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16+ Reasoning


16 Plus Reasoning tests can often be the thorn in a student’s side. Reasoning is not normally covered at school, so can catch students off-guard. However, with a bit of guidance from a tutor, a student can easily grasp what’s required of them and actually learn to enjoy the challenge these questions present.

Many schools’ entrance tests will test verbal and/or non-verbal reasoning. Verbal reasoning, as the name suggests, tests the student’s ability to play with words, spotting patterns and connections, solving word problems and filling in gaps. A typical question is:

Unjumble the letters of the word written in capital letters to make a new word which is connected with the words on either side of the brackets.

MALE       lunch      (               )      dinner

Non-verbal reasoning tests the student’s ability to play with shapes and patterns, spotting connections, breaking codes and solving problems. A typical question is:

Which one of the five shapes or patterns on the right is most like the two on the left?


(from visuteach.com)

A 16 Plus Reasoning tutor will give a student strategies and tips as to how to tackle reasoning questions: once a student is familiar with the types of questions and what to expect, confidence, fluency and enjoyment increases.

Do call us on 020 7584 5355 or email us to discuss your needs further.

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