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Verbal Reasoning Technique and Practice: Volume 3 [Paperback]

Susan J. Daughtrey
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Paperback: 37 pages
  • Publisher: Child's World Education (Dec 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 189869673X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1898696735
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 29 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Help your child pass the 11 plus verbal reasoning test.

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive guide to Verbal Reasoning 13 Feb 2006
Format:Paperback
This neat guide is an excellent preparatory tool for parents, pupils and teachers preparing for verbal reasoning tests either as part of the 11+ or elsewhere. It contains separate "Technique" and "Practice" sections for no less than 13 different kinds of verbal reasoning test, ranging from letter swaps to odd-words-out. There's even a "personal record table" and a "Prize Certificate" at the end to encourage kids to keep going. The text is a tiny bit dry, but the practice tests have everything you need.
Summary: well-constructed tool for building verbal reasoning skills.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the BEST! 13 Jan 2008
By E. Heckingbottom TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I have used this scheme with all the pupils that I have taught for a great many years and I have to say that it really is the best!

It starts off by teaching a technique for solving a particular type of question (best worked through with the child - if you leave them to read it through by themselves, they will skim read it at best!) It then gives the child a ten minute practice test focussing totally on the technique type that has just been taught - ensuring that they have understood and grasped the method.

There is also a book of 'Further Practice Exercises' which give more examples of the same type of question, also grouped into 10 minute practice tests.

The only draw back for those in the Essex area (CSSE) is that these practice questions are not presented in the Multiple Choice format - however, the basic technique for solving questions is similar, whichever the eventual format. IMHO, it is still worth using these books to teach the basic techniques as, once learnt, they are easily adapted.

In addition, there are 2 books of 50 minute practice papers (conventional style) and 2 booklets of practice papers written in the Multiple Choice format.

This scheme is well worth using in preparation for the 11+, and I recommend its use from early Year 5 onwards.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Would need all 4 books for thorough coverage 28 Aug 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The product description should really be updated! The 35 types of question are not all covered in each book, rather the first 2 books cover English based questions and books 3 & 4 cover the maths/code type questions. This information is very clear on the back of the book (once it arrives) but not in the product description to help you choose. As it says 35 question types are covered I kind of assumed they would be done at different levels in each book.

I had hoped for a comprehensive overview of all question types as my daughter is already familiar with many of the VR requirements and I ended up buying book 1 which did not cover the skills in which my daughter is weakest.

However the text is very clear and easy to follow, so no doubt once I buy the correct book it will help remind her of the basic skills she needs to tackle the different questions. I would say the series is really aimed at children towards the end of Year 4 / beginning of Year 5 as the information and examples are very basic. Although originally published in 1993 this is an updated 2012 edition, so should be fairly current.

Good to get started at a younger age, but you will need ALL FOUR to cover the 35 question types, not just one. Also some good tips for thinking skills/speeding up responses.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful for helping with children's homework 16 April 2009
By OEJ TOP 100 REVIEWER TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This book was specifically recommended by my daughter's primary school teacher and we have gone through all the verbal reasoning techniques together and completed the various mock tests. For any child seeking to improve on this element of their education it has to be recommended, my only criticism (and it's a minor one) is that some of the words and concepts seemed a little 'grown-up' for a nine-year-old and I think more age-relevant ideas could have been employed. For example, my daughter had never heard of the words 'veto' or 'axis' so she failed the questions that included them but I felt that a slightly simpler phraseology could have been used for her benefit. In cases such as that the parent can substitute a different hypothesis, so it's not exactly a problem, but I am surprised that, given the revisions in 2001, 2005 and 2008 to the original 1993 publication these abberations were not noticed and adapted to the target age-group.

Having said that, the stated objective of Verbal Reasoning books is to prepare children for the 11-plus secondary school selection tests so for a 10- or 11-year-old such criticisms I have made might well not be valid. For Year 4 primary school students this book might be a little tough in places, but for Years 5 and 6 they would no doubt find it a little easier to manage alone and unaided.
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66 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Idiot's guide to Verbal Reasoning. 13 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book takes pupils through some of the 35 types of questions commonly used in 11+ examinations. (There are 4 books in the Technique and Practice series.) I have found the series invaluable in tutoring pupils and also easy to work through with your own child. I have tried many different ways of teaching this subject but haven't found anything as good as this
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 11+ book 4 April 2010
Format:Paperback
Very well laid out, explained and a good starting block to teach 11+ at home
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VR Feedback 11 Dec 2009
By Gillie
Format:Paperback
I would of loved to of discovered this book at the start of my daughter's 11+ exam preparations, as it provides clear explanations for each type of VR which is covered in the book. Recommended for use as part of VR practise.
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Published 27 days ago by Mrs. Sj Parkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Its helping my son practice for his ...
Great book. Its helping my son practice for his 11+ this September. Plenty of exercises to keep him busy without him getting bored.
Published 1 month ago by Splodger
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This book is one of 4 and really you do need to buy all 4 to learn all the necessary question types. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Verbal Reasoning Book
I read other reviews before purchasing this book for my son to start him on getting to learn verbal reasoning. I must say that it is a really good book. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Wumi Oyewole
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Books But need all 4
These Verbal Reasoning books are great. Each question type is very clearly and thoroughly explained. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Welshwonder
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for Bucks 11+
An excellent book to practice 11+ technique for Bucks exam. Highly recommended for exam preparation. Read more
Published on 25 July 2012 by Betty
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book is ideal for practice in verbal reasoning skills. It is suitable for children of 11 - 12 years. Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2011 by Leicsliz
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful, clear
This set of books, I have found very useful. The explanations for each question are clear and have been a good introduction to the 11+.
Published on 31 Aug 2010 by Fiona
3.0 out of 5 stars Serious flaw
Undoubtedly this series provides a vehicle for honing arithmetical skills, but I have noticed one serious flaw. Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2009 by R. J. Moore
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