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Non - Verbal Reasoning: Food for logical brain development

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Reasoning, either verbal or non-verbal, is a key component in any of the competitive exams. Reasoning is important for not only exams but also helps in decision making. It also works as food for your brain. We will explain just what non – verbal reasoning means and involves, and how you can help your child prepare for their tests as well as teach them the importance of reasoning in personality development of a child.

‘Non-verbal reasoning’ is problem-solving based on pictures. Pictures comprise diagrams, shapes, drawings and codes. Your child will need to work out sequences, similarities and differences between these pictures or break the code. The child needs to use logical & critical thinking to solve the problem. Practicing non – verbal reasoning will develop intelligence and problem solving approach. It is quite possible that at start of solving these kind of problems, your child will take a lot of time, however, as the intelligence and problem solving approach will start to get developed, the solving time will gradually reduce and the confidence will get boosted.

What type of questions are involved?

The questions in a non-verbal reasoning test are based on mathematical concepts such symmetry, rotation, mirroring, shape, size and direction, and involve diagrams and figures rather than words. Typical questions include:

1. Identifying the odd shape out (e.g. identifying a square in a group of rectangles)

2. Identifying the structure if a shape is folded (e.g. folding a square will covert to rectangle)

3. Identifying the mirror image and water image of a given shape

4. Identifying the pattern of a sequence and finding out the missing figure

5. Finding two identical shapes in a series

6. Identifying what a shape would look like when rotated by 90 degrees

Advantages of practicing non – verbal reasoning

1. Develops logical brain and critical thinking

2. Develops problem solving approach

3. Develops habit of self-study

4. Grasp of basic principles of math and its application

5. Food for logical brain development

How to practice non – verbal reasoning

Good mathematical knowledge is important for non-verbal reasoning tests, so encourage your child to work on learning number bonds and times tables by rote, and practicing addition and subtraction. You can also boost non-verbal reasoning skills by:

1- Playing games like ‘spot the difference’ and ‘Sudoku’

2- To help your child try their hand at non-verbal reasoning, they can register on and can start practicing all type of questions. The questions are available for different classes from class 1 to 8.

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