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Can you unlock the door?
By Sarah Collins
15 Aug

English Comprehension tasks are a key part of the 11 plus tests and can carry 50 per cent of the marks available. A variety of different types of text can be used, both fiction and non-fiction, with some fiction texts set in a different era or country.
 
Reading the text carefully before beginning is very important since questions are often asked that can only be answered by understanding the underlying themes and messages in a text. It is sensible to read a text at least twice and preferably three times, highlighting key ideas and summarising each paragraph in the margin to help you retrieve information quickly.

Can you spot the winning cyclist?
By Sarah Collins
08 Aug

Scientists are always asking questions, exploring the world around us to make sense of it. In the 11 plus you will be asked to think like a scientist and show a methodical approach to answering questions in order to work out and explain what is going on in various events and experiments.

Just as you have done in the previous blogs in this series, use the knowledge you have learned in school to help you understand the questions being asked ...

Test your mental arithmetic speed with this shopping trolley challenge!
By Sarah Collins
01 Aug
As calculators are not allowed in maths 11+ tests, it is essential to have confidence in performing simple calculations at speed. Some online tests reward speed as well as accuracy and so rapid recall of times tables and number facts will ensure you can race through the problems like a trolley round a supermarket!
 
Many problems are presented in a real-life setting like the one below. These questions often look trickier than they actually are because the calculations are hidden in the story, so your first task is to break the text down into simple facts. Once you have separated the information, work out which calculations you are being asked to do and use your maths skills to solve the problem.
Can you discover which snail ate the strawberry?
By Sarah Collins
25 Jul
11+ and pre-test revision is all about building thinking skills, improving the ability to think through new situations and problems, working out answers using existing knowledge. This is the second in a series of blogs designed to help build these thinking skills but in a fun and engaging way. Each blog takes one of the most challenging areas of an 11+ subject and sets problems in a slightly different way for your children to solve. This approach builds confidence in tackling question variations that are now increasingly commonplace in today’s 11+ tests. The question in this blog relates to matrices – one the most challenging question types in non-verbal reasoning tests.
Are you eagle-eyed enough to spot the bird?
By Sarah Collins
14 Jul

This is the first in a series of summer holiday blogs designed to show you how solving problems can be intriguing as well as entertaining. 11+ and pre-test revision is all about building thinking skills, using existing knowledge to work out the answers to new challenges. This series of blogs is designed to help children exercise these thinking skills in each area of 11+ testing. Each blog takes one of the most challenging areas of a subject and sets problems in a slightly different way. This approach builds confidence in tackling question variations that are now increasingly common-place in today’s 11+ tests.