11+ English Study Book and Parents' Guide (for GL & Other Test Providers) Paperback – 20 Jun 2012
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The book covers the three main types of test: Similarities and Differences, Pairs, Series and Grids, and Codes. It also comes with a pull-out benchmark test and a parents' guide that includes advice and the answers to the benchmark test along with advice on how to interpret the results and put together a study plan.
I would love to give this book five stars, but unfortunately have to make a criticism. The typesetters have gone a long way towards ruining the readability of almost every main sentence by underlining and changing the colour of words that they wish to emphasise. As they want to emphasise almost every third or fourth word, this has the same effect that you'd get from a student overzealously wielding a highlighter pen on a course text, and it makes reading it quite difficult - so much so that at times you need to read the sentence twice or three times. It is worrying that no-one seemed to realise that stressing too many words as being important can have the opposite effect of confusing the overall sentence. Doing something similar to this on certain exam papers would lead to an automatic markdown, and bearing in mind that this book is for children as well as parents, it's even more inapt.
This book can't give you the answers, but it can very effectively teach you how to use the mental tools that will solve the problems. In many respects, learning to approach problems using these tools is something that will be extremely useful in later life as well - they will make you more logical in your thinking, better suited to recognising patterns - and as such the importance of the test and the preparation for it should not be underestimated or dismissed. I honestly feel torn over whether to give it four or five stars, but if my comments join any others that may be made to the publishers and they end up making the necessary improvement, it would have been worth it.
In my opinion, this book should be bought and used along with The 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Practice Book with Assessment Tests (Ages 10-11).
This book goes some way towards helping them achieve the pass rate you require from them.
The book contains chapters on spotting patterns in:
- shading and line types
- order and position
It also has 5 assessment test and a pull-out answer booklet for us oldies who haven't studied this for many years.
It is a great book that can be used in addition to your child's school work, as a tool for home learning, and as a revision tool too. It can be used in conjunction with the Practice Book and Practice Test Papers.
Definitely worth your consideration if you are looking to help your child(ren) with their studies.
This particular book has a lot of information about what is in the 11+ and the types of questions your child will face in the Non-Verbal Reasoning Test. There is also a useful Benchmark Test which will enable you to see what level your child is working at and which workbook you should start them on. If you already have a lot of experience/information about the 11+ you might be happy to skip this book. However, if you are considering the 11+ for the first time, you will find this a useful read.
The book includes 2 detachable sections: a single benchmark assessment test, designed to help parents understand where their child is in respect of non-verbal reasoning ability; and a parents' guide, giving a brief overview of what parents should expect from the 11+ process (as well as some rather generalised information onnthe 11+ process) and explaining the use of the bench mark test.
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