The 11 plus assessment is given to pupils in primary school, when children are about to leave the final year (Year 6). They may opt to take the 11 plus if the pupil wishes to attend a Grammar School.
This test is given to pupils who want to attend a Grammar Secondary School. Some teachers may encourage pupils to take the test, just to give them the opportunity of attending a Grammar School, if they wish to choose this option.
Generally, most pupils will be at the age of 10 when they take this assessment.
The test can contain up to four “disciplines” including:
Within this blog, I am going to cover some of the KEY tips for preparing not only children, but parents for the 11 plus assessment. This blog also includes a detailed video which provides 11 plus sample questions, which you can use to get some understanding of what to expect in regards to the assessment.
11 PLUS MATHS – TYPES OF QUESTIONS
The 11 plus maths curriculum is designed to assess how well a child is able to deal with basic mathematical equations, procedures and terminology. Assessors need to be able to determine students’ progress in regards to the required standards and whether or not each child meets expectations.
These questions will often vary and will change considerably each year of the 11 plus. However, the mathematical style of such questions remain similar. They focus on particular things such as:
- Charts and graphs
- Number sequences
- Areas and perimeters
- Shapes and angles
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11 PLUS PRACTICE QUESTIONS
Do you wish to practice for your maths part of the 11 plus assessment?
Watch the following video, and have a look at our practice questions.
PREPARING FOR THE 11 PLUS
Below I have provided some top tips for parents and children when revising for their 11 plus maths assessment.
Allow for plenty of study breaks – even if they’re 5 or 10 minutes long. This will help to refresh the memory and keep your child calm and focused.
KEEP IN MIND – a child’s attention rate is usually between 30 to 50 minutes.
Active revision is a great way to stay interactive with the topic. Revision games and mock tests are great exam techniques to use to prepare for the 11+.
Visual aids are another great way to take in lots of information. Mind maps, spider diagrams, flash cards, posters etc. should all be used in preparation.
Stick a piece of paper up on the fridge highlighting all of the areas you wish to cover.
Mnemonic devices are a great way to remember things. The more personalised they are, the more memorable they will be.
Practice past papers! This is the best way to revise! Not only does it allow your child to practice questions, but you can always work on exam structure and timed conditions.
Work on speed as well as accuracy. Exams are set under time limits, and therefore the paper needs to be completed in the allotted time.
Make sure your child is receiving plenty of exercise and nutritious food to keep their brain working effectively!
Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep before the 11+ test. Your child needs to be feeling refreshed and ready to sit the test.
Eat a healthy breakfast on the day of the test.
Reassure your child, and tell them how proud you are of the efforts that they have made.
Focus on the revision as opposed to the long-term goal.
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