11-Plus Verbal Reasoning Quiz - Questions About Words 2 (Questions)

Welcome to the second in our series of Eleven Plus Verbal Reasoning quizzes on Questions About Words. What sort of questions about words will children have to answer in the exam? Straightforward ones about a list of five words, such as these:

As you can see, for children expected to do well in the 11+, these questions are not very challenging. Almost every 10-year-old can put words into alphabetical order. Nevertheless, practise is always of help. The more you play these quizzes, the less likely you will be to make mistakes when you take your test.

Example:

Look at the words below and then answer the question about them.

SILVER
SALVER
SOLVER
ELEVEN
SALTED

Which consonant appears most frequently?

Answer: ‘L’ appears five times, that’s more than any other consonant, so is the correct answer.

1. Look at the words below and then answer the question about them.

WAKING
KNACKS
FLURRY
PUNNET
WAFFLE

Which vowel does not appear in any word?
[ ] I
[ ] A
[ ] O
[ ] U
2. Look at the words below and then answer the question about them.

WAKING
KNACKS
FLURRY
PUNNET
WAFFLE

Which word would come first in a dictionary?
[ ] FLURRY
[ ] KNACKS
[ ] PUNNET
[ ] WAKING
3. Look at the words below and then answer the question about them.

WAKING
KNACKS
FLURRY
PUNNET
WAFFLE

Which vowel appears most frequently?
[ ] E
[ ] U
[ ] I
[ ] A
4. Look at the words below and then answer the question about them.

WAKING
KNACKS
FLURRY
PUNNET
WAFFLE

Which word would appear last in a dictionary?
[ ] WAFFLE
[ ] WAKING
[ ] KNACKS
[ ] PUNNET
5. Look at the words below and then answer the question about them.

WAKING
KNACKS
FLURRY
PUNNET
WAFFLE

Which consonant appears most frequently?
[ ] F
[ ] N
[ ] K
[ ] W
6. Look at the words below and then answer the question about them.

PERISH
SUPPED
RECOUP
THROWS
PERMIT

Which vowel does not appear in any word?
[ ] A
[ ] U
[ ] I
[ ] O
7. Look at the words below and then answer the question about them.

PERISH
SUPPED
RECOUP
THROWS
PERMIT

Which word would come first in a dictionary?
[ ] PERMIT
[ ] RECOUP
[ ] PERISH
[ ] SUPPED
8. Look at the words below and then answer the question about them.

PERISH
SUPPED
RECOUP
THROWS
PERMIT

Which vowel appears most frequently?
[ ] O
[ ] I
[ ] U
[ ] E
9. Look at the words below and then answer the question about them.

PERISH
SUPPED
RECOUP
THROWS
PERMIT

Which word would appear last in a dictionary?
[ ] PERMIT
[ ] SUPPED
[ ] RECOUP
[ ] THROWS
10. Look at the words below and then answer the question about them.

PERISH
SUPPED
RECOUP
THROWS
PERMIT

Which consonant appears most frequently?
[ ] R
[ ] P
[ ] T
[ ] H
11-Plus Verbal Reasoning Quiz - Questions About Words 2 (Answers)
1. Look at the words below and then answer the question about them.

WAKING
KNACKS
FLURRY
PUNNET
WAFFLE

Which vowel does not appear in any word?
[ ] I
[ ] A
[x] O
[ ] U
None of the words contain the letter ‘O, but all the other vowels (A, E, I and U) appear at least once
2. Look at the words below and then answer the question about them.

WAKING
KNACKS
FLURRY
PUNNET
WAFFLE

Which word would come first in a dictionary?
[x] FLURRY
[ ] KNACKS
[ ] PUNNET
[ ] WAKING
‘F’ comes before ‘K’, ‘P, and ‘W’ in the alphabet, so ‘flurry’ would come first in a dictionary
3. Look at the words below and then answer the question about them.

WAKING
KNACKS
FLURRY
PUNNET
WAFFLE

Which vowel appears most frequently?
[ ] E
[ ] U
[ ] I
[x] A
‘A’ appears three times - that’s more than any other vowel, so is the correct answer
4. Look at the words below and then answer the question about them.

WAKING
KNACKS
FLURRY
PUNNET
WAFFLE

Which word would appear last in a dictionary?
[ ] WAFFLE
[x] WAKING
[ ] KNACKS
[ ] PUNNET
Looking at the first letters of each word, ‘W’ comes after ‘K’, ‘P, and ‘F’ in the alphabet, so the answer is either ‘waking’ or ‘waffle’. Looking at their second letters, both have ‘A’, so we move on to the third. ‘F’ comes before ‘K’ in the alphabet so ‘waking’ would appear last in a dictionary
5. Look at the words below and then answer the question about them.

WAKING
KNACKS
FLURRY
PUNNET
WAFFLE

Which consonant appears most frequently?
[ ] F
[x] N
[ ] K
[ ] W
‘N’ appears four times - that’s more than any other consonant (‘F’ and ‘K’ appear thrice, and ‘L’, ‘R’ and ‘W’ twice). ‘N’ is the correct answer
6. Look at the words below and then answer the question about them.

PERISH
SUPPED
RECOUP
THROWS
PERMIT

Which vowel does not appear in any word?
[x] A
[ ] U
[ ] I
[ ] O
None of the words contain the letter ‘A’, but all the other vowels (E, I, O and U) appear at least twice
7. Look at the words below and then answer the question about them.

PERISH
SUPPED
RECOUP
THROWS
PERMIT

Which word would come first in a dictionary?
[ ] PERMIT
[ ] RECOUP
[x] PERISH
[ ] SUPPED
‘P’ comes before ‘R’, ‘S’ and ‘T’ in the alphabet and two of the words start with a ‘P’, so we must look at their second letters. ‘Perish and ‘permit both have ‘E’ as their second letter, so we now look at their third letters and find that both have an ‘R’, so we go on to the fourth letter. ‘I’ comes before ‘M’ in the alphabet so ‘perish’ will appear before ‘permit’ in a dictionary
8. Look at the words below and then answer the question about them.

PERISH
SUPPED
RECOUP
THROWS
PERMIT

Which vowel appears most frequently?
[ ] O
[ ] I
[ ] U
[x] E
‘E’ appears four times – that’s more often than any other vowel. ‘E’ is in fact the most often used letter in English
9. Look at the words below and then answer the question about them.

PERISH
SUPPED
RECOUP
THROWS
PERMIT

Which word would appear last in a dictionary?
[ ] PERMIT
[ ] SUPPED
[ ] RECOUP
[x] THROWS
‘T’ comes later in the alphabet than ‘P’, ‘R’ or ‘S’ so ‘throws’ would be listed last in a dictionary
10. Look at the words below and then answer the question about them.

PERISH
SUPPED
RECOUP
THROWS
PERMIT

Which consonant appears most frequently?
[ ] R
[x] P
[ ] T
[ ] H
‘P’ appears five times. That’s more than ‘R’ (four times), ‘S’ (three times), ‘T’ or ‘H’ (twice)