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NON-VERBAL REASONING: An Essential Guide to Passing Your Non-Verbal Reasoning Test

Learn how to pass Non-Verbal Reasoning Tests with this comprehensive testing guide. 180 pages containing plenty of sample questions, answers and detailed explanations for you to work through and learn from. Tackle your assessment by gaining high-quality practice with our ultimate guide for Non-Verbal Reasoning.

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What is Non-Verbal Reasoning?

Non-Verbal Reasoning tests are commonly used by employers of medical professions, engineering, piloting, air traffic controllers and other areas of recruitment. The test is also used in the 11+ Kent test which is required for children to gain placements into grammar schools.

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What does non-verbal reasoning mean? Non-Verbal Reasoning are assessments that require a person’s logical and technical ability to visualise patterns, shapes and formations. The questions appear in diagrammatic form, and are often referred to as Abstract or Diagrammatic Reasoning.

The importance of a Non-Verbal Reasoning test is to determine how well you can understand and visualise information to solve problems. You need to be able to recognise and identify patterns amongst abstract shapes and images.

Such tests may include:

  • Determining identical shapes
  • Rotating shapes
  • Reflections of shapes
  • Finding the odd shape
  • Finding the missing shape
  • 3D shapes
  • Coding
  • Shading and colours
  • Number sequences

All of the above are typical questions that often appear in a Non-Verbal Reasoning test. It is imperative that you fully comprehend the question types, and know how to answer them.

This comprehensive guide will provide you with lots of testing questions in order to better your chances at passing your Non-Verbal Reasoning test.


What do the questions look like?

The types of questions that you will face in the Non-Verbal Reasoning test will vary depending on the test you are sitting.

This book provides an insight into Non-Verbal Reasoning and hopes to assist you through the learning process. We have done our utmost to ensure that a range of testing questions are used throughout the book, allowing you to utilise your skills and knowledge in regards to Non-Verbal Reasoning.

Non-Verbal Reasoning Sample Questions and Worksheets

Example 1

Work out which two shapes are identical. (No rotation or reflection needed).


ANSWER = B and C

How to work it out:

  • You need to pay close attention to what each shape is showing. Some of the shapes may look similar, but they may be slightly different. The shapes may join at a slightly different position, or the size of the shape may differ somewhat, so you must pay attention to what the shape is showing.
  • The key thing to remember for this question is detail. Pay attention to the smaller details within the figures, in order to distinguish which two shapes are identical.
Example 2

Work out which figure is the odd one out.



How to work it out:

  • These questions require a great level of concentration and ability to recognise patterns.
  • Look out for colours, rotations, reflections, and numbers etc, anything that can make one of the figures different from the rest.
  • In the above circle, the circles are highlighting what is missing, and therefore makes it the odd one out.
  • The other figures (A, B, C and D) all have either a black or white square balanced on top of the horizontal line. Instead, Figure E has two squares attached to the bottom of the line.
Example 3

Work out which of the cubes can be made from the cube net.



How to work it out:

  • Figure A can be ruled out because the two circles need to be on opposite sides.
  • Figure B can be ruled out because the side with the three lines needs to be a circle instead.
  • Figure C can be ruled out because the ‘cross’ sign would need to be a circle.
Example 4

Work out which option is a reflection of the Question Figure.



How to work it out:

  • Figures A and B are rotations, not reflections.
  • Figure D is a reflection apart from the white circle being on the wrong side of the square (it should be on the bottom left side of the square, not the bottom right).
  • Figure C is a reflection of the Question Figure.

The Guide For You

The comprehensive guide to Non-Verbal Reasoning guarantees a guide that will better your chances of passing! It provides a wide range of sample test questions and answers covering everything you will need to know in terms of abstract, diagrammatic and non-verbal reasoning.

This vast array of test questions will guarantee you to feel fully prepared for your assessment, and provide not only the knowledge and skills to tackle any Non-Verbal Reasoning test, but helps to make you feel more confident and prepared.


Non-Verbal Reasoning: Guide Contents

The Non-Verbal Reasoning comprehensive workbook contains:

  • EXPERT TIPS – top tips for passing the tests including what you should do and what you should try to avoid.
  • 100s OF TESTING QUESTIONS – the workbook purposely provides you with lots and lots of sample questions for you to get your head around, and to ensure you are ready to take your actual Non-Verbal Reasoning test.
  • IDEAL FOR EDUCATION AND RECRUITMENT – designed for schools, graduates and recruitment processes. This guide will provide you with all the preparation that is required to successfully pass a Non-Verbal Reasoning test, including: how to do 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning, sixth form, graduate job test papers and recruitment tests.
  • DETAILED EXPLANATIONS – this book contains all the answers and explanations of how to work out every single question, so you are able to correct your mistakes and know how to work the question out for future reference.
  • A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE – This guide is packed with all the information, advice and questions you will need to prepare for, and pass your Non-Verbal Reasoning test.

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