Verbal Reasoning for the Common Pre-Tests

Verbal Reasoning for the Common Pre-Tests
Phil

Phil

Co-founder, CEO @ EasyA. Cambridge University scholar. Keen programmer and tech enthusiast. Also likes going for runs around town.

This blog post is in response to a question we received from one of our parents. The original question was how to practice the Letter Codes portion of the verbal reasoning ISEB Common Pre-Tests. Now, before diving into the details, it’s useful to understand what type of question this is. Typically, the Letter Codes come in the following format (from the ISEB sample):

(man [mat] tip)

(bug [?] dew)

The student will then be asked to find what the missing word is in the second group ('mat'). Now, the easiest way to answer these questions is to number each letter in each group in order.

Now, the easiest way to answer these questions is to number each letter in each group in order.

Starting with the first letter group:

1   2  3  |  4  5  6

m  a  n  |   t  i   p

Now we know that to get the word ‘mat’, we used letters 1, 2, and 4.

1   2  3  |  4  5  6

m  a n  |   t  i   p

So, if we apply this to the second group, we get:

1  2  3  |  4  5  6

b   u  g  |  d  e  w

Now, we know that the correct answer is 'bud'!

Turning to how you should practice these, you should ask your child to use this technique for themselves on a Letter Codes question. Then, once they have done it correctly on that one, get them to try another on their own. You can even make your own Letter Codes questions for your child. If your child is getting really good, then a fun exercise is to ask them to make their own! This will consolidate their understanding really well.

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