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At the local cinema there is an offer where if four children buy tickets together, the youngest gets in for free.

There are five main types of question in each 11-plus verbal reasoning reading information quiz: relationships, money, age, activities and measurement.

If you are completing these quizzes in order, you are on the third of four quizzes. Watch out this time for a question on pocket money, and one about school sports!

If you find these questions baffling, it's worth revisiting them until you get all questions correct. They are not easy, and many adults struggle with them so don't be too disheartened if you don't get them right first time. With a little practise (or a lot!), you'll soon get the hang of them.

An example has been done for you so be sure to read it carefully and thoroughly before looking at the questions. Give it your best shot!

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

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.

School is running after school activities but pupils are only allowed to attend 2 clubs each week. Maths, English and Music are the three available clubs. Sahid and Tillie both sign up for Music and Tillie and Joanne both choose Maths. Joanne shares one club with Sahid, but not English. Shane only chooses one club, not including Maths, that at least 2 of the others also choose. Joanne Also chooses English. Using this information decide which of the following statements is true.
Tillie chooses English
Joanne chooses Music and Maths
Sahid chooses Maths and Music
Sahid chooses English and Maths
This is because we are told that 'Sahid and Tillie both sign up for Music' and also that 'Joanne shares one club with Sahid, but not English' even though we know she chose English. This means Sahid did not choose English, and since he can do only two activities after school, they must be Maths and Music
2.
Read the following statement, then choose the correct answer from the four choices available.

At the local cinema there is an offer where if four children buy tickets together, the youngest gets in for free. Aiden is 2 years younger than Shamus. In three years Hailey will be one year younger than Shamus will be in two years. Aiden is one year older than Jessica, who is 10. Using this information decide which of the following statements is true.
This is because Jessica is 10, Aiden and Hailey are both 11 and Shamus is 13
3.
Read the following statement, then choose the correct answer from the four choices available.

At the Summer Camp, Brandon, Samantha, Ava and Samuel all took parts in the sports activities. Brandon and Ava did all the same activities. Ava took part in the long jump, assault course and 800m sprint but didn't want to take part in the sack race with Samuel. Samuel was Samantha's partner in the three-legged race. Using this information decide which of the following statements is true.
Brandon did the three-legged race
Ava did the sack race
Samuel did the three-legged race
Samantha did the long jump
This is because we are told that he partnered Samantha
4.
Read the following statement, then choose the correct answer from the four choices available.

Isabella is three years younger than Jonathan was last year. Jonathan is 15. Hannah is a year younger than Nathan who is the same age as Isabella. Using this information decide which of the following statements is true.
Hannah is 11
Hannah is 10
Hannah is 14
Hannah is 12
This is because she is a year younger than Nathan (who is the same age as Isabella) which is 3 years younger than 14 (the age Jonathan was last year) or 11. A year younger than 11 is 10!
5.
Read the following statement, then choose the correct answer from the four choices available.

John, Dylan, Olivia and Abigail go to the shop to spend their pocket money. Olivia has £2.50 and Dylan has twice as much as John who has £1.80. Abigail has 50p less than Dylan. Using this information decide which of the following statements is true.
Olivia has more money than Dylan
Abigail has more money than Olivia
John has more money than Abigail
Olivia and Dylan have the same amount of money
This is because Abigail has 50p less than £3.60 (£3.10) and Olivia has only £2.50. Poor Olivia!
6.
Read the following statement, then choose the correct answer from the four choices available.

Jonathon, Madison, Naomi and Emma are all related. Madison's mum, Naomi, is Jonathon's only aunt. Emma is Naomi's daughter. Using this information decide which of the following statements is true.
Emma is Jonathon's cousin
Emma is Jonathon's sister
Jonathon is Naomi's son
Emma is not Jonathon's cousin
This is because Naomi is Jonathon's only aunt. Since she is also mother to Emma, this makes Emma and Jonathon cousins
7.
Read the following statement, then choose the correct answer from the four choices available.

Christian, Benjamin, Sophia and Ashley were all meeting at the Cinema at 8.00pm. Benjamin arrived ten minutes early which was five minutes later than Sophia and Ashley. Christian was ten minutes earlier than Benjamin. Using this information decide which of the following statements is true.
Christian arrived first
Benjamin arrived first
Sophia and Ashley arrived first
Christian arrived last
This is because Benjamin arrived 10 minutes early (7.50pm) and Sophia and Ashley arrived five minutes before him (7.45pm). Christian (10 minutes earlier than Benjamin) arrived at 7.40pm, making him arrive first
8.
Read the following statement, then choose the correct answer from the four choices available.

A teacher asked all the children in the class to out their hand up if they had a brother or sister in the school. Liam, Jade, Anna and Ella all put their hands up. The teacher then asked if they had a brother or sister in their class, and Anna and Ella put their hands down. Using this information decide which of the following statements is true.
Liam had a sister in another class
Anna did not have a brother or sister in another class
This is because if they both had their hands up they both had a brother or sister in that class. Each other!
9.
Read the following statement, then choose the correct answer from the four choices available.

Michael, Alexander, Taylor and Michaela were doing a sponsored walk for charity. The walk was 5 miles long. Anyone who raised £10 or over was promised free time in class. Taylor had five sponsors who each paid 40p per mile. Michaela had 8 sponsors who each paid 30p per mile. Michael had 10 sponsors who each paid 20p per mile and Alexander had 8 sponsors who each paid 25p per mile. Using this information decide which of the following statements is true.
Only Alexander and Michael raised enough money to get free time
Only Michaela and Taylor raised enough money to get free time
All four children raised enough money to get free time
Only Michaela and Michael raised enough money to get free time
To work this out, do some basic maths: Taylor: 5 x 40p = £2 per mile = £10. Michaela: 8 x 30p = £2.40 per mile = £12. Michael: 10 x 20p = £2 per mile = £10. Alexander: 8 x 25p = £2 per mile = £10. They all had enough to get the free time!
10.
Read the following statement, then choose the correct answer from the four choices available.

A group of children are measuring their height in school. Emma is 883mm. Joseph is 890mm. Nicholas is 20mm taller than Elizabeth. Elizabeth is 4mm taller than Emma, but not as tall as either Joseph or Nicholas. Using this information decide which of the following statements is true.
Nicholas is 883mm
Nicholas is 907mm
Nicholas is between 883mm and 887mm
Nicholas is third tallest
This is because Nicholas is 20mm taller than Elizabeth, who is 4mm taller than Emma. He must be 907mm
Author:  Stephen O'Hara