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theschoolboards
04-14-2011, 10:27 AM
This from Aristotle Circle (http://www.aristotlecircle.com/blog/get-ahead-test-prep-matrix-reasoning):

This series helps parents understand the skills a child will need to pass the kindergarten entrance exams and provides tips on how to start building these skills early.

What is matrix reasoning?

Matrix reasoning tests a child’s ability to complete visual analogies and patterns. It is used on the WISC, WPPSI, ERB, OLSAT and Stanford-Binet.

How early can I start teaching my child matrix reasoning?

A child is not expected to develop the cognitive ability to regularly group objects by category until the age of 3 – 3.5 years of age. Exposing your child to lots of examples of types of objects, for example animals, shapes and other items, helps them explore the relationship between these objects. Practicing activities similar to matrix reasoning wherein a child is asked to chose one object among several that fits best into a pattern is best done once your child is 3 and a half and older.

Some tips for practicing matrix reasoning skills:

Don’t dismiss wrong answers Rather than dismissing wrong answer ask your child more questions about the answer to understand their thinking. If your child links two unrelated words, ask them about the definition of each word to make sure that is not confusion about the words themselves.
Recognize everyday opportunity to practice Probing questions about every day activities are a way to inject fun and routine into practicing analogy skill. Regular activities including reading stories, putting away laundry, getting ready for dinner or walking to the park, point out objects and ask questions about similarities and differences.

Aristotle Circle provides sample tests and complete practice workbooks for all major private school entrance exams. Contact us with questions about tutoring or exam requirements. Visit our test date calendar to decide when to schedule your child for the test.