Christmas is just around the corner and although school may be on pause for a couple of weeks, 11+ preparation is likely to be continuing in earnest. ElevenPlusExams has put together a list of some of our top recommendations for educational gifts for the festive period, ideal for 11+ candidates looking to decompress from their usual lessons and revision sessions while continuing to build those core exam skills.
Many independent schools in the UK select their candidates for entry based not only on their scores in an entrance exam but also on their performance in an interview. These interviews can present a challenge for parents who often are not sure what exactly to expect for their child. Here are a number of our top tips for parents seeking to prepare their child for their entrance interview.
Children do often feel that the essay element of the 11+ is a monumental, insurmountable task, and parents preparing them for it can often feel the same way! The tough time limit and the unseen writing prompts can make the essay quite daunting. What’s more, it can be difficult to find the right resources to prepare effectively for the 11+ creative writing exam. That’s where we come in.
An 11+ forum can often be an invaluable resource. For those who feel adrift in the sea of 11+ information on the internet, a forum will often allow you to communicate directly with other parents and get tips, guidance, and news related to the exams. This, of course, can ease the stress of 11+ preparation by establishing a sense of control through preparation and mutual support.
Films are often championed as a great way to improve English as a second language – natural pronunciation, everyday vocabulary, spoken grammar, idioms, slang and accents all play out as a part of an engaging story with helpful visuals. With all that in mind, are they a suitable way to prepare your child for the vocabulary demands of the 11+?
With a seemingly endless plethora of 11+ practice material to pick from, it can be confusing to know which is the best to select for your child, especially when they are just beginning their 11+ preparation. For those looking for where to begin, here are our top four recommendations for the best English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning and Non-verbal reasoning books to kick start your child’s 11+ preparation.
As the parent of a child taking the 11+ exam you will probably find the process quite stressful. Reducing stress where you can is essential to ensuring your child’s success in securing a place at their school of choice. Here we have compiled some of our top tips for easing the anxiety that seems otherwise inescapable as you begin the 11+ journey.
Knowing the exam board and format of the test your child will be taking is essential for selecting the right 11+ plus practice material for them. When it comes to 11+ plus preparation, familiarity with particular question styles can sometimes be just as important as your child’s overall knowledge in particular subjects. When a student knows what to expect in their given exam, they can approach the test with confidence and answer each question to the best of their ability.
“Mock exams are a crucial part of 11+ preparation.” From our experience running 11+ courses, we know that no amount of tuition and home practice can prepare a child fully for real exam conditions. Children aged 10-11 generally have very little experience in exam conditions, as timed curriculum tests at school are far more relaxed and take place in familiar surroundings. Some children can even find mock exams intimidating and can get very nervous and have difficulty remaining focused when they attend a formal venue. We find that our own Year 5 students make greater progress with exam performance by sitting more mock exams and getting exposure to this environment.
Do online 11 plus mock exams resemble the real 11 plus? This week we are taking a look at the effectiveness of online mock papers, and how they might compare to a real 11 plus exam.