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What's the best way to prepare DD for her 11+ next year?

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bindies Wed 14-Oct-09 21:09:49

Help! DD is doing the 11 plus thing next sept. She should be OK but I hear that's not good enough. What's the best policy? Any ideas?

bombax Wed 14-Oct-09 21:12:49

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bindies Wed 14-Oct-09 21:24:59

IS it a cd or something?

What about the postal strike?

bindies Wed 14-Oct-09 21:26:00

IS it a cd or something?

What about the postal strike?

cherryblossoms Wed 14-Oct-09 21:52:52

I could be very wrong but I think mn is being targetted for direct selling of 11+ resources!

If I were you, I'd have a look at elevenplusexams - they are a website for home tuition and can give good advice, suitable for your area.

And they're free.

MillyR Wed 14-Oct-09 22:22:37

Go to elevenplusexams for advice on what to learn; they have a good forum. Go to chuckra for free papers.

My DS was not tutored; we just did some papers at home. You need to get advice from an eleven plus forum on what to do in the area you live in.

seeker Wed 14-Oct-09 22:28:10

I'm with you, cherryblossoms.

I would also be very wary of elevenplus examss, OP (if you are real and not an advertizing fishing trip - huge apologies if you are real, and I've got tons of useful advice if you are!)There are a lot of very scary obsessed people on there!

GrimmaTheNome Wed 14-Oct-09 22:31:52

Find out what type of tests the school uses (including whether multiple choice format or not) and then buy the appropriate practice papers from Smiths. The school should be perfectly willing to divulge this information and may even provide a sample paper (DD got one this year for hers). Practice during next summer hols.

If you do want to get something by post I hardly think the strike will still be going on by then - if it is vendors will have long ditched royal mail.

bombax Wed 14-Oct-09 22:33:17

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VulpusinaWilfsuit Wed 14-Oct-09 22:36:13

Funny though, huh bombax, that it's the first post on this thread for both you and bindies?

Yeah right.

bindies Wed 14-Oct-09 22:39:16

Does it make a big difference, "(including whether multiple choice format or not)"?
The postal stuff is me just being a worrier.

LadyMuck Thu 15-Oct-09 10:15:16

Erm the under £5 is a bit misleading bombax isn't it. For £4.99 you get 4 50 minute maths papers which are then marked with explanations sent back. But you could have to do this for 4 subjects, plus then go onto the next level of papers for each etc.

Not much different from doing bond papers at home.

sitdownpleasegeorge Thu 15-Oct-09 13:38:25

LOL -

You'll have to do a lot better than that to catch MN'ers out with a hidden advertising.

"Bombax"'s reply is exactly 3 minutes after "bindies" post. Could anyone really spot the thread title, click on it, read it, compose a witty reply including emoticons and post in 180 seconds ?

Misleading on pricing too !

Pyrocanthus Thu 15-Oct-09 13:56:31

grin

bindies Thu 15-Oct-09 20:07:48

I'm back, sorry but this is all a bit new to me, have I got this right?

DD is darling daughter. Bombax was too quick off the mark to be real, so must be a friend of mine?!? And was trying to sell something. What is OP? MN is Mumsnet, and MN has removed bomdax's comments. Multiple choice or not??

Can anybody help me with my question.
What's the best way to prepare DD for her 11+ next year?

LadyMuck Thu 15-Oct-09 22:51:46

Which area of the country are you in, and how competitive is the exam in your area? It isn't a standard exam across the country.

Do you know what papers she will be sitting and what format those papers are in?

When you say "she should be OK", what does that mean? Again depending on area you would either need to be in the top third of your class ability range, or the top 5% ie the the top or second to top pupil. Are her chances of passing realistic and does she like working?

Jajas Thu 15-Oct-09 22:56:41

postal strike shouldn't be a problem if she's doing it next September grin!

Jajas Thu 15-Oct-09 22:59:05

Ladymuck, I've been reliably informed that you need to be 2 years above average in your year group, does that sound right? (My DT's are a year behind so they don't stand a hope bless them, but it takes away any of the will they be capable of taking it or won't they angst).

BrigitBigKnickers Thu 15-Oct-09 23:11:32

Round here the expectation is that DCs need to be at around level 5 by the end of year 5 in order to be considered bright enough to pass the 11+.

It's a good idea to let them do some practice papers as they need to know the format of the exams (particularly if they are multiple choice)and quite a bit of 11+ maths is not covered by the end of year 5 in state schools so its useful to know those areas of the curriculum and bring them up to speed either on your own or with a little tutoring.

Many would say don't tutor but round here 3/4 of the kids who get into grammar schools are from the private sector where they have been taught 11+ type work (especially verbal and non verbal reasoning) from quite a young age.

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