Beaconsfield school

Non-Verbal Reasoning

Both the GL Assessment® 11 Plus in Buckinghamshire and the CEM 11 Plus in Berkshire include Non-Verbal Reasoning questions. The Bucks 11+ also includes Spatial Reasoning. A strong performance in this part of the 11+ can make a significant difference to a pupil's overall marks.

It is important for children to practise the different question types they may encounter.

Students registered on the School's 11+ Practice Online portal can improve their skills in nine different types of NVR topic. 

Initially, children can find NVR challenging. However, "practice makes perfect" is certainly true of NVR and Spatial Reasoning. It helps if children enjoy the challenge of this type of exercise, and many children do.

The focus of Non-Verbal Reasoning questions is on relationships between shapes and patterns. The questions test the ability to make logical deductions based on mathematical concepts. These concepts include shape, size, quantity, rotation, angle, direction, pattern, shading and orientation. In Spatial Reasoning, the children are asked to picture a shape in their head and move it around.

Click on the links below to see some examples of NVR and Spatial Reasoning questions.

Note: these example questions are best viewed on a desktop or laptop


Odd One Out



Complete the Set: Series



Cube to Net



Complete the Set: Matrix



Shape Recognition: Folded Shape



Code Letters


Beaconsfield School of Education Beaconsfield School of Education Beaconsfield school


Beaconsfield school
© Beaconsfield School of Education 2021. All rights reserved.




Beaconsfield School of Education specialises in preparation courses for the 11 Plus exam. The course is designed for students in Year 5 of Primary School. The 11+ course covers the three main areas of the 11 Plus - Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Maths The 11 Plus lessons are taught on a One to One basis (private lessons). This enables the 11+ teacher to identify strengths and weaknesses and to focus on areas needing improvement.

The 11 Plus course starts in September and lasts for 3 terms. The 11+ lessons are 75 minutes long, so the pupils can practise and focus on 11+ exercises for an extended period. The teacher always sets homework after the lessons for completion by the following week.

Beaconsfield School of Education | 11 Plus | NVR

Pupils normally start their 11+ course approximately two weeks after the Bucks Council schools start back at school. The 11 Plus course dates then match the Bucks Council school term dates closely. There are three 11 Plus course terms: Autumn Term, Spring Term and Summer Term.

Preparation courses and Mock 11 Plus Test Sessions for the 11 Plus. One to One courses helping pupils succeed in the 11 Plus in Buck.

11+ Beaconsfield | 11 plus Buckinghamshire | 11 plus Bucks | 11 Plus Berks | 11 plus course | 11 plus lessons Bucks | 11 plus teacher Bucks | 11+ | 11+ Bucks | 11+ tuition Bucks | Beaconsfield | Bucks 11 plus | Bucks 11+ | John Hampden Grammar School | Non-Verbal Reasoning | The Royal Grammar School | Verbal Reasoning | Burnham Grammar School | Chesham Grammar School | Dr Challoner's Grammar School | Dr Challoner's High School | Aylesbury Grammar School | Aylesbury High School | Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School | Sir William Borlase's Grammar School | The Royal Latin Grammar School | Wycombe High School | Herschel Grammar School | Langley Grammar School | St Bernard's Catholic Grammar School | Upton Court Grammar School | Kendrick School | Amersham | Chesham | Burnham | Slough | High Wycombe | Marlow

Beaconsfield School of Education | 11 Plus | NVR