Archive for the ‘grammar school entry’ 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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Last minute grammar entry changes

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Earlier this year, Altrincham Grammar School for Girls in Cheshire replaced the Non-Verbal Reasoning paper with a new English/literacy assessment. For children applying for September 2015 entry, this decision meant they didn’t need to study a largely unfamiliar discipline not taught across the board in schools. Latest news: it’s all change again Following a consultation […]

CEM test instead of 11+

Monday, March 17th, 2014

If your child is going to sit the 11+ (11 plus) in the next few months or next year you might have heard about changes to the testing.  Over the last couple of years there have been calls to stop the 11 plus because some people think it favours children whose parents can afford tutoring. […]

The end of non-verbal reasoning tests?

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

We’ve recently heard that Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, in Cheshire is changing their entrance test. For students applying for entry in September 2015 (or beyond) they have decided to remove the non-verbal reasoning paper. This decision has been taken because non-verbal reasoning isn’t something that is taught as standard in schools. In our experience […]

The end of the 11+?

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Chelmsford County High School for Girls recently announced they will be replacing the 11+ (11-plus) with a new selection system. The headmistress of the school took this step because she felt the existing 11-plus discouraged girls from applying because their parents couldn’t afford the tutoring required. The new test is designed to be ‘tutor proof’, […]