HOW TO PASS 11-PLUS TESTS
The 11-plus test, or Eleven Plus as it is also known, is used in the United Kingdom and is a test taken by pupils in the final year of primary education. The test is used as a tool to decide which school you will attend during secondary school education. The name is so called 11-plus simply because it determines the educational future of pupils after the age of eleven.
The 11 plus exam used to be used by all school across the United Kingdom; however, it is now only used by a number of educational establishments and counties.
How to pass the 11 plus exam
Aiming to get a place at one of the 164 grammar schools in England or 69 in Northern Ireland?
The key to passing the 11 plus exam is practice, practice and more practice. This is the reason that there are hundreds of questions available for you to practice here and help build your confidence towards passing the 11 plus mathematics exam. Below are some tips to help you with the 11 plus exam:
- Make sure you fill in the front cover and enter all your details neatly and carefully.
- Check the amount of time you have to finish the test and work quickly and accurately.
- If you have not completed all questions and you are getting close to the end of the test aim to complete the higher mark questions rather than questions that are worth less marks.
- If you are struggling with a particular question take the time to think through it logically and if you still can’t answer it then move on and come back to it when you have finished all the other questions.
- Read the question very carefully and do not assume it is the same question as the one you were trying as a practice question at home simply because it looks similar!
- Show all working out and write down all the steps taken to get to the answer as there will be marks for working out.
- Try to make the examiners life as easy as possible. If the examiner cannot read your writing or it is not neat enough you will most likely lose marks.
- If you have time at the end of the exam use this time to have a look through your answers.
- In the mathematics paper ensure you use the correct units for the question and if converting units ensure that you use the correct conversion.
- Lastly relax and try not to get nervous – this will not achieve anything apart from making you lose concentration.
11+ mathematics exam
There are many different areas covered in the Mathematics exams and many are not taught in the primary school system. In addition to the 4 rules of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, here is a general list of topics covered:
- Metric system
- Prime numbers
- Prime factors
- Highest common factor and lowest common multiple
- Perimeter and Area ( Squares, Rectangles, Compound Shapes)
- Distance, Speed and Time
- Column graphs
- Pie charts
- Angle calculations
- Reflection and Rotation
- Simple ratio
- Volume of cube and cuboids
- Simple probability
- Nets of shapes
- Sequences and number patterns
- Marking and interpreting scales
SAMPLE 11 plus mathematics exam questions
If x=7 and y=3 work out 3xy
What is the next number in the sequence?
17 12 7 2 _
Simplify 2a – 3b + c +7b +5c
a) 2a+4b – 4c
c) 2a +4b+6c
e) 4a+ 6b+ 9c
Change 5 litres into ml
a) 5000 ml
b) 500 ml
c) 0.5 ml
d) 50 ml
e) 0.05 ml
For more practice on the 11 plus mathematics exam try the practice tests available here. At the end of each test you take online you will be given your score and shown which questions you got wrong. The key to succeeding in the 11 plus exam is to review where you went wrong and not to make the same mistake in the real exam!