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Scholarship winner reveals top tip for 100% in General Ability

Any child can score above 90% in the General Ability section of the OC and Selective test, yet many students find this section difficult and even fail to score above 90%. This article will focus on how you can break these barriers and ace the GA test.

The most important thing you need to understand is that General ability can be broken down into two main things; nonverbal reasoning and verbal reasoning. Nonverbal reasoning contains pictures and diagrams, while verbal reasoning is all about words. We will focus mainly on verbal reasoning.

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Many kids who have been doing General ability sample videos for years are still stuck to the point where they’re getting 60 to 70%, pretty consistently. Their parents are worried about their children not improving their General Ability scores. What they don’t know is that these children have a huge problem with their vocab. 20-30 % of the General ability questions are vocabulary-based, and so if your child has weak vocab and is not spending enough time on the vocabulary, they will end up guessing answers, and they are likely to remain stuck at 60 or 70%

The simplest solution is to start memorizing vocab. Many parents give their children a vocab list to master. The problem they have experienced with this method is the children’s inconsistency in terms of their vocab memorization. They might write the vocab down, try to memorize 50 words a day, and then put the list aside, never looking at those words ever again. It can become a consistent habit for a very long time if not resolved early enough.

A note to remember

Children need to remember that vocab is the most important thing if they want to improve their General ability and reading comprehension marks. This is because the General ability is the main thing holding children back in reading comprehension, which again depends on vocabulary mastery.

As a parent, you need to concentrate on building a consistent vocabulary schedule. The schedule should run every day for 20 to 30 minutes to get to the next level. Remember, vocabulary is not acquired. It is learnt through consistent training. It is not difficult either; it just requires a lot of patience.

A simple concept that will help you and guide your children is to ask them to use the vocabs in a sentence and then start implementing it in their writing. There are other more complex ways, such as using anchors and using more effective mnemonics.

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