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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 8:28 pm 
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...are not particularly recommended for the Essex exam? I thought I read that on here, but I have had no less than three people in the last five days tell me that these are the books to buy! Am I missing out by not having these-did I misunderstand?

This is the one people keep recommending to me, though I had a feeling there were four of them?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Verbal-Reasonin ... 993&sr=1-1

I have the Bright Sparks ones which are also by her, but if someone could tell me how they differ (and if there are 4 of them that I must buy this minute?) I would be very grateful!


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 9:05 pm 
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SD books 1 - 4 contain 35 plus types of VR question which is more than some counties use so you might be learning stuff you don't need


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 12:17 pm 
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Manana, Bright Sparks is the one you need for Essex.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 5:48 pm 
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Two silly questions: does the bright sparks series contain all 21 types in thier entirety or just a majority of them; and is "arranging words in alphabetical order" one of the 21 types? I seem to recall my son doin a lot of these in his bond VR a while back.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:26 pm 
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SD Bright Sparks test papers contain the 21 question types.

http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/shop/9 ... ack-1.html
http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/shop/9 ... ack-2.html

Arranging words in alphabetical order is not one of the 21 types.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 9:06 pm 
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Thanks!


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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 9:28 am 
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Does anyone know if this type of question counts as type 21?

My dustbin is black. My rubbish collection is on Thursdays.

Which statement must be true?
a) all black dustbins are emptied on Thursdays
b) my dustbin is emptied on Thursdays
c) Thursday is a convenient day for rubbish collection
d) My black dustbin is rubbish

It crops up now and then but I'm not sure if it's the same type of logic used in other type 21 questions...


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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 10:45 am 
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It is a very, very elementary version of Type Z, one of the 21 types. On GL papers they are considerably more convoluted than that!


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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 11:07 am 
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Hi Manana I somehow acquired one/two of these books and although not necessarily recommended either for our area, I found that they were useful in teaching/attempting at the beginning, those types that our area used.
My DC found it difficult at first to find the hidden word for example as well as some of the other more common types. I found using these helped with familiarisation and then when we attempted IPS papers I was getting a more accurate view of accuracy rather than DC not knowing how to answer the question.
I used some IPS tests early on because they were shorter and then we moved on to longer ones and then I mixed them up a bit.
If after attempting a test paper at the beginning of our time, I found there was a weakness in a type of question, I went back the SD book I had and found the same type to use if we had not already. If I had not already been given the book I would not have bought it, however it was useful at the beginning.

We did not start until July/Aug with the first exam in Oct. A bit late I know. We were surprised but very happy to get our first choice school, so this approach must have been useful for my DC.Good luck.


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