 # Letter Connections Practice 1

In this practice exercise, students will solve alphabetical sequences involving double letter pairs in both forward and reverse motions. It will develop students’ problem solving and sequencing skills, under timed conditions. Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Exam-Style Questions: Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Exam-Style Questions: Letter Connections

Difficulty level:   ### QUESTION 1 of 10

If you are unsure of an answer move on to the next question.  You should come back to questions you found difficult at the end if you have time.

There are many different types of sequences. In letter pair sequences there are pairs of letters joined together by a common theme, normally the amount of space between them. Some follow a forwards sequence, while others follow a reverse alphabet sequence.

Here is the alphabet for you to use as a reference:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Look at the following letter sequence:

US is to QO as MK is to ___?

First, we have to work out how the first letter of the first pair (US) gets to the first letter of the second pair (QO).

To get from U to Q, we jump 4 places to the left.

Then we have to work out how the second letter of the first pair gets to the second letter of the second pair.

To get from S to O we also jump 4 places to the left.

This means we need to do the same to the letters M and K to work out the missing letters in our sequence.

This makes our missing letters IG.

US is to QO as MK is to IG.

Now it's time to begin this practice exercise.  Good luck!

Here are two groups of letter pairs. Each group follows the same special sequence, but with different letters.

IV is to DM as TS is to ______ ?

 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

OH

PK

OJ

PL

Here are two groups of letter pairs. Each group follows the same special sequence, but with different letters.

TX is to GF as SW is to __ ?

 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

HE

GF

GE

HD

Here are two groups of letter pairs. Each group follows the same special sequence, but with different letters.

JO is to QA as CG is to ______ ?

 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

TX

XT

XS

ST

Here are two groups of letter pairs. Each group follows the same special sequence, but with different letters.

KS is to AD as UL is to ______ ? Use your detective skills to work out the special sequence and find the missing letter pair.

 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

TOP TIP: Some of the questions in this activity will follow the mirror image sequenceIf the sequence is not forwards/backwards jumps in the alphabet, then it will be a mirror image sequence

JZ

KW

LZ

KX

Here are two groups of letter pairs. Each group follows the same special sequence, but with different letters.

ED is to VP as LQ is to ______ ?

 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

OC

ND

PD

OD

Here are two groups of letter pairs. Each group follows the same special sequence, but with different letters.

OY is to CB as TW is to ______ ?

 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

ED

FG

HD

HT

Here are two groups of letter pairs. Each group follows the same special sequence, but with different letters.

GJ is to JG as ZE is to ______ ?

 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

AB

CB

CA

BC

Here are two groups of letter pairs. Each group follows the same special sequence, but with different letters.

IC is to QL as QN is to ______ ?

 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

YW

ZX

WZ

AW

Here are two groups of letter pairs. Each group follows the same special sequence, but with different letters.

WX is to MR as KH is to ______ ?

 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

AZ

DE

AC

AB

Here are two groups of letter pairs. Each group follows the same special sequence, but with different letters.

UU is to FS as RE is to ______ ?

 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

JB

HD

IC

GK

• Question 1

Here are two groups of letter pairs. Each group follows the same special sequence, but with different letters.

IV is to DM as TS is to ______ ?

 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

OJ
EDDIE SAYS
Welcome detective! There are two different sequences going on here. The first letter in each pair follows the alphabet going backwards five jumps. The second letter follows a sequence of nine jumps backwards. Try writing down the letters as you work out the sequence, this way you won't forget it!
• Question 2

Here are two groups of letter pairs. Each group follows the same special sequence, but with different letters.

TX is to GF as SW is to __ ?

 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

HE
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? All this jumping about can get confusing, so always write down the first letter as you go, so that you can then fully concentrate on working out the second. The first letter in each pair is a mirror image sequence. Don't forget to check for those!
The second sequence is eight jumps forward in the alphabet.
• Question 3

Here are two groups of letter pairs. Each group follows the same special sequence, but with different letters.

JO is to QA as CG is to ______ ?

 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

XS
EDDIE SAYS
This was a tricky one, are you getting the hang of it? Using the alphabet line we need to look to see if the sequence goes forwards, backwards or is a mirrored sequence. This one was a mirrored sequence, well done if you spotted this! The first letter in each pair follows a mirror image sequence. The second letter follows a sequence of twelve jumps forwards. If you didn't get it this time, do not worry, it can take a bit of getting used to!
• Question 4

Here are two groups of letter pairs. Each group follows the same special sequence, but with different letters.

KS is to AD as UL is to ______ ? Use your detective skills to work out the special sequence and find the missing letter pair.

 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

TOP TIP: Some of the questions in this activity will follow the mirror image sequenceIf the sequence is not forwards/backwards jumps in the alphabet, then it will be a mirror image sequence

KW
EDDIE SAYS
What a lot of jumps!
The first letter in each pair follows a sequence of ten jumps backwards in the alphabet. The second letter follows a sequence of eleven jumps forwards.
• Question 5

Here are two groups of letter pairs. Each group follows the same special sequence, but with different letters.

ED is to VP as LQ is to ______ ?

 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

OC
EDDIE SAYS
I hope you're having lots of fun, as you're already halfway done!
The first letter in each pair follows a mirror image sequence. The second letter follows a sequence of twelve jumps forwards.
• Question 6

Here are two groups of letter pairs. Each group follows the same special sequence, but with different letters.

OY is to CB as TW is to ______ ?

 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

HD
EDDIE SAYS
Did you work this one out? The first letter in each pair follows a sequence of twelve jumps backwards in the alphabet. The second letter follows a mirror image sequence.
• Question 7

Here are two groups of letter pairs. Each group follows the same special sequence, but with different letters.

GJ is to JG as ZE is to ______ ?

 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

CB
EDDIE SAYS
All this jumping is tiring work! Did you spot the patterns? The first letter in each pair follows a sequence of three jumps forwards in the alphabet. The second follows a sequence of three jumps back.
• Question 8

Here are two groups of letter pairs. Each group follows the same special sequence, but with different letters.

IC is to QL as QN is to ______ ?

 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

YW
EDDIE SAYS
Look at these letters, jumping in all directions! The first letter in each pair follows a sequence of eight jumps forwards in the alphabet. The second letter follows a sequence of nine jump forwards.
• Question 9

Here are two groups of letter pairs. Each group follows the same special sequence, but with different letters.

WX is to MR as KH is to ______ ?

 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

AB
EDDIE SAYS
How did you do? The first letter in each pair has a sequence of ten jumps backwards in the alphabet. The second letter follows a sequence of six jumps back.
What could the last question be? Let's have a look and see!
• Question 10

Here are two groups of letter pairs. Each group follows the same special sequence, but with different letters.

UU is to FS as RE is to ______ ?

 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

IC
EDDIE SAYS
What a tricky one to finish on, how did you do? The first letter in each pair follows a mirror image sequence. The second letter follows a sequence of two jumps back. Great, all the letters have been located. Thanks for your help solving this mystery, detective!
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