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What is on the Maths syllabus and how can you prepare your child for the exam? Read on for everything you need to know and our top tips.
With the 11 plus Maths exam covering the entire Year 6 Maths syllabus, an early start on preparation is vital. It is vital that parents understand that their children sitting the exam must know the Maths syllabus.
The Maths examination is usually one paper of 45 mins to 1 hour.
The exam tends to start with short questions testing accuracy of operations which candidates will need to move through with speed and accuracy. Questions will become wordier and more complex as the paper goes on and exam technique will become critical. There will be more tricks in questions as the paper goes on.
The final quarter of the Maths paper often tests candidates with questions they won’t have seen before. This is where children can differentiate themselves and scholarships are won. It is vital that pupils get to this stage of the paper, having banked enough marks and with time to properly attempt some of these questions.
The key to speed in the Maths exam is secure knowledge and quick recall of times tables and number bonds. As a parent you need to focus very hard on this in Years 4 and 5 at school and continue to regularly practice this throughout your school entrance campaign, no matter how good your child is at Maths. Your child will need to work through their Maths exam picking up a mark a minute. It is crucial that parents and children alike realise how fast this is. You can find out more information about this by contacting our school entrance co-ordinator or speaking to one of our experienced tutors.
Remember that mathematical ability will also play a large role in your child’s Non-Verbal Reasoning score. It will also be tested in your child’s interview with mental maths and logic problems very common.
We have plenty of information and top tips on the exam. Get in touch with our team today to find out how we can help your child, whatever stage they’re at.
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