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How to prepare for English

Eleven plus English tests may include some or all these topics: Comprehension Spelling Punctuation Sentence structure Grammar Vocabulary Literacy In some areas, a writing test is set which is only marked and assessed if the child is a borderline pass/fail in their other tests. It is therefore helpful to ensure that you know which English topics are […]

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How to prepare for Creative Writing

This article provides advice for students about the creative writing task in the 11 plus / selective school entrance examinations. How is creative writing tested? Creative writing for the 11+ may require you to write either an original story or complete a continuous prose exercise in the same style of writing (when you are given […]

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Enhance Core Skills

Increase Vocabulary A strong vocabulary is very advantageous when attempting an English / Verbal Reasoning paper. Completing practice papers alone will not dramatically increase your child’s vocabulary. This must be done by other means such as reading, playing word games, doing vocabulary booster quizzes in COAsT and engaging in challenging conversation. Word lists created from […]

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Boost Exam Performance

Timed Practice Tests Complete timed practice tests online in COAsT once your child has mastered all of the types individually. Although Chuckra papers should keep you busy for a long time, it is also a good idea to gain some exposure to a variety of publishers and to ensure your child is confident completing tests online and […]

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Successful 11 Plus Appeal Interview

We have collated some words of advice from parents who were successful in their appeals in recent years and even included a sample Supporting Letter. The only thing we’d like to add is that you should not mention anything about your child having been tutored at any stage through the appeals process – not even […]

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