A good quality educational aid as expected from CGP who always come up with goods with these packages. Difficult to best in terms of organisation and clarity of explanation of key concepts for both student and parent alike. Recommended.
Non-verbal reasoning tests may seem quite straightforward, perhaps all the more so to parents. "It's only patterns after all," or "Anyone can do odd-one-out tests," or even "You can't practice for something like this" - these are all things you might be tempted to think, but please don't because you would be completely wrong. It would be easy to be complacent, but what this book shows you is that it is not straightforward at all. There are so many different elements to consider - shapes, hatching, number of sides, relative position, reflection, rotation, order of shapes, addition or subtraction of one shape from another - and then more than that, you often need to consider a number of these elements at once and compare variations and patterns - it can be a lot more complex than you might initially think. More so than in other types of test, it's easy to fall into the trap of looking at practice questions and seeing some easy ones and then assuming they are all like that, when reading further down the paper will inevitably reveal puzzles that most adults would struggle with.
The book covers the three main types of test: Similarities and Differences, Pairs, Series and Grids, and Codes. It also comes with a pull-out benchmark test and a parents' guide that includes advice and the answers to the benchmark test along with advice on how to interpret the results and put together a study plan.
I would love to give this book five stars, but unfortunately have to make a criticism. The typesetters have gone a long way towards ruining the readability of almost every main sentence by underlining and changing the colour of words that they wish to emphasise. As they want to emphasise almost every third or fourth word, this has the same effect that you'd get from a student overzealously wielding a highlighter pen on a course text, and it makes reading it quite difficult - so much so that at times you need to read the sentence twice or three times. It is worrying that no-one seemed to realise that stressing too many words as being important can have the opposite effect of confusing the overall sentence. Doing something similar to this on certain exam papers would lead to an automatic markdown, and bearing in mind that this book is for children as well as parents, it's even more inapt.
This book can't give you the answers, but it can very effectively teach you how to use the mental tools that will solve the problems. In many respects, learning to approach problems using these tools is something that will be extremely useful in later life as well - they will make you more logical in your thinking, better suited to recognising patterns - and as such the importance of the test and the preparation for it should not be underestimated or dismissed. I honestly feel torn over whether to give it four or five stars, but if my comments join any others that may be made to the publishers and they end up making the necessary improvement, it would have been worth it.
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 Practice Book and Practice Test Papers.
Definitely worth your consideration if you are looking to help your child(ren) with their studies.
I really like these CGP study/workbooks and think that, alongside the Bond range, they are the best on the market. This, though, is slightly different from the usual ones - it is a study book and guide rather than a workbook. If you are coming to the 11+ for the first time and are unsure what it entails, it might be a good idea to get this study guide (alongside those for Verbal Reasoning, maths and English) before you even think of workbooks, as this explains what the various tests contain.
This particular book has a lot of information about what is in the 11+ and the types of questions your child will face in the Non-Verbal Reasoning Test. There is also a useful Benchmark Test which will enable you to see what level your child is working at and which workbook you should start them on. If you already have a lot of experience/information about the 11+ you might be happy to skip this book. However, if you are considering the 11+ for the first time, you will find this a useful read.
Non-verbal reasoning, once you get your head round it, is quite good fun. It does, however, represent a somewhat different way of looking at the world and identifying patterns and connections between objects. This generally well-written, thorough book does a good job of introducing 11+ candidates (and their parents)to an array of different question types with which they might be faced. There is a plethora of examples to illustrate each type, as well as a good number of practice questions.
The book includes 2 detachable sections: a single benchmark assessment test, designed to help parents understand where their child is in respect of non-verbal reasoning ability; and a parents' guide, giving a brief overview of what parents should expect from the 11+ process (as well as some rather generalised information onnthe 11+ process) and explaining the use of the bench mark test.
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.
The CGP entry to non verbal reasoning holds up well to its rivals and actually gave me a new was of looking at it. Pattern recognition and application may not have immediate real life uses but it does make the young mind apply themselves to novel situations and do so in a constructive manner rather than guessing.
I think the parental guide and benchmark tests are the difference between this resource and free options (ie free with your newspaper). I have always shuddered at the thought of younger children taking what appears to be simplified Mensa entry tests but for the certain 11+ exams which include this, this study book gives a good grounding.
Part of the CGP range of revision and learning books used by teachers, parents and tutors. This is a study book aimed sat those preparing for the Non-Verbal Reasoning part of the 11+ . Written in sections: Spotting Patterns, Question types: Similarities and differences; Pairs, series and grids and codes. Answers are given in a separate booklet.