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on 27 August 2012
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.