Recent changes to the 11+ exam.
As from this September (2016) the old style Verbal Reasoning exam, taken to gain entry to Wirral’s Grammar schools, has changed.
It is being replaced with what is described as a broader test of pupils’ knowledge, more closely linked to what pupils are studying at Key Stage 2 and to what they will go on to study at Key Stage 3.
It is important to note that Wirral’s Catholic Grammars, St. Anselm’s and Upton Hall have NOT changed their exams and details are posted on their respective websites. Alternatively, call me for a breakdown of what is involved.
The new style exam will consist of 3 components and will be examined through 2 papers, both sat on the same day, with no practice exam. It is being produced by the University of Durham (CEM) and will test pupils understanding in English, Maths and Non Verbal Reasoning.
Paul Rowlands, 11+ Tutor
The English paper contains some familiar traits of the old style Verbal Reasoning exams: synonyms, antonyms, odd ones out, logic problems to name a few. However it goes on to formally test pupils spelling abilities, grasp of Grammar, punctuation and comprehension skills.
The Maths paper places less reliance on mental arithmetic skills and tends to test in greater detail the topic areas covered in Years 4 and 5, and eventually 6 in school. Examples include: 4 rules of number; ratio and proportion; % expressed as fractions and decimals; factors, multiples and primes, to name a few.
Non Verbal Reasoning is a visual discipline, testing pupils’ abilities to spot sequences and patterns, often in series of shapes.
As with previous years, lessons will concentrate on teaching the core techniques to every topic / skill area, building to formal timed testing in the Spring and beyond.
Lessons usually start at the beginning of Year 5, but with the increased volume of work now being tested earlier starts can easily be accommodated.
Taught using the latest publicised materials, lessons are usually 1:1 or 1:2, £25 or £30 respectively. All materials are supplied and Homework is always set after every lesson.
Paul Rowlands, 11+ Tutor
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