What do the VR Digital tests comprise?

Verbal Reasoning tests yield very useful information about pupils’ abilities that may not be evident from their usual classroom work. The ability to understand and assimilate new and possibly unfamiliar information is very important, as it will influence profoundly a pupil’s future intellectual development. A verbal reasoning test can indicate the likely ease with which a pupil will be able to acquire new concepts and understand new ideas across a range of school subjects.

Types of questions

The tests feature a variety of question types. These can be divided into five broad overlapping categories according to the types of operation required in the question.

•Vocabulary items

This category is concerned with the assessment of vocabulary through the production of words and understanding of their meanings.

VR 8&9

VR 10&11 and VR 12&13

•Relationships

This is concerned with the relationships between words.

VR 8&9

VR 10&11 and VR 12&13

•Sentences

These questions relate to the use of words within sentences and hence the understanding of the structures of language.

VR 8&9

VR 10&11

VR 12&13

•Reasoning

VR 8&9

These questions are expressed in some kind of verbal context and their solution requires a logical argument to be followed.

VR 8&9 Familiarisation Test

VR 10&11

These questions are expressed in some kind of verbal context and may have the form of a logical syllogism. Alternatively, the logical structure may be more informal. Here’s an example of the latter:

VR 10&11 Familiarisation Test

VR 12&13

These questions are expressed in a verbal context and may have the form of a logical syllogism. Alternatively, the logical structure may be more informal.

•Symbol manipulation

These questions involve the manipulation of letters and numbers regarded as symbols. Although the production of a word may be required, these can be viewed simply as collections of letters that form the more important elements of the question. Other items are concerned solely with the manipulation of numbers or letters without requiring the production of words.

VR 8&9 and VR 10&11

VR 12&13