How To Prepare For The 11+ Exam
Some private schools specialise in preparing children for grammar schools, but some schools do not offer any preparation for the 11+ exam at all, so if you want your child to attend a grammar school, some extra preparation will be needed. The test varies, but usually tests a child’s understanding of English, mathematics and verbal/non-verbal reasoning; these are the areas where additional tuition can really make a difference.
Some parents help their child study at home. Others find their child is more prepared to work with a tutor, or in a tutoring group outside of school. A tutor may be better able to assess what level your child is at, and what style of teaching suits them best.
It’s also important to consider what sort of school is best for your child. Some children may be more academically successful in a less pressurised environment.
How To Help Your Child Pass The 11+ Exam
- Know your school – check their entry requirements and registration dates. Some schools have their own entry test in addition to the 11+. You may be able to find a tutor who specialises in preparing children for your chosen school.
- Read to your child – even something as simple as reading with your child every day increases vocabulary, which can make a huge difference.
- Don’t run before you can walk – make sure your child has fully mastered the basics – such as their times tables - before moving onto anything more complex.
- Keep to a routine – whether it’s tuition, or helping your child at home, little and often is best.
- Closer to the test – from about a year before they sit the 11+, children benefit from seeing practice papers, and the experience of working under exam conditions, writing short essays etc.
- Keep it fun – make sure your child has time away from study, to relax, and just enjoy being a kid.
- 11+ and after – some grammar schools also offer the chance to apply at 13+, or even at sixth form, so it’s worth checking to see whether that option is available.
- Tutors can prepare children for GCSEs, whether they need help with exam techniques, practice papers – or just a boost for their self-confidence.
- Did you know that it is possible to study for A-levels outside of school? If your child wants to study a subject not available at their school, or if timetable clashes are causing problems, this could be the solution.
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