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Maths revision challenge for 11+ and Pre-Test students
By Sarah Collins
04 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.
Post 13+ Common Entrance Ideas for children
By Victoria Burrill
29 Jun
Victoria Burrill is an English Key Stage 2 textbook author and lover of words and stories, she has been teaching for the last 10 years and has prepared countless children for 11+, pre-test and 13+ examinations. In this post she shares some ideas for children after those key examinations.

It’s over! The exams are finished.  The anxiety is abating.  Now what?  It’s a long hard slog towards the 13+.  Schoolwork, homework, revision… Life after 13+ can feel like being cast adrift, for both teachers, parents and students alike.  So how can you best use this time, keep your exhausted students (and teachers) engaged and add something to their education that perhaps other moments in their school career may not allow? 
Raising your Grades with Grammar
By Sarah Collins
19 Jun
Following the increased emphasis on grammar teaching in recent years, the 11+ and Common Entrance Pre-Tests are now reflecting these changes. With specific exercises targeting grammar (as well as spelling and punctuation) in English and verbal reasoning tests and a clear mark allocation in writing tasks, grammar has never had greater focus.
The value of feedback after exams - Tips for students
By Elizabeth Holtom
18 Jun

As you progress through your prep school years, exams start to play an increasingly important part. They help prepare you for the ones you will take in Y8 – either 13+ Common Entrance or CASE/Scholarship exams. The better you are at assessing your results, the easier you will find it to choose what to do to maintain or improve your performance. This will be an invaluable skill to take on to secondary school.

The Golden Rules of Latin Translation
By Nick Oulton
17 May
Nick Oulton, author of our Latin for Common Entrance resources, tackles the sometimes tricky topic of translation

Learning to cope with a joined up passage of Latin is really pretty easy, once you know what you are doing. But, as with simple sentences, there are some rules to follow, and if you don’t get the rules right, you will always be indulging in glorified guesswork – and the Romans didn’t build their empire on guesswork