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  • The 11 plus examination consists of a mathematics test based on topics taught at key stage 2. Key Stage 2 is the term used in England and Wales’ education system for the four years of schooling before children enter secondary school. These years are known as Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, and Year 6 where students are between 7 to 11 years old. The 11 plus examination is then taken at the end of year 6 to determine a place in grammar school.

    The mathematics test involves all basic concepts in maths for key stage 2, and also touches upon some further advanced topics such as algebra. Therefore, it is important to ensure that your child is familiar with a wide range of concepts. Surprisingly a common weakness for children under the age of 11 is competency with the four basic math operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Although these concepts are introduced to children early, there is little focus on learning times tables ‘by rote’ within the national curriculum which leads to difficulty during questions involving multiplication and division. Practice is crucial for success in the 11 plus exam and regularly reciting times tables will help children to master these skills before undertaking the 11 plus exam.

    Although the maths exam is based around addition, subtraction, multiplication and division it is focused on applying these skills in practical applications. These can include monetary problems, rounding decimals, calculating the properties of shapes (perimeter and area etc), transforming words into numbers, time calculations.... the list goes on. A great way in which to gain experience in all these areas is to get exposure to many different problems. This is done by going through practice papers time and time again. A great starting point is to master the 4 basic skills at key stage 2 level and then apply them to the practical applications. All the practical example questions can be found on the 11plus swot website.

    Here at the 11PlusSwot HQ we have found that the BBC key stage 2 site offers a great starting point to master the 4 topics. From here children can then start to tackle the 11plusswot maths papers to apply their knowledge and develop their skills. 

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