Here at Mentor Education, we having been getting lots of calls from parents asking advice about the final run into the 11 plus. We wanted here to share some tips and advice related to the Maths element of the 11 plus so that everyone can have the best chance of success. Parents should remember that the Maths exam covers the entire Year 6 syllabus – even though the exam happens early in Year 6. So you must make sure your child has mastered it. Key areas include:
- Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
The Maths exam is usually one paper lasting between 45 minutes and an hour. The exam tends to start with short questions testing basic mental maths, which your child will need to move through with speed. These early questions are quite easy and students should be able to answer them confidently and quickly before move onto the more complex, problem based questions that follow. Exam technique is critical as students need to ensure they leave enough time to answer the harder questions later in the paper. The final quarter of the paper usually tests children with questions they won’t have seen before. This is where children can really differentiate themselves. It is vital that pupils get to this stage of the paper in time to properly attempt some of these questions, especially if they are applying for a scholarship place.