Verbal Reasoning in the Terra Nova
By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
My daughter received her Terra Nova scores. Most are 99% With the
exception of sequencing at 97% and Verbal Reasoning - Words at 78% her
overall score was 141 and 99%. I would like to know what that Verbal
Reasoning- Words covers.
Despite these scores she is an average student.
She works hard and wants to do well. However, she refuses to learn a
basic concept until she fully understands it. Once she commits to it she
knows it perfectly. She also does not do well with things that are hard
for her. I believe this is because so much has come easy for her. This
is why reading has been a struggle for her. I am hoping insight into
this score will help understand what she needs to better meet her
potential. Thank you.
Her overall score is very good at 99%. The Verbal Reasoning - Words
measures ability to solve verbal problems by reasoning deductively (a
specific conclusion arrived at from a general principle), analysing
category attributes (e.g., words that do not fit in a pattern), and
identifying relationships and patterns. The verbal reasoning is lower
than the rest of her scores but still in the average range.
It is hard to determine the reason she may be an average student –
perhaps you may want to talk to her teachers especially since she did
very well in the Terra Nova. A few things you can do to help strengthen
her verbal reasoning:
Look for reasoning patterns in reading passages (do the “questioning
the author” technique)
Syllogism - a kind of logical argument that applies deductive
reasoning to arrive at a conclusion based on two or more propositions
that are asserted or assumed to be true.
Making inferences about word meanings (make sure at least 25% of
reading should be above grade level)
Word origins, roots, etc.
Including new vocabulary in everyday conversation
These may be a great help in improving her verbal reasoning
specifically. Hope the above helps and all the best.