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  • The 11 plus examination consists of a mathematics test based on topics taught at key stage 2. Key Stage 2 is the term used in England and Wales’ education system for the four years of schooling before children enter secondary school. These years are known as Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, and Year 6 where students are between 7 to 11 years old. The 11 plus examination is then taken at the end of year 6 to determine a place in grammar school.

    The mathematics test involves all basic concepts in maths for key stage 2, and also touches upon some further advanced topics such as algebra. Therefore, it is important to ensure that your child is familiar with a wide range of concepts. Surprisingly a common weakness for children under the age of 11 is competency with the four basic math operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Although these concepts are introduced to children early, there is little focus on learning times tables ‘by rote’ within the national curriculum which leads to difficulty during questions involving multiplication and division. Practice is crucial for success in the 11 plus exam and regularly reciting times tables will help children to master these skills before undertaking the 11 plus exam.

    Although the maths exam is based around addition, subtraction, multiplication and division it is focused on applying these skills in practical applications. These can include monetary problems, rounding decimals, calculating the properties of shapes (perimeter and area etc), transforming words into numbers, time calculations.... the list goes on. A great way in which to gain experience in all these areas is to get exposure to many different problems. This is done by going through practice papers time and time again. A great starting point is to master the 4 basic skills at key stage 2 level and then apply them to the practical applications. All the practical example questions can be found on the 11plus swot website.

    Here at the 11PlusSwot HQ we have found that the BBC key stage 2 site offers a great starting point to master the 4 topics. From here children can then start to tackle the 11plusswot maths papers to apply their knowledge and develop their skills. 

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  • Children and parents alike were left shocked and confused when a recent change to the exam period was announced. Many parents start to prepare their child months in advance before sitting an eleven plus exam. To be told that they will potentially lose 3 months preparation time was not welcomed across the board.

    But is it all doom and gloom I hear you ask? Well no actually, there is method to their madness.

    Currently the 11 plus exam is held towards the end of November. By this time parents must choose which secondary schools to apply for. This may not seem like a problem but what if your child doesn’t pass the 11 plus exam? Frantic applications to the best state schools in the area will follow... Followed by a swift rejection letter saying they are already oversubscribed. Every parent’s worst nightmare!

    Let’s re-wind the clock and take the 11 plus exam in September. Your child passes and it’s all smiles and cheers. Your child fails and... No problem. You haven’t had to choose which schools to apply for yet! Now you can apply for the best state schools in the area safe in the knowledge that your child has a good a chance as any into getting into a good school.

    Here at 11plus swot we are behind the proposed changes and hope you, as parents, can see the benefits too.  For help with revising check out our easy to use online testing service. 

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    A question we get asked a lot is “what score do I need to get to pass the Eleven Plus exam?” The easy answer to that one is “it depends.”

    The eleven plus exam uses standardised scores. This means the minimum pass mark is determined based on all collected results for that year, then adjusted depending on how many people sat the test and how well everybody performed across the board. One the answers have been standardised it is then possible to set a benchmark for all results. You can read more about the standardisation process here.

    There’s no such thing as a strict pass mark but you need to be scoring in the high nineties to give yourself the best chance possible. Near the time of the exam your sample tests need to be at or near 100% every time.

    Try it for yourself – are you able to score over 90% in one of our sample tests? Watch out for the time limit!

    http://www.11plusswot.co.uk/Take_Test.aspx

    Didn’t quite get the mark you’re hoping for? If you or someone you know is taking the 11+ exam then help them revise with 11+ practice papers from 11 Plus Swot.

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