11 Plus - Non Verbal Reasoning

Non Verbal Reasoning (NVR) is used to test a child's ability to logically work out problems which are shown pictorially as sequences of shapes.

There are a number of different NVR question types

Click on the links in the table for a full explanation and practice questions.




'Like Shapes'

Look at the two shapes separated by an arrow on the left. The first shape is related to the second one in some way. To the right of these shapes, there is a third shape followed by an arrow and five other shapes. One of these five shapes is related to the shape before the arrow in the same way as the two shapes on the left are related to each other. Choose which one.


'Odd One Out'

Choose which one of the pictures is most unlike the other four.



Only one of the five figures to the right of the dotted line can be rotated to make the figure on the left. The others are mirror images. Choose which figure can be rotated to make the figure on the left


'Code Breaker'

To answer these questions, you need to work out a code. You are given three or four boxes on the left followed by a separate box on the right of the dividing line. Each box on the left has a pair of letters in it which are a code for the shape or shapes in that box. You need to work out the code that applies to the shapes on the left and then choose which pair of letters should be given to the shape or shapes in the box on the right.


'Missing Sequence'

The five squares on the left contain shapes arranged in order to form a sequence. One of the squares is missing. Choose which one of the five squares on the right should take the place of the empty square.



Missing Square

Each question has a group of either four or nine squares on the left. One of the squares has been left blank. Choose one of the five options on the right to best complete the group.


'Most Like'

The two figures on the left are alike in some way. Choose which one of the five figures to the right of these is most like the first two figures.



Which one of the five 2D nets shown on the right can be folded to make the 3D cube on the left?

The figures and diagrams consist of lines, shapes and shading/patterns.

The shapes can shift in various ways. (rotate, reflect and transpose).

The shapes can change in many ways. (increase/decrease, add and copy).

They can consist of a movement, size or number sequence.

11 Plus - Spatial Reasoning



3D Shapes
topdown 2D views

Which of the 2D images correctly shows what the 3D shape would look like if viewed from above.

3D Shapes

Which option matches the original  shape and is constructed from the same blocks.

3D Shapes - Building Blocks

You are given a 3D shape made from several blocks. 
You need to select the option that forms the image.

Figure Recognition

You are given a target shape. This shape is ‘hidden’
within one of five options. 

Figure Analysis

You are given a picture of a piece of paper which is 
folded and has holes punched in it.  Decide what the paper would  look like when unfolded.

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11 Plus Non Verbal Reasoning practice papers -
e.mail version

11 Plus Non Verbal Reasoning Practice Papers

A set of 5 practice papers for the 11 Plus for £5.00

All papers comprise of all eight of the conventional types of NVR questions and now include five types of Spatial Reasoning questions. These are grouped together by question type to allow easy reference to practice materials.

Included with each paper is a completed model answer paper with marking scheme.

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