Spatial Reasoning for the new Bucks GL Selection Test (11+) – 2018 test for 2019 entry

The new Bucks test, created by GL assessment, now contains spatial reasoning in addition to non-verbal reasoning.

So what does this all mean for parents?


Spatial reasoning is all about thinking about manipulating objects without touching them, usually (but not always) in 3D. Children who show a natural aptitude for spatial reasoning often go on to become architects, engineers and scientists.
Here are some examples of the sorts of questions that may appear in the test:

1) Identify what 3d shapes will look like after they have been rotated.

2) Putting together 3 or 4 small shapes together and working out which shape they will make when combined.
3) Matching a range of nets with their 3D shapes.
4) Working through a set of directions and then marking the point you would reach (on a map) or saying which direction you’d be facing.
5) Examine a piece of folded paper with a hole cut out. Be able to visualise what the paper would look like when unfolded.

6) Choose the correct net to make a patterned cube.


There is a dearth of suitable material available at the moment but the team at FastForward Tuition have done their research and have unearthed some invaluable books, apps and games. To get your free copy of this list of resources, simply register your interest at


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