Archive for the ‘Entrance Tests & 11+’ Category

Just how DO you improve your 11 Plus vocabulary?

Saturday, February 24th, 2018

Is your son or daughter preparing for a Common Entrance exam, the 11+, or grammar school entry this year? One of the key skills you need is a breadth of vocabulary knowledge – certainly for the English papers as well as Verbal Reasoning. You’ll know (if you’ve already bought practice papers) that the level of vocabulary required is quite […]

Ready to take on the 11+ competition?

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

Is your child sitting an entrance exam or the 11+ in the next year? Chances are that you are worried about whether your child will get a place or not? It’s common. With fierce competition to get into top selective grammar and independent schools across Manchester and Cheshire, it’s essential to do a little homework into […]

Is Your Child ready for the Trafford Grammar School Exams?

Monday, June 12th, 2017

With just 9 weeks to go until the exams themselves – and application deadlines looming – this is the best time of year to step up a gear with grammar school entry planning. What is important at this stage? Knowing which schools set which exams. Need-to-know School Entry Facts Urmston, Stretford and Sale Grammar schools – […]

When should you start studying for grammar school entry?

Monday, June 6th, 2016

Is your child sitting the exams for 2017 entry into Manchester or Cheshire grammar schools in September? If so, it’s a great idea to start getting your child: Familiarised with the range of questions if sitting verbal and non-verbal reasoning papers Practising exam technique for some of the more challenging types of questions Testing themselves with practice papers to […]

Is Your Child Cut Out for Grammar School?

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

The summer term is a busy time of year across Manchester and Cheshire as local grammar schools host open evenings for 2017 entry. It’s a fantastic opportunity for parents and children to have a ‘taster’ of local Trafford schools such as Altrincham Grammar, Sale, Urmston and Stretford… During opening evenings, you can chat to teachers and current […]

What is Verbal Reasoning?

Monday, March 7th, 2016

If sitting the 11 or 13 plus exam (for 2017 entry) in the Manchester area, you need a brilliant grasp of verbal reasoning. Verbal reasoning, in short, is word and language problem solving. That means you could be tested on vocabulary knowledge, grammar, spelling and word usage. That’s just for starters. A verbal reasoning paper also […]

Countdown to the Eleven Plus exam starts now!

Monday, August 24th, 2015

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 […]

Can you prep for the CEM Eleven Plus exams?

Monday, June 29th, 2015

You might not know, but many local Manchester and Cheshire Grammar schools have switched to CEM/Durham style entrance exams. This means that if you are applying to sought after schools such as Altrincham Grammar School for Girls (AGSG) and Altrincham Boys Grammar (AGSB), it’s important to know what your son or daughter can expect in September. […]

How to Beat Exam Stress

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Does exam pressure worry you? An NUT survey revealed that children in Year 2 upwards are getting more exam stressed than ever before – with some avoiding school all together! How can you help your child overcome exam nerves? Whether sitting SATs, Entrance tests, GCSEs or A Levels, why not try these practical tips: Get […]

How to choose a secondary school

Monday, October 20th, 2014

If you are one of hundreds of parents across Manchester and Cheshire choosing a secondary school for your child, you’ll know it can be a tough decision. Nowadays, it’s not just a case of proximity. Although how near you live to the school gates is often an admissions criteria important to consider. With organised open […]