HOW TO PASS THE 11+ KENT TEST: NON-VERBAL REASONING

The Kent Test is fast becoming known for its challenges. Kent, unlike other UK counties, uses its own tests for students who wish to enter Grammar school. Many students find one part in particular challenging, the non-verbal reasoning. This expert guide provides a breakdown of each non-verbal reasoning question type and plenty of mock-test style practice questions.

This is the UK’s only specific Kent Test revision guide.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO IMPROVE YOUR NON-VERBAL REASONING SKILLS

The Kent Test is used for children who would like to apply for a placement at a grammar school, situated in Kent. Non-Verbal Reasoning tests are used to assess pupil’s ability to recognise shape patterns and relationships, and therefore improve their logical and technical ability to look visually at something, and see abstract shapes.

This revision guide is ideal for pupils who wish to secure high grades on the Non-Verbal Reasoning part of the 11+ Kent Test.

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THE KENT TEST

In the last year of primary school (Year 6), some pupils will opt to take the 11+ assessment. The eleven plus test is an assessment used by grammar schools to determine whether pupils are ‘right’ for a placement at their secondary school.

In Kent, this 11+ assessment is referred to as the Kent Test, and anyone who wishes to apply for a grammar school in Kent, will need to sit the Kent Test.

The Kent Test contains four “disciplines”, which will be used to assess essential skills required for grammar placements. These four disciplines include:

Non-Verbal Reasoning

Verbal Reasoning

English

Maths

To be in with a chance of securing a grammar placement, your child will need to score 106 or more in each of the above disciplines.

In total, your child must score a total minimum of 320.

KENT TEST NON-VERBAL REASONING GUIDE

Learn how to pass the 11+ Kent Test (Non-Verbal Reasoning) with our guide that is packed full of practice questions for your child to work through.

Whilst this guide won’t contain exactly the same questions, what this guide does offer is questions styles that mirror what your child can expect to take in the exam. Therefore, your child will be able to improve on the essential skills needed in order to pass the Kent Test assessment.

NON-VERBAL REASONING TESTS REQUIRE CREATIVITY AND PERCEPTION

PRACTICE SAMPLE QUESTIONS – NON-VERBAL REASONING ASSESSMENT

QUESTION 1

Which figure is the odd one out?

QUESTION 2

What comes next in the sequence?

QUESTION 3

Which figure is the odd one out?

QUESTION 4

Which figure completes the sequence pattern?

QUESTION 5

Which of the following diagrams (A, B or C) comes next in the sequence?

QUESTION 6

Which group of shapes can be assembled to make the shape shown?

ANSWERS TO SAMPLE QUESTIONS – NON-VERBAL REASONING ASSESSMENT

QUESTION 1

Q1. D

Rule 1 = all the figures contain the same number of arrows as there are pentagons.

Figure D is the odd one out because all of the other figures contain an equal number of arrows as there are pentagons. Whereas in Figure D, there is only one arrow but two pentagons.

QUESTION 2

Q2. C

Rule 1 = The white dot starting in the bottom left corner moves two places clockwise, around the edge of the figure.

Rule 2 = The white dot starting second on the first row moves three places clockwise, around the edge of the figure.

QUESTION 3

Q3. D

Figure D is the odd one out because all of the other figures are rotations of one another; whereas Figure D has been manipulated. The line going through the middle of the diamond shape has been stretched out and reaches the edge of the square (it should only reach the edge of the diamond shape).

QUESTION 4

Q4. E

Rule 1 = the shape in the middle rotates 90° anti-clockwise as the sequence progresses.

Rule 2 = the shape in the middle alternates from black to white as the sequence progresses.

Rule 3 = the small shapes move one position to the next corner (in a clockwise manner).

Rule 4 = as the shapes rotate around, a shape is left off. You will notice, that the ‘cross’ shape appears the most, therefore this must be the beginning of this sequence, and so the last shape rotated (using the ‘cross’ to begin) will be left off.

Figure A can be ruled out because the shape in the middle needs to be white, not black. Figure B can be ruled out because the shape in the middle needs to be white, and rotated 90° anti-clockwise. Also, the small shapes do not follow the correct pattern. Figure C can be ruled out because the shape in the middle needs to be rotated 180°. Also the small shapes do not follow the correct pattern. Figure D can be ruled out because the shape in the middle needs to be rotated 90° anti-clockwise. None of the small shapes are in the correct position.

Figure A can be ruled out because the white dot third on the first row should be the second dot on the first row. Figure B can be ruled out because the white dot in the bottom right corner should be one place above it; the white dot on the first row should also be moved one place anti-clockwise. Figure D can be ruled out because the white dot on the third row should be the second dot on the first row. Also, the white dot on the second row should be moved one place clockwise.

QUESTION 5

Q5. C

EXPLANATION = as you can see in the first row of diagrams, the shapes are rotating 90° anti-clockwise. Therefore, the next shape in the sequence needs to be rotated 90° from the last diagram in the sequence.

QUESTION 6

Q6. B

EXPLANATION = only answer option B contains the correct shapes in order to make the shape that is shown.

WITHIN THIS GUIDE, YOU WILL FIND:

  • An Introduction to your guide;
  • General tips for passing Non-Verbal Reasoning;
  • Example questions to show your child how to work through different styles of Non-Verbal Reasoning questions;
  • Practice questions for your child to work through at a pace that suits them;
  • Detailed answers and explanation to teach your child how to reach the correct answer.

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