The Kent Test is used for children who wish to apply for a grammar school situated in Kent. The Verbal Reasoning part of the Kent Test assessment will require students’ ability to recognise patterns and relationships between words and sentences.
This revision guide will aid anyone who wants to score highly on the verbal reasoning part of the assessment. This topic will also be assessed alongside Non-Verbal Reasoning. For more information on the Non-Verbal Reasoning assessment, please click the link.
Improve Your Verbal Reasoning
11+ Kent Test
Familiarise Yourself With The Kent Test
The Kent Test is an assessment for students in Year 6, and who want to apply to a Kent Grammar School. The test is foremost designed to assist Kent grammar schools with accepting students into their secondary school.
FORMAT OF THE KENT TEST
The Kent Test contains four topics which will be assessed, and scores will be recorded for each paper.
Paper 1 – Maths and English
This paper is 1 hour long and will contain multiple-choice questions. You will be expected to have a good understanding of basic mathematical concepts and calculations, and show an ability to recognise good use of grammar, punctuation and spelling, and reading and comprehension.
Paper 2 – Reasoning – Verbal and Non-Verbal
This paper is 1 hour long and will consist of reasoning questions, both verbal and non-verbal. Some questions will deal with patterns of words and sentences, whereas other questions will look at shapes and objects and ask you to identify the pattern or correlation.
GETTING THE RESULTS
You will either receive your results by:
- Through your primary school.
In order to be successful and stand a chance of securing a grammar school placement, you will need a total score of 320, with no lower than 106 across each subject (i.e. 106 or higher will need to be scored in Maths, English, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning).
The Best Preparation Tool!
Here at How2Become, we have done our utmost to ensure your child has a guide that will assist them through the Verbal Reasoning section of the 11+ assessment.
The best way to prepare for the 11+, or any exam for that matter, is to undergo numerous practice questions. This will enable your child to familiarise themselves with exam layout and structure.
This guide provides all of the TOOLS you will need to prepare for the Verbal Reasoning assessment.
WITHIN THIS GUIDE, YOU WILL FIND:
- An Introduction to your guide;
- General tips for passing Verbal Reasoning;
- Example questions to show your child how to work through different styles of 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.
PRACTICE Sample Questions – Verbal Reasoning Assessment
In the line below, the word outside of the brackets will only go with three of the words inside the brackets to make longer words. Which ONE word will it NOT go with?
Which of the following is the odd one out?
The following sentence has one word missing. Which word makes the best sense when placed in the sentence?
The class was asked to write a poem that _______.
A – Rimed
B – Ryhmed
C – Rhymed
D – Rymed
The following sentence has two words missing. Which two words make best sense when placed in the sentence?
It was _______ responsibility and they had to _______ the consequences.
A – There / face
B – Their / see
C – Their / choose
D – Their / face
E – They’re / find
Choose one letter that can be moved from the word on the left to the word on the right, making two new words.
A – V
B – O
C – I
D – C
E – E
In the following question, find the letters that best complete the series. The alphabet has been provided to assist you.
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
DY EX FW GV HU [ ]
A – IT
B – JT
C – IS
D – IU
E – JS
If the code for CHORUS is EJQTWU, what does CNKGP mean?
Find the two words, one from each group, that come together to make a new word. (The word on the left always comes first in the new word).
(ARM RAFT AFTER) (JOG CHAIR OLD)
ANSWERS To Sample Questions – Verbal Reasoning Assessment
Q1. D = capable
EXPLANATION = if you were to put ‘un’ with the words ‘affected’, ‘alike’ and ‘adjusted’, you would get: unaffected, unalike and unadjusted. However, if you tried to put ‘un’ with ‘capable’, it would not be grammatically correct. Therefore answer D does not go with the word outside of the bracket.
Q2. C = low
EXPLANATION = ‘low’ is the odd one out, because it is pronounced differently from the other three words.
Q3. C = rhymed
EXPLANATION = the word that would best complete the sequence would be ‘rhymed’. This is the only correct spelling of the word: ‘The class was asked to write a poem that rhymed’.
Q4. D = their / face
EXPLANATION = the sentence would best read as follows: ‘It was their responsibility and they had to face the consequences.’
Q5. B = O
EXPLANATION = if you removed the ‘o’ from ‘voice’ you would get ‘vice’. If you put the ‘o’ with ‘scar’, you would get ‘oscar’.
Q6. A = IT
EXPLANATION = the first letter in each group starts with D, then E, then F, G, H… and so the first letter of the next pattern needs to start with an I. The second letter of the group starts with Y, then X, then W, V, U… and so the next letter would need to be T. This gives you IT.
Q7. A = alien
EXPLANATION = the first word is coded by adding two letters of the alphabet from that letter. For example the letter ‘c’ in chorus’ is coded ‘e’ (two letters up in the alphabet). So to work out what the code is representing, you need to work two letters backwards to find out the original word.
EXPLANATION = you can put the word ‘arm’, with the word ‘chair’, to make the new word ‘armchair’.
Pass The Kent Test – VERBAL REASONING Assessment
Do you want your child to have the best possible chance of securing a grammar school placement?
Is your child ready to take their 11+?
Is there anything else you can do to help improve their confidence and skills for the Kent Test?
This ULTIMATE guide will provide everything your child will need to learn regarding the Verbal Reasoning section of the 11+ assessment.
Ensure your child is fully prepared and fully confident to tackle their exam with ease!