On this page you will find information about the Verbal Reasoning questions that form part of entrance exams for Stretford Grammar, Sale Grammar, Altrincham Grammar School for Boys, Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, Loreto and Ambrose College.
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Verbal Reasoning Question Categories
Verbal Reasoning Category A: Word Progression
1. Rearrange to make new words
Move one letter from the first word to the second word, to make two new words.
New words = rain, brake
2. Insert a letter
The same letter must fit into both sets of brackets, to complete the word in front of the brackets and begin the word after the brackets.
cal (?) and
gul (?) air
New words = call, land, gull, lair
3. Make compound words
Choose two words, each from a list of three, to make a compound word.
(foot feel hold)
(card toe ball)
Answer: foot, ball (The word is football.)
4. Insert a word
Find the three letter word that will make the word in capitals complete.
The dog BED at the little boy.
Answer: ARK (The word in capitals is BARKED).
Verbal Reasoning Category B: Selecting Words
1. Finding the odd one(s) out.
Which two words are different to the rest?
apple banana gravy rattle orange
Answer: gravy, rattle (all the rest are fruit).
Find the two words closest in meaning.
(bag, boot, whistle)
(foot, apple, sack)
Answer: bag, sack
3. Hidden words
Find the pair of words that contains the hidden, four- letter word.
She went out.
Answer: went, out (the word is tout).
Find the pair of words that relate together in the same way.
Apple is to (orange, fruit, tree)as carrot is to (red, potato, vegetable)
Answer: fruit, vegetable
Verbal Reasoning Category C: Codes and Logic
In these questions, letters stand for numbers. Work out the answer to each sum.
If A = 2, B = 3, C = 4, D = 5 and E = 9, What is the answer to this sum written as a letter?
A + B + C = (?)
Answer = E
2. Alphabet sequences
Determine which pair of letters completes the analogy.
AB is to CD
As PQ is to (?)
3. Numeric Sequences
Determine which number completes the sequence
2, 4, 6, 8, ____
Answer = 10
4. Worded logic puzzles
Solve the puzzle.
Toby and Tilly play tennis. Bob, William and Ruby play tennis and netball. James, William and Toby play rugby. Everyone likes cricket, except Ruby.
Who likes netball and rugby?
Verbal Reasoning Category D: Relationships
In these questions, two pairs of words are given. Only one of the possible answers given will go with both pairs equally well.
e.g. (light, blond) (just, unbiased)
2. Number relationships
The three numbers in each group are related in the same way. Find the number that completes the last pair of words in the same way as the other two pairs.
e.g. (2  10)
(3 [?] 9)
Answer: 11 (subtract the first number from the last).
3. Make a new word
The missing word in the second group should be formed in the same way as the middle word in the first group.
(bat [bag] egg)
(ham [?] sit)
Answer: hat (use the first two letters of the first word and the last letter of the last word).
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