Reading Information 1
George, Abhati and Molly were playing with a die.

Reading Information 1

Reading Information quizzes can test you on relationships and you have to work out who is related to who.

In these 11-plus verbal reasoning quizzes you will need to concentrate very hard, because each question is completely unique. The questions are more like riddles or problems to solve, rather than just looking for hidden words or missing letters.

The best advice we can give you is to keep a pencil and paper nearby and record information in a table as you go. It may seem like a chore, but trying to remember all the information in your head means you are prone to making mistakes. A handy table means you can quickly see the details in an organised and easy-to-follow way.

An example has been done for you, so as always read this through carefully before you begin the quiz. Good luck!

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Example

Read the following statement, then choose the correct answer from the four choices available.

Emmett is Conleth's mother's brother and William is Conleth's father's father. Alistair is William's son. Using this information decide which of the following statements is true.

William is Conleth's grandfather
Conleth is Emmett's uncle
Alistair is William's brother
Emmett is Conleth's brother

Answer: William is Conleth's grandfather.

If William is Conleth's father's father, he must be Conleth's grandfather.
  1. Read the following statement, then choose the correct answer from the four choices available.

    George, Abhati and Molly were playing with a die, and taking turns to try to get the highest score. George scored more than Molly, who got an even number. Abhati scored an odd number but scored more than George. Using this information decide which of the following statements is true.

    This is because she scored an odd number (1, 3, or 5) but scored higher than George, who scored more than Molly. Since Molly scored 2, 4 or 6, George must have scored 3, 4, 5 or 6. For Abhati to score more than George and an odd number, she must have scored 5
  2. Read the following statement, then choose the correct answer from the four choices available.

    Mattie, Jake and Sue buy some fruit from the greengrocers'. They each have £2.00 to spend. Apples cost 30p and oranges cost 40p. After they had bought their fruit, Mattie had 20p change, Jake had 70p change and Sue had 10p change. Using this information decide which of the following statements is true.

    This is because the only way to spend £1.30 is to buy 3 apples and 1 orange
  3. Read the following statement, then choose the correct answer from the four choices available.

    Michael, Tracy and John all walk to school each day. Michael leaves home at 8.30am and takes twenty minutes to reach school. John arrives at school five minutes after Tracy, who arrives at school five minutes after Michael. Tracy takes 5 minutes to get to school. Using this information decide which of the following statements is true.
    This is because she takes 5 minutes to get to school and arrives 5 minutes after Michael. Michael takes 20 minutes to get to school, and leaves home at 08.30 am. He must arrive at 08.50 which makes Tracy arrive at 08.55. A five minute journey arriving at 08.55 = 08.50
  4. Read the following statement, then choose the correct answer from the four choices available.

    Ranjit, Alexis, Ethan and Abigail want to go online and buy X-Box points. They each have £32 to spend. X-Box points are sold in multiples of £8, so they can only buy £8, £16, £24 or £32 worth of points. Ranjit spends twice as much as Ethan, but half as much as Abigail. Alexis needs to keep £10 back for his sister's birthday so buys as many points as he can while keeping back £10. Using this information decide which of the following statements is true.
    This is because to keep £10 back from his original £32 he can only buy £8 worth of points, or £16 worth of points. Since he wants to buy as many points as he can, he buys £16 worth
  5. Read the following statement, then choose the correct answer from the four choices available.

    Matthew's dad and Olivia's mum are brother and sister, and Andrew is Olivia's nephew. Hannah is Andrew's sister. Using this information decide which of the following statements is true.
    This is because Matthew's dad and Olivia's mum are brother and sister. This makes Hannah Olivia's niece
  6. Read the following statement, then choose the correct answer from the four choices available.

    Daniel is half as old as Surita, who is two years older than Christopher. Ashley is 1 year older than Surita was 2 years ago. Christopher is 10. Using this information decide which of the following statements is true.
    This is because Surita is 12 (2 years older than Christopher). Ashley is 11. Daniel is 6
  7. Read the following statement, then choose the correct answer from the four choices available.

    William swam 100 metres in 58 seconds, which was 10 seconds slower than Samantha. Isabella swam half as fast as William, and Anthony finished four seconds before Isabella. Using this information decide which of the following statements is true.
    This is because we are told she swam half as fast as William. 58 seconds x 2 = 1 minute 56 seconds
  8. Read the following statement, then choose the correct answer from the four choices available.

    James is two years younger than Martha will be next year. Harry is 12. Martha is two years older than Harry was last year. Using this information decide which of the following statements is true.

    This is because if Martha is 2 years older than Harry was last year, she must be 13. If she is 13 James is two years younger than she will be next year, which makes him 12 now
  9. Read the following statement, then choose the correct answer from the four choices available.

    Bedisa, Andrew, William, Julie and Sarah met while on holiday with their parents and took part in a range of fun activities. Julie did all activities. All the girls and Andrew took part in face painting. Andrew and Sarah were the only ones not to do banana boating. Julie, Sarah and Andrew did archery. Other than Julie, only Andrew did paintballing. Using this information decide which of the following statements is true.
    This is because we are told Julie did all activities. Andrew did do archery. Andrew and Sarah were the only ones not to do banana boating so 'Sarah did banana boating' must be wrong. Only Andrew and Julie did paintballing so 'William did paintballing' must also be wrong
  10. Read the following statement, then choose the correct answer from the four choices available.

    Ryan does not have blue eyes. Darshan does not have green eyes. Grace has brown eyes. Sarah's eyes are not blue and not the same colour as Ryan's. Grace has the same colour eyes as Ryan. Darshan's eyes are not the same colour as Ryan's or Grace's. Using this information decide which of the following statements is true.
    This is because Grace has brown eyes and she has the same colour eyes as Ryan. 'All of the children have brown eyes' is wrong because Darshan's eyes are not the same colour as Ryan's or Grace's and we know Grace has brown eyes. '3 of the children have blue eyes' is wrong because Grace has the same colour eyes as Ryan (brown) meaning only two children can have blue eyes. Darshan cannot have green eyes because we know Sarah's eyes are not blue, and not the same colour as Ryan's. Sarah must have green eyes

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