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Common areas of difficulty for the 11+ Exam


Here are five of the most challenging sub-topics your Child could face on their 11+ exam. These areas are notorious for costing children marks so ensuring your child is comfortable tackling them as soon as possible will really help them secure a top score.

1. Algebra

Algebra first features as a Subheading on the National Curriculum under the Year 6 programme of Study. With your Child’s exam coming up at the beginning of Year 6, starting to go beyond the foundations of Algebra now will not only help your child score higher on this topic against other students, but it will also give them a headstart in a topic that will form an increasingly large part of the Maths’ curriculum up to GCSE level and beyond.

2. Following Folds

The ability to solve Non-Verbal reasoning questions like the one below come naturally to some students. However, for some, it is a topic that can prevent them from gaining a top-level score. It may be a cliche but just like learning to tie your shoelaces, after being initially introduced to spatial reasoning topics like this, it is best to attempt questions repeatedly until it clicks and the logic behind it makes sense.

3. Comprehension - Inference

Being a strong reader is vital for any entrance exam. Reading challenging texts will increase spelling and vocabulary alongside improving their comprehension abilities. When it comes to comprehension, however, ‘Inferring’ tends to be among the trickiest subtopics as it requires students to form their conclusions based on contextual evidence from the text.

4 . Worded Problems

Worded Problems are infamous for costing Children marks on 11 plus maths papers. Often the last sentence switches what you think the question is asking you. Ensuring your child is aware of this from the get-go and that they are comfortable converting a worded question into a numerical sum will mean that your child will pick up marks where a vast majority of their peers will be dropping them.

5. Cubes and Nets

Another one of non-verbal reasoning’s stickiest areas. Questions involving Cubes and Nets continue to prove one of the areas that children struggle with most. Helping your child begin to visualise the nets and cubes as real-world entities will aid tremendously in their ability to answer the questions. When practising this topic, you may wish to give your Child a real-life object like a dice or Rubix cube to support this visualisation.

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