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Countdown to the Eleven Plus exam starts now!

For many parents, the summer holiday is too long a break… Children often get out of the study habit, making it more difficult to get back into the school mindset come September.

With only a week before most schools re-open for the autumn term, and with 11+ exams looming, it can help to get back into the swing of things now.

Here are some practical suggestions to help your child get ahead from the word go:

  1. Check ahead! Check which papers each school sets. Some local Grammar and independent schools, for instance, don’t set a non-verbal reasoning element, while others still do. Some test English and comprehension, while others set a creative writing challenge on top. If you are applying for several schools, it makes sense to check this as soon as possible.
  2. Have a trial run! Download or buy some test papers to try out. Strict timing is what affects many children’s chances of gaining entry to their first-choice school. So why not try out some papers set to time? This can also help you spot and improve on weak areas well before the exams.
  3. Learn the basics! Though the majority of schools don’t release previous papers, the same topics/skills crop up year in year out. Revising English and Maths basics will help no end.

Remember, passing exams is more a question of confidence than anything. So make sure that any prep includes plenty of praise and encouragement.

Of course, if your child needs some last-minute support, or exam technique practise, give us a call.

Our trusty tutors, spanning Cheshire and Manchester, have oodles of experience in helping children like yours not just pass their 11+ exams, but gain entry to the school of their choice too.

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