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Assess Current Ability

Assessing your child’s chances of success in the 11plus exam involves gathering information about their abilities from a variety of sources and trying to create an overall picture of their learned skills and natural talents. This diagram provides an overview of what to take into consideration.     If it is not clear from your […]

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How to prepare for Maths & Numerical Reasoning

Numerical Reasoning is the ability to reason with information provided in tables, charts and figures. Most of the skills required are taught in KS2 mathematics. So 11+ Maths & Numerical Reasoning exams comprise in essence the same topics as taught in the national curriculum for Key Stage 2 with a few topics that are usually only […]

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How to prepare for Non-verbal Reasoning (NVR)

Eleven Plus Non Verbal Reasoning Tests provide an assessment of a child’s ability to understand and analyse visual information and solve problems using visual reasoning. The tests tend to contain a few different question types within one exam, requiring skills such as… Identifying relationships between objects Spotting similarities and differences between shapes and patterns Recognizing […]

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How to prepare for Verbal Reasoning (VR)

Eleven Plus Verbal Reasoning Tests provide an assessment of a child’s ability to understand, reason and solve problems involving written information.  In addition to the highly recommended Chuckra Online Assessment Tool, COAsT, which makes all of our Premium Tests (initial assessment tests, past mock papers and varied length practice papers) available and affordable to all, there is […]

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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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