The basic tools for the test are:
1. A clock that can be seen from where you and your child will be working so that they begin to understand that they need to check the amount of time they have left in the real tests.
2. At least 3 sharp pencils (Your child doesn’t want to waste time trying to obtain another one or sharpening a broken pencil.
Make sure you:
· Talk with them about what they did in the Maths lesson at KLC and help them overcome any difficulties they had in the lesson during work at home and mention it to the teacher who will be able to focus on that topic in the lesson.
· focus on any known weaknesses in your child’s knowledge of Maths
· You will also need to ensure that their time’s tables are secure including division facts
· It is important for your child to understand the core concepts of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, and for them to apply this knowledge under pressure, particularly in problem-solving type questions.
Areas that are commonly overlooked in preparing for the 11+:
· Highest common factor and lowest common multiple
· Perimeter and area
Maths 11+ Papers
Find out how much time your child has before the test. Once you have that information, you can decide how many papers your child can realistically hope to complete before the test date. Any papers you buy at this late stage should be full length, e.g. 50-minute papers for GL-Assessment tests. Your objective is to get your child working at speed from the very first paper, and for them to get a clear sense of how long they have to complete the test. Small rewards for completing more and more questions on each paper within the 50 minutes may prove helpful.
Once you have marked the paper, try not to dwell on the actual score your child has achieved when talking to them. Instead, go through the paper with them to help them understand any areas of difficulty or unfamiliar vocabulary because this maximises their learning from each paper. Your aim is to get as much practice as possible before the test, and the only score that matters is the one they get in the real test.