Critical reasoning 11 plus

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Critical reasoning 11 plus tips

Critical Thinking and Analysis test practice

  • three comprehensive 11 plus practice tests
  • complete with 11 plus answers and answer sheets.
  • provides in-depth 11 plus explanations for each question.

Critical reasoning 11+, inference skills 11+ and other new types of 11+ practice

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Critical Reasoning 11 plus items are:

  • A new-ish part of some 11+ exams for selective school entrance.
  • Quite hard to prepare for.
  • Included either as a separate 11+ section or within a different section of the overall 11+ school entrance exams.

Which skills are assessed by 11 plus critical reasoning test papers?

The following 11+ critical thinking skills are essential for success in the 11+ exam. Preparing for the 11+ exam requires 11 plus practice in the critical reasoning abilities listed below.

  • 11 plus Logical Reasoning: The capacity to think logically, make deductions, and draw conclusions from given information.
  • 11+ Analytical Thinking: Breaking down complex problems into simpler parts and analyzing them systematically.
  • 11 plus Critical Thinking: Evaluating arguments, making informed decisions, and weighing evidence objectively.
  • 11+ Problem-Solving: Applying various strategies to find solutions to unfamiliar or challenging problems.
  • 11 plus Inference: Drawing logical conclusions based on information presented in passages or scenarios.

Critical reasoning skills tips

What are the other key reasoning skills?

Other 11+ skills practice

11+ Spatial Awareness skills

  • Understanding and manipulating objects in three-dimensional space.

Data Interpretation 11+ skills

  • Extracting meaningful information from charts, graphs, and tables.

11+ Pattern Recognition skills

  • Identifying recurring patterns or relationships in data, numbers, or shapes.

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