Verbal Reasoning

GL Assessment (NFER) VR Question Types

11 Plus Verbal Reasoning Multiple Choice Question Types by Region

There are 21 types of question set by GL Assessment for the 11 Plus, although in some areas only the first 15 types will appear on the question paper. We aim to publish the latest information for each area, but the test types are subject to change without notice by the authorities and therefore serve as a rough guide only.

Question Type IPS Bucks Essex Kent Wilts Wirral Glos
01 – Insert a letter A Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
02 – Related words B Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
03 – Word-Letter Codes C Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
04 – Closest Meaning D Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
05 – Hidden Word E Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
06 – Missing Word F Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
07 – Letters for Numbers G Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
08 – Move a Letter J Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
09 – Letter Series L Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
10 – Word Connections M Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
11 – Number Series P Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
12 – Compound Words Q Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
13 – Make a Word R Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
14 – Letter Connections U Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
15 – Reading Information Z Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
16 – Opposite Meaning H Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes
17 – Complete the Sum I Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes
18 – Related Numbers K Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes
19 – Word-Number Codes N Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes
20 – Complete the Word O Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes
21 – Same Meaning S Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes

Note: IPS = Internet Primary School, who were one of the first publishers to categorise the question styles for Verbal Reasoning using a lettering system. The numbering system used here is consistent with the interactive software and other products available on this website.

Note that the last 6 types – the additional questions used in certain areas – are frequently referred to as “HIKNOS”.

You can try all these question types (5 of each) interactively by trying the DEMO of the Verbal Reasoning CD Volume 1

Question Types Grouped Together

When tutoring a child at home it may help to link question types together rather than to go through each of the 21 question types in order. This is because some question types can be worked out by using similar methods & techniques. This is his suggested list:

Type Tutors CD question numbers IPS letter types
Codes Types 3, 9 and 14 Types C, L and U
Type 19 Type N
Making Words Types 1 and 8 Types A and J
Types 5, 6 and 12 Types E, F and Q
Types 13 and 20 Types R and O
Word Meaning Types 2 and 10 Types B and M
Types 4, 16 and 21 Types D, H and S
Maths Types 7 and 17 Types G and I
Types 11 and 18 Types P and K
Reading Information Type 15 Type Z

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