The final third of most 11+ maths papers are all about thinking on your feet and adapting your maths knowledge to novel situations. This can mean that perfectly intelligent adults sometimes struggle with these questions. Can you solve this one? (I do a video explanation if not!)
Over the years I've honed a selection of excellent, mostly free, online games which provide a fun way to get better at maths and English. Useful for preparing for 7+, 11+ and 13+.
How much can you achieve in a year of tutoring? Take a look at writing samples from two of my students, taken from over the course of the year, and decide for yourself.
A reading list organised by age and difficulty, geared to expand students' vocabulary and grammar.
The 11+ has changed! Many schools are now adding in an essay writing task to go alongside the creative writing. Read the blog to see how to score highly on these, and to get practice questions.
The 11+ comprehension can be hard to prepare for, but most papers tend to ask the same types of questions year after year. Here I outline the four most common question types and explain how to answer them.
Some quick thoughts about the recent drop in average GCSE grades, and an O level 1968 paper to take a look at.
A collection of past papers for 11+ exams.
A collection of exam papers for the 13+ English, maths and science exams.
The 13+ usually refers to an entrance exam taken by children in Year 8 who plan to enter a new school in Year 9. However, "13+" can mean a few different exams which need to be prepared for differently. Read on to find out more.
More and more schools are requiring applicants to take pre-tests well in advance of the usual entrance exams. Read on to learn exactly what they are and how to prepare for them.
So your child is approaching secondary school age, and you think you might like to switch to an independent school or a grammar school. Read on to get an overview of the different exams and assessments you'll be facing.
At its heart, the 11+ is an exam taken by children aged 10-11 who plan to enter a school at Year 7. The 11+ exam is taken in Year 6, typically in January. However, "11+" is an umbrella term which can apply to any of the following...
Grammar schools are state funded schools which achieve outstanding academic standards while being free to attend. Compared to expensive private schools, they are often an attractive option. Read on to find out about their entrance requirements.
Grammar is always essential, and in entrance exams it is an crucial thing that examiners look for. Learn how to spot these common mistakes, and complete the given exercises to avoid them completely.
What are prime factors, and what can you use them for? Here I explain how prime factor trees can help you answer certain kinds of entrance exam questions. Features 11+ questions from St Paul's Girls' School and the London Consortium.
Studies show that children slip backwards by an average of around 2 months' learning during the summer holidays. However, just a little bit of work can avoid this effect. Read on to see my suggestions.
An interesting spot the difference puzzle - can you see which shape is the odd one out?
In June 2015 students were outraged by this particularly hard probability question. Read on to see the question and my answer to it
Some excerpts of collaborative student story writing where they have had to include a word from their vocabulary bank in each sentence.