Free Online Numerical Reasoning Tests

In addition to solving numeric equations, your child will sometimes have to answer logic-based word problems. The following sites can help prepare him or her for these types of questions.

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Math Playground's Free Logic Games

The logic games and puzzles offered here will engage your child with fun, animated backgrounds, cartoon-like creatures, dynamic music and casually written instructions. This site uses popular games, like Battleship, Tetra and the Rubik's Cube, to review reasoning and logic concepts learned in school. The games are not timed, and many can be played either by one kid at a time or by several. Math Playground tends to add new puzzles once in a while, so even if you've visited the site before, there may be math activities for your child that you haven't seen before.

Logic Activities for Kids from SuperKids.com

The simply drawn computer games on SuperKids.com test a specific type of mathematical reasoning. They are supposed to help kids develop strategic analysis and spatial reasoning, the skills used for planning when there are many parts involved. These games have few directions and employ limited use of graphics or animation. They get right to the logic question with no added frills. Your child may like these games if he or she is easily distracted by visual or audio elements. Plus, there are more than a dozen available!

Discovery Kids' Brain Boosters

The Brain Boosters page on the Discovery Kids website features logic and reasoning puzzles that test a myriad of skills. The questions are categorized by type, so there are sections like 'lateral thinking,' 'spatial awareness' and 'logic.' Although these are technically math problems, they can be fun for kids to solve, and your son or daughter may even enjoy practicing them with friends.

Some of the problems, including those in the 'spatial awareness' section, ask kids to draw diagrams or shapes. Others are word problems, in which a seemingly impossible scenario is described (a person being in two places at once or something similar) and kids must solve the problems just using words.

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