Firstly, non-verbal reasoning, NVR is a type of psychometric test. It measures a child’s ability to analyze and solve problems using visual and abstract reasoning. These tests often contain diagrams, shapes, patterns, and symbols that require the child to identify relationships, similarities, and differences.
NVR is an important component of the 11+ exams and many selective schools use it to assess a child’s potential to succeed in academic subjects. As a parent, it is essential to understand what NVR is and how you can help your child prepare for it.
The first step in helping your child prepare for NVR is to familiarize yourself with the types of questions that are likely to appear on the exam. There are several NVR books and practice papers available that can give you an idea of the format and content of the exam.
It’s important to note that NVR tests are not designed to measure a child’s knowledge or memorization abilities. Rather, they assess a child’s ability to use logic and reasoning to solve problems. Therefore, it’s important to encourage your child to think critically and develop problem-solving skills.
Furthermore, one way to do this is to incorporate NVR practice questions into your child’s daily routine. This can help them become more familiar with the types of questions they may encounter on the exam. It will give them a chance to practice their problem-solving skills.
Encouraging wide reading
Another way to help your child prepare for NVR is to encourage them to read widely and engage in activities that develop their spatial awareness and visualization skills. This can include playing with puzzles and building blocks, practicing drawing and sketching, and participating in art and craft activities.
Lastly, it’s important to remember that preparing for the 11+ exams, including NVR, is a long-term process. Starting early and consistently practicing and developing problem-solving skills can give your child the best chance of success. With the right support and guidance, your child can excel in NVR and succeed in their academic endeavors.
The third subject your child will cover for the 11+ is Non Verbal Reasoning. Non Verbal Reasoning is not in the National Curriculum. Your child will not be taught this in schools. We would advise that your child has lots of practise in this area- use different publishers to keep your child thinking! Make sure you use a timer and work against the clock. Try some yourself!
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