Verbal classification

When the students are ready, say:

Now turn to page 20 and follow while I read the directions.

Pause to check all the students are on the right page, and then read:

In each of these questions there are three words in bold type. These three words are similar in some way. Decide how they are the same. Then choose the word from the answer choices that goes with the first three words. Look at the example below.


The first three words are green, blue and red.  [Pause] Green, blue and red are all colours. Look for the answer that is also a colour. The correct answer is D, yellow. This is how you would show the answer.[Pause and indicate the example in the Student Booklet.]

Now try some practice questions. Mark your answer choices by filling in the correct box on your Answer Sheet. Remember, if you want to change your answer, rub out your first choice and mark your new letter choice.

Practice 1

Practice 2

Pause while the students choose their answers. Walk around the room, checking to make sure they are marking their answers correctly. Clear up any difficulties. Then continue as follows:

The answer to practice question 1 is G, snow, because rain, fog and sunshine are all types of weather and snow is also a type of weather.

The answer to practice question 2 is Q, angry, because happy, sad and frightened are all ways that you can feel and angry is also a way that you can feel.

Are there any questions?

Answer any questions, and then read:

Do all of the questions in this test the same way. Try to answer every question.

You will have eight minutes to work on this test.

Turn over the page and begin. Work until you reach the stop sign at the end of the test.

Start your stopwatch or note the exact time to the nearest second on your watch or clock. Note this time on your Time Chart, and then add exactly eight minutes and fill in the stopping time.

While the test is in progress, walk around the room to make sure that all the students are marking their answers by drawing a line across the letters and that no one has turned to a page they should not be on. Encourage any students who finish early to check their answers. After exactly eight minutes, say:

Stop. Put your pencils down and turn to the next page.