Exam technique – How do I make the most of my time in the test?

Even if you are the most able pupil you will not complete all the 11+ test questions within the time limit, but the better you are prepared will help you to use the time most efficiently. This will result in you attempting more questions and a higher score being achieved. This blog explores different ways in which you can do this and get the best possible results. Below are seven simple strategies to maximise time in the 11+ tests. 1. Scan the question paper. At the start of the test just spend a few moments looking at all the pages. Why?...

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Range? Median? Mode? What does that Mean?

The different types of average is one aspect of the mathematics component of Secondary School Entrance Examinations (11+) and Common Entrance Examinations that many children find a stumbling block. The main issue that confronts pupils is remembering which form of average is which when faced with the mathematical meaning of the terms ‘range’, ‘mode’, ‘median’ and ‘mean’. Many children know how to calculate each form, but have trouble recalling the differences between the terms. Before I explore the different types of average, let’s have a...

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Essential revision topics for the 11+ test

One of the four components of the Secondary School Entrance Examinations (11+) is mathematics – the others being English, verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning. The mathematics questions within the test cover many aspects of the subject and the purpose of this blog post is simply to highlight the range of concepts that a child might encounter. Within each area the need to have solid number skills is essential, as is the ability to use comprehension skills to interpret many questions. It is vital that children know number facts, such as...

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Apostrophes – What am I doing here’?

Hello! My name is April Apostrophe and I’m here to tell you all about me. Look! I’ve appeared two times already – do you know why? I’ll tell you – WOW! – here I am again. So far, in this very exciting blog post all about me, I am being helpful by showing you that something is missing from the words I’m, I’ve and I’ll. What’s missing (oh, there I am again)? I will tell you. It is part of the words, am, have and will. I’m is another way of writing I am, I’ve is another way of writing I have, and I’ll is another way of writing I will. Usually...

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Reading comprehension – Now, what was that all about?

You can help your child to develop skills in reading comprehension. These skills will enable them to reflect on the text they have read and extend their understanding beyond literal interpretation to making inferences and deductions – ‘reading between the lines’. This blog post answers three questions: What is reading comprehension? Why is reading comprehension an important skill? How can I develop my child’s reading comprehension skills? 1. What is reading comprehension? Reading comprehension is an ability to read text and, more importantly,...

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