The GL Assessment Papers will be testing each child’s ability in Maths and English.
The skills assessed will be closely linked to the National Curriculum but tuition supports revision of all concepts, techniques for answering at speed and making those decisions in an exam situation just a little bit snappier! GL Assessment do sell their 11+ papers widely, so your child will be able to see what the papers look like before the real thing.
A familiarisation booklet will be given to all pupils before they take the test to allow them to get a feel of what types of questions will be present on the day. We also use a large range of practice material that has been put together from other 11+ tests around the UK with our pupils to ensure that they are very familiar with all types of questions that may appear.
Making sure your child reads lots of challenging books throughout Year 5 and keeping a small vocabulary notebook to compile a bank of new words they find, helps greatly in building a strong vocabulary for the test.
Some of the problems set will involve manipulation and application of these concepts in what may be unfamiliar situations, thereby testing pupils’ problem solving abilities.
11+ Course Content: Mathematics
As the Maths syllabus within the GL Assessment tests is quite broad, we have outlined the following topics which we will be teaching from below:
Times tables up to 12 x 12
Mental and written methods for all four operations (x – / +)
Fractions (equivalent; finding fractions of a number; fraction word problems; mixed and top heavy fractions; adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals, word problems)
Decimals (ordering decimals; multiplying and dividing decimals, word problems)
Relationships between numbers (inversion of addition, subtraction, and inversion of multiplication and division
Multiplying and dividing whole numbers and decimals by 10, 100, and 1000.
Rounding whole numbers and decimals.
Types of numbers: primes, factors, multiples, squares. Numerical patterns and sequences.
Simple algebra including formulae in words and finding unknown values by logical deduction
Interpret frequency tables and graphs
Co-ordinates (from a standard graph to a cross-shaped graph that has scales ranging from positive to negative).
Mean, mode, median and range
Ratio and proportion
Shape, Space & Measure
2D and 3D shapes (properties, identifying and nets) Area and perimeter of regular and compound shapes
Line and rotational symmetry
Measurement (reading scales; converting measurements into different units and word problems involving measurement)
Angles (degrees in a circle, square, or triangle and find the missing angle)
11+ Course Content: English
We focus on teaching the following English question types during the course of the year:
Comprehension. This is typically a text with 20 questions and a text that is typically 2 x A4 pages in length. They will be assessed on their ability to infer meaning, deduction and ability to reference language terminology and understand the meaning of a wide range of vocabulary. The passage may be fiction or non-fiction and can vary from a traditional text to a more modern-day extract.
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar. These can be a range of questions but typically focus on “complete the sentence” and “spot the mistake”. These tend to be three sections of 12 questions each.
Although the 11+ course follows a clear programme and structure, individual attention will always be given to those students who are struggling on a particular concept.