asked to select two words, one from each group, that are closest to each other in meaning. 

 

Type 5 – Find a 4 Letter Word Hidden in a Sentence.

Find the four-letter word that is hidden in this sentence.

After the third time and fourth time he gave up

This question type requires you to know lots of four letter words. You will probably know most of these words and their meanings. In this question type you are asked to find a four-letter word that is hidden in a sentence. The hidden word will be spread over two consecutive words.   

 

Type 6 – Find the 3 Letter Word Missing From a Larger Word.

A sentence starts with a CA_  _  _AL letter.

In this question type you are asked to find a three-letter word that is missing from a larger word.   This question type requires you to know lots of three letter words that may be contained in larger words. The context of the sentence will help you find the larger word and then the smaller word that completes the larger word.

 

Type 7 -  Sums Using Letters as Numbers.

A = 7     B = 2     C = 13    D = 4     E = 0     so    B + D + A = ( ? )
                    Give your answer as a letter.

In this question type you are asked to calculate a sum and then to give your answer as a letter or sometimes as a number. This question type requires you to have a good grasp of many mathematical principles and to think about letters representing numbers. You must ensure that you read the question carefully so that you give your answer as a letter or number as required.

 

Type 8 - Move a Letter to Make 2 New Words.

(bread   &    root)    Move the letter (___) to give (________) and (________)

In this question type you must move one letter from the left-hand word and place it somewhere in the right-hand word. When you do this, you must have created two new words.

 

Type 9 - Find the Next Letter in This Series.

     Find the next letter in this series.

Y              A             C             E              ( ? )

In this question type you are asked to insert the next letter or letters into the series. Writing out the alphabet very quickly can be very helpful. 

Type 10 - Goat is to Kid as Horse is to Foal – Word connections.

finger is to ( point   hand   nail )  as toe is to  ( big   foot   heel )

In this question type you are asked to choose two words, one from each set of brackets that will complete the sentence in the most sensible way.

 

Type 11 - Number Series.

9              11           13           15           ( ? )

Find the next number in this series.

In this question type you are asked to insert the next number or numbers into the series. Writing out a line of numbers such as 1 - 20 can be very helpful as it may help you see the series.
(Of course this may not be practical if the numbers are very large.)

 

Type 12 - Compound words.

In each question below a word from the first set of brackets joins one word from the second set of brackets to make a new word.

                   ( late   farm   time )                     ( over   field   yard )

In this question type you are asked to choose one small word from each of two sets of brackets that will join to make one larger word. This new word is known as a compound word.

 

Type 13 - Middle Word From Outside Words.

Find the missing word that fits into the second set of brackets.

       cat ( sat ) soon       car (   ?   ) ball

In this question type you are asked to fill the space in the second set of brackets by creating the missing word in the same way that the word has been created in the first set of brackets.

 

Type 14 - Letter connections AB is to CD as EF is to GH.

Find the next two letters in this series.

      DE  is to  GH   as   OP  is to  ( ? )

In these questions, you are trying to find a connection between two pairs of letters. There will be a pattern, like a series, to find in the first pair of letters. This pattern will be repeated in the second pair of letters.

Type 15 - Reading information or Logical Deduction.

Julie is taller than John but smaller than Joan 

List the children starting with the tallest.

In this question type you are asked to read information which is given to you in a variety of formats. You are then asked to deduce (work out) the answers from the information that you have been given. These questions can be presented in many ways. Drawing a table to put the information into maybe helpful.

 

Type 16 - Opposite Words.

Select two words, one from each group, that are most opposite to each other in meaning.

                                                   ( over   through   in )       ( out   on   beside )

In this question type you are asked to select two words, one from each group, that are most opposite to each other in meaning.  There are other question types that are like this question. Another question type asks you to select the MOST SIMILAR word; while yet another question type asks you to find a LINK or CONNECTION between words. You must make sure that you are focusing on answering the correct question type.

 

Type 17 - Maths Equations (Complete the sum.)

Complete this sum by writing the correct number in the brackets.

                                                  2  +  2  =  3  +  (?)

In this question type you are asked to complete the mathematical sum by inserting the correct answer in the brackets. The answer will go on one side of the equal sign to complete the sum.

 

Type 18 - Middle Number From Outside Numbers. (Related numbers.)

Find the number that will complete the third group of numbers in the same way.

                                     5  (12)  7       4  (7)  3       2  ( ? )  6      

In this question type you are asked to complete the question by inserting the correct answer in the brackets. The answer is related to the two numbers that are either side of the brackets. 

Type 19 - Codes Using Numbers As Letters in Words.

Here are four words, below the four words are three of the words written in a secret code. The codes may be in a different order from the words.

PACE    CAPE    PART    TAPE

      1234    3214    3267

                    What is TAPE in code?

In this question type you must work out a code. The code uses numbers as letters. You might have to change a code word into English or English word into code.

 

Type 20 - Complete The Third Word.

( acorn, corn )    ( alive, live )                        ( aloft,   ?   )

In this question type you are asked to fill the space in the third set of brackets by creating the missing word in the same way that the word has been created in the first and second set of brackets.  

 

Type 21 - Words With 2 Meanings.

( STY,   FOLD )         ( PENCIL,   BIRO )

HOUSE      BRUSH      PEN      HOME      PIG
  Which of these 5 words will fit into both brackets.

In this question type you are given five words. One of these words is connected in some way to the words in both sets of brackets. You must select one word from the five that you are given. 

A free method sheet is provided within your course for each of the 21 question types.

This course will increase the ability of children to tackle Verbal Reasoning in any exam situation. Verbal Reasoning questions of this type are often used as part of common entrance exams and twelve plus exams for entrance into independent or private schools. No time limit is set for the short 10 question practices allowing children to work at their own pace without the pressure of time constraints.

There is also the option to take 50 or 100 question timed tests. A pupil practicing these questions in the security of their home environment will be at a distinct advantage when sitting the real 11+ exam or other selection test. Suitable professional feedback is given after the child has answered the questions and they have been automatically marked. A free method sheet is given for each of the 21 question types. Why not try the free sample questions?

   11+ Plus Maths       11+ Plus English        11+ Plus Non-Verbal Reasoning

This Verbal Reasoning course forms part of the
complete 11+ Exam preparation course.

Practice is offered in the following 21 verbal reasoning questIon types:-

Add a letter to make four new words, chose two words that do not go with the other three words, codes using letters, 2 words with similar meanings ( synonyms), four letter word hidden in a sentence, three letter word missing from larger word, maths using letters as numbers (algebra), move a letter to make two new words, find the next letter in a series, Analogies, number series (sequences), compound words, form the middle word from the two outside words, AB into CD ( complex series), logical deduction, opposite words (antonyms and homonyms), maths equations (algebra), find the middle number from two outside numbers, using numbers as letters in words (codes), complete the third word from two other words, words with two meanings (homonyms, homophones and homographs.)                                                     

This Verbal Reasoning 11+ Exam Course provides unlimited practice in these areas of Verbal Reasoning.
There is also the option to take unlimited and timed tests.

Your complete 11+ course for all four subject areas that you have purchased will appear in this "My courses " list.

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