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great for 11+ practice
on 3 June 2009
Non-Verbal Reasoning are the tests that are all shapes and symbols, and you have to spot what the connection is between the shapes and therefore what the next symbol in the pattern is, or which is the odd one out, or which is the missing one in pairs or symbols.
To do these you need to consider shape, position, angle, number, shading, and size. This book has a set of practice papers that cover all these techniques - and the answers -
There are 45 different 'chapters' - each chapter is either one or two pages, and clearly explains the idea, so chapter 25 is 'sequences' and continues to chapter 30. Each of the 5 explains one type of solution such as repeating patterns, shape, position, etc. and then describes a technique to spot it and how to find the answer. There are then a number of practice questions for that type of 'puzzle'
However in different parts of the country the 11+ has slightly different papers, so check what sort your area does. However I believe this book is a great starter point, just get your child to do say 15 mins every day and before you know it they will begin to get the idea, working through the book.
I expect you will also look at 'How to do verbal reasoning' which is the same type of thing except using words and letters. In all these books you write directly into the book which is great as there is no need for loose bits of paper. - however do remove the answers from the back and put them somewhere safe, as they are very tempting for little eyes!
I highly recommend this book and think that it is essential if you child is going to sit this type of exam.
Good luck and get those pencils sharpened!