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  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Nelson Thornes; Pmplt New edition (28 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0748784802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340844922
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 21 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Aug. 2014
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Bond, of course, produce many workbooks aimed at helping your child succeed in the 11+ and SATs exams. This is one of the books in the English series, which along with three books of comprehension papers and the various other test papers/workbooks produced by Bond, will help your child to improve their marks in comprehension tests. Of course, comprehension is a difficult area for many children and, even those who do perfectly well at pulling out facts from texts when younger, can struggle to infer things from the text as they get older and questions become less straightforward. This is a fairly hefty read and, if possible, it needs an adult to go through the book with a child and guide them. My only concern about this book is that it tries to do too much - supporting both the 11+, 12+, 13+, Common Entrance, KS3 and KS3 English SATs, it is a little overwhelming until you sit down and discover which parts of the book actually relate to your child and the stage they are currently working at. However, on the plus side, it can be used alongside all the various comprehension books and there are loads of useful tips on how to improve marks.

The introduction to the book concentrates on how to use the book, how it is organised and how you, as a parent, can help. I really recommend reading this yourself before even beginning to use the book with your child as there is so much information contained within the pages. The book then looks at the three steps to comprehension - reading and understanding the text, understanding the questions and evaluating work. Each section is packed with questions, examples and answers are included. However, the middle section also includes two pull out tests, with another available to be downloaded online.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MartinRG TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Dec. 2012
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Teaching your child maths or verbal reasoning is a doddle as you can see the answers are right or wrong and work on weak areas (ie it is not subjective). Comprehension is tough as we don't really know as parents what is being looked for. If this is the case with you then get this book and the companion exam papers. You get detailed descriptions of what comprehension is all about (a bit wordy at times) and some excellent examples. We found our son improved each time as we could look together at the answers. Definitely not a paper to leave your child to read, you will find it enjoyable to work through together.

Highly recommended
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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful By MOS on 27 Sept. 2009
This book gives great guidance in how to really understand why examiners want in comprehension tests. This has given me a lot of help in preparing my daughter for entrance tests. I enjoyed it too myself and learnt so much.
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It's an excellent knowledgeable book.I bought it for my 9 years old for her11+test. I appointed a teacher for her who has been through grammar school too and she said the book is too hard for that age level children and kids don't get that much hard comprehension in their exams.My daughter lost her interest in comprehension soon she did first comprehension. So I had to stop her with this book and gave her a bit lower level book which was bond comprehension for 10-11 years old. She can use this book in Secondary school when she ll reach to that level so no point returning it as books always help them in future.
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I'm sure this book has a lot of potential but it's really heavy going to a 8/9 year old with a short attention span...we are literally wading our way through it at the moment...!
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Well worth purchasing if your child is struggling with comprehension. It explains in detail what is required in an easy to read format. I would recommend this book.
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By Loveli77 on 1 Jun. 2014
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A fantastic book! Very helpful indeed. My son's comprehension was quiet weak but after just going through the first section, I've already seen an improvement!
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Perretxiko on 17 Jan. 2013
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I bought this book because my son who is 8 and a good reader needs to discuss inference and other things I don't know how to tackle in the context of a whole book which I haven't read myself. At least with this book you're just working on specific passages but more importantly for me, the answers are included.
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