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on 27 August 2012
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Non-verbal reasoning requires recognition of similarities, analogies and patterns in unfamiliar designs. They involve the ability to reason with novel material, without the need to draw on learned knowledge and are used to assess a person's ability to spot patterns and identify errors or inconsistencies. As such this book is split into two sections a) spotting patterns and b)assessment tests. If being used by parents in preparation for an 11+ test or another selective entrance exam it is worth remembering that the books build up in stages of a child's ability and can be started 3 books earlier with ages 7-8. As a teacher, I'd love to acquire the full set as I thought they were excellent. I work in a secondary school for students with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties and although I'm an English teacher these are a way for me to combine difficult skills into starter activities or standalone tasks with my tutor group to support skills development.

The spotting patterns section focuses on shapes, counting, pointing, shading and line types, order and position, rotation, reflection and layering. They are put together to help a child understand the main concepts needed for the Non-Verbal Reasoning test and build up the different skills they'll need for the real test. The assessment tests form the second half of the book and there are five in total with a mix of questions similar to the real test. Each test can be set with a time of 30 minutes if you want your child to get used to timed activities. The tests get harder as they progress. Finally, at the back there is a pull out section (if you're wanting to keep it tidy) with all the answers you'll need.
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I'm really rather keen on The CGP range of 11+ practice books.

This non-verbal reasoning practice book is effectively divided into 2 parts: a workbook section focusing in a certain amount of detail on particular non-verbal reasoning skills, and a series of 5 Assessment tests of increasing difficulty, each designed to be completed in 30 minutes. The skills examined are spotting patterns in: Shapes, Counting, Pointing, Shading and Line Types, Order and Position, Rotation, Reflection and Layering.

The vast majority of the book is given over to the full Assessment Tests (accounting for 60 of the book's 78 pages).

There is little in the way of explanation given in the workbook section - and it is very evident that this is not meant as an introductory resource, but rather to reinforce previous knowledge and understanding of what non-verbal reasoning is about. For an introductory look at the topic, a 'Study Book and Parents Guide' is available from the same series.

A detachable answer booklet, with fully explained solutions to each of the problems is included.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 23 September 2012
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There is so much pressure on children to perform to the educational maximum, even at an early age, that anything that might help them understand the tasks which they will be expected to perform is always useful.

This book goes some way towards helping them achieve the pass rate you require from them.

The book contains chapters on spotting patterns in:

- shapes
- counting
- pointing
- shading and line types
- order and position
- rotation
- reflection
- layering

It also has 5 assessment test and a pull-out answer booklet for us oldies who haven't studied this for many years.

It is a great book that can be used in addition to your child's school work, as a tool for home learning, and as a revision tool too. It can be used in conjunction with the The 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Study Book and Parent's Guide.

Definitely worth your consideration if you are looking to help your child(ren) with their studies.
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on 6 October 2012
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In my opinion, this book should be bought and used along with The 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Study Book and Parent's Guide, which gives a full explanation of the types of problem in the non-verbal reasoning test and all the mental tools you need to solve every question.

This practice book has two sections. The first 17 pages contain practice questions ordered by type, and is divided into shapes, counting, pointing, shading and line types, order and position, rotation, refection and layering.

Pages 18 to 77 contain five proper assessment tests, and there is a wide variety of questions within these. The answers are inside a separately stapled pull out booklet, which can be retrieved after the test to check the answers. There is a progress chart on the back page.

There are no negative points to be made about this practice book, and as such it deserves to be recommended with five stars.
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The Non-Verbal Reasoning practice book is divided into two main sections; the first is showing how to approach each type of Non-Verbal Reasoning question followed by a several practice questions. This is useful as an aid to understanding the reasoning and therefore able to work out the answer.The second question contains 5 assessment papers. There is a pull-out answer booklet and a test result guide on the inside back page: high scores are required to demonstrate competence in this area. This is one of the more difficult tasks in the 11+ and a practice book such as this is pretty much invaluable for any child preparing for the test.
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on 11 December 2013
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A good quality educational aid as expected from CGP who are pretty consistent at this sort of thing. Difficult to best in terms of organisation, clarity of explanation of key concepts and the focus of assessment tests. All in all a good package for student and parent alike. Recommended.
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on 17 November 2015
lovely product, fast delivery
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These are a good range of rather notable guides which are designed to get a child to level where they have the tools to pass the 11 plus test. Both my nephews and nieces are approaching these tests soon. The books in the series give both parent and tutor a way in which to enable them to give a child the kind of practice questions and reasoning ability to tackle the exam with reasonable confidence, the answers are at the back of each topic book, and they can be separated out. Where appropriate there is a guide for tutor/parent to give them over view and guidance. The layout is good and very clear, each category is well indexed and each topic in good detail. The clip art used is, in these texts, is not going win awards but does its job and frankly that is all that is needed.

These books do not just have to be about the 11 plus; they can be used in a supportive way to reinforce school work, to engage the child further. Like some other reviewers I picked the Mathematics book, the book for English along with the verbal reasoning and non-reasoning. The standard across all the editions is very good and there is a uniformity of layout. This range, for me, good value for money I have no hesitation in recommending this range.
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VINE VOICEon 16 August 2012
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We live in Kent so, love it or loathe it, we have to consider putting our daughter through the 11 plus next year.

This series of books follows the same pattern for each of the four papers English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning (although my understanding is that in Kent the English paper is different). For each exam the series has 6 books: A Study Book/Parent's Guide, four different levels of practice books, and two sets of test papers.

This is the highest level of practice book but I would recommend that you buy The 11+ NonVerbal Reasoning Study Book and Parent's Guide first. Apart from having some helpful advice on how the questions work for those of us who haven't had to work our brains in this fashion for a while, it also has a benchmark test which will help you choose which level of practice book you need to start with - no point in buying all four if your child is already strong enough to be working on the third or fourth one, likewise no point intimidating them with this one iff they need to work up to it.

The non-verbal test seems (to me at least) to be the one that the standard school curriculum doesn't prepare you for so I suspect it is where mst kids could do with some familiarisation work. These tests are worth doing just to get the hang of how they work - however, I would recommend that you get this one first The 11+ NonVerbal Reasoning Study Book and Parent's Guide to help you help your kid to understand what to look for.
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The product is described as "Ideal for preparing for the 11 Plus and other selective entrance exams"

This needs to be clarified. It's excellent for selective entrance exams that involve non-verbal reasoning tests, but it is possibly of no use at all for the 11 Plus, because Non-Verbal Reasoning often does not feature in it at all in many grammar school assessment tests. You will need to check this, otherwise buying this product will be a waste of money and using it of limited benefit.

The first section is focused on specific topics to develop understanding and confidence. This is followed by Assessment Tests that help to improve speed and accuracy across a wide range of questions. Fully explained answers to every question are included in a pull-out section.

Our daughter takes her 11 Plus later this year and this seemed a sensible choice as part of her preparation for it. I showed it to her class teachers whose response was clear and unambiguous: "Can't do any harm, but NVR is not part of the 11 Plus curriculum". Her private tutor said the same thing but added that some grammar schools use NVR, for example those in Buckinghamshire have recently added NVR to its selection test whereas previously they did not.

This is a fine product and as far as what it is meant to do it is beyond reproach, but the reality is that - in 2013 at least - it will be of limited direct help to any child sitting the 11 Plus. The typical exam is Verbal Reasoning 50%, English 25% and Maths 25%. Non-Verbal Reasoning plays no part in many areas, but it does in some.

So in truth, the 11+ related benefits of this product are minimal, and any time spent on it should not be at the expense of time that could otherwise have been spent on VR, English or Maths. It is, as the teachers themselves have said, nothing more than a good idea as far as 11 Plus preparation is concerned. Your primary school should be able to tell you if NVR is a part of your child's 11+ or not.

This is in no way to criticise the product itself, which is probably the best of its kind and will be of great help for other selection exams applied by those schools that include N-VR in them. You just need to be aware of its limited application and relevance to the 2013 11 Plus programme.
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