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11+ Maths Study Book and Parents' Guide for the CEM Test Paperback – 6 Jan 2014
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A website address on the bottom R/H side of the back cover offers up-to-date information (first image refers).
🚩 A couple of things worth considering, IMO:
The 11+ procedure can vary, so it is worth taking the time to check your chosen school's admission policy well in advance.
Also, individual schools may have a different way of 'working out' to the method/s shown in this publication and I would recommend checking this with the Maths teacher if it is not obvious from your child's workbooks to avoid potential confusion.
This CGP MATHS 11+ Study Book has a handy, removable, 13-page ‘11+ Parents’ Guide’ at the back of the book.
It contains helpful information on the following areas:
✏️ What is the 11+?
✏️ Entering the Test
✏️ Choosing a School
✏️ The Maths Test
✏️ The Benchmark Test (+ the answers)
✏️ Assessing your Child
✏️ Motivation and Attitude
✏️ Test Day and Beyond
✏️ Result and Appeals
Supporting this, generally, on the inside of the back cover, are those aforementioned ‘11 Steps to 11+ Success’, to bear in mind, namely:
🔆 ‘Before the test:
1. Find out what’s in your 11+ - make sure you know what types of question you’ll have to do in the test for your chosen school.
2. Do lots of practice – it’ll help you to do your best in the test.
3. Work on your test technique – practise working in test conditions.
🔆 On the day:
4. Eat breakfast – even if you don’t feel hungry, try to eat something.
5. Take your pencil case – you will need pens, pencils, a pencil-sharpener and an eraser.
6. Wear a watch – so that you can keep an eye on the time.
7. Stay calm – try not to let other people’s nerves worry you.
8. Read the instructions carefully – and do what they say.
9. Use all the time – if you finish early, go back to any tricky questions and check your answers.
🔆 After the test:
10. Relax and do some fun things (after the test) – you’ve earned it.
11. Don’t worry about your results too much – you’ll probably have to wait a while until you find out how you’ve done.’
✔ The 3 P's: ‘Practise ~ Prepare ~ Pass
Everything your child needs for 11+ success'
📝 JAN 2014
📝 11+ STUDY BOOK & PARENTS’ GUIDE
📝 For the CEM (Durham University) test
❅ 'CEM = Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring'
From the back cover:
✩ ‘This study book contains in-depth notes and examples for Maths, tailored to the 11+ test set by CEM (Durham University).
✔ The first Study Book written specifically for CEM
~ With superb coverage of the CEM topics that come up year in, year out
✔ Powerful 11+ techniques, clearly explained
~ Effective, step-by-step methods with practice questions for every topic
✔ Pull-out Benchmark Test & Parent’s Guide
~ Helping you to provide your child with the level of support they need
Looking for more help? The CGP 11+ range also includes Practice Books packed with CEM-style questions, and realistic CEM Practice Test Papers ’
A note from inside:
✩ ‘Please note that CGP is not associated with CEM or The University of Durham in any way.
This book does not include any official questions and it is not endorsed by CEM or the University of Durham...
Based on the classic CGP style created by Richard Parsons.’
I favour the CGP range of guides for revision at all levels and although there is less ‘witty banter’ and the pages are not so jam-packed, this STUDY BOOK adopts a similar system using colour & underlining for emphasis along with boxes & sections to help draw the eye of the younger student.
The ‘Look Inside’ facility above currently gives a good cross-section of the book and what it covers, including the CONTENTS at the front & an overview of SECTION ONE, including the possible layout of the questions.
☀ From Page 1: ‘What’s in the 11+’:
‘Make sure you’ve got your head around the basics of the 11+ before you begin.
The 11+ is an Admissions Test
1) The 11+ is a test used by some schools to help with their selection process.
2) You’ll usually take it when you’re in Year 6, at some point during the autumn term.
3) Schools use the results to decide who to accept. They might use other things to help make up their mind, like information about where you live.’
…followed by information about the subject and the types of questions a student may encounter e.g.:
☀ ‘Get to Know what Kinds of Questions you might get
The questions in your test could be either multiple choice or ones where you have to write the answer yourself, i.e.:
✯ MULTIPLE CHOICE
✯ FILL IN THE BLANKS’
Page 2 offers more information about:
☀ 'What’s in the Maths part of the 11+ Test:
Maths involves Solving Number Problems.
We’ve grouped the topics that often come up into seven sections in this book:
1. Working with Numbers
2. Number Knowledge
3. Number Problems
4. Data Handling
5. Shape and Space
6. Units and Measures
7. Mixed Problems
The book measures around 29.5 cm x 21 cm with quality paperback covers mainly in a BURGUNDY & WHITE coloured theme. The titling follows through in WHITE to the spine area, so it is easy to spot on the bookshelf.
Inside are 100 good quality pages, along with the aforementioned pull-out sections, namely:
✔ The BENCHMARK TEST (at the front)
✔ The PARENTS' GUIDE (at the back)
The idea of the BENCHMARK TEST is to assess the student’s knowledge prior to starting the STUDY BOOK. It contains 36 maths questions from the various topics covered in the book, written in the style of the 11+ exam. It should take around 40 minutes. The answers are on page 7 of the pull-out PARENTS' GUIDE.
The study book is divided into the aforementioned 7 sections, then subdivided into smaller sections, e.g.:
★ Division, Algebra, Percentages, Fractions & Decimals, Probability, Displaying Data, Transformations, Time...'
(The index is more detailed if looking for something more specific e.g. ‘Rhombus’, ‘BODMAS’, ‘numerator’ or ‘nth term of a sequence’.)
Each section has a ‘WARM-UP ACTIVITY’, followed by questions written in the style of the exam with examples of how to get the answer often via QUICK METHOD/WRITTEN METHOD, where relevant or, if not, the way to proceed, e.g.:
❓ Q : ‘Libby divides a number by a smaller number. Her answer has a remainder of 7. Which of these numbers could Libby have divided by?
A) 8 B) 4 C) 6 D) 5 E) 7 '
🤔 ‘There’s no clear method to follow here – you need to think about it logically.’
The book then expands on how to get to the correct answer.
Dotted throughout are useful ‘TIPS & TRICKS’ such as:
★ ‘Memorising some fractions as decimals and percentages will help you answer some questions much faster’ or helpful prompts/reminders such as:
🤔 'Think about the total number of points on the compass.’
🤔 ‘This is a number fact.’
🤔 ‘If the remainder is greater than half of the number you are dividing by, it should be rounded up. If it’s less, it should be rounded down.’
Practice questions have DETAILED ANSWERS, which are towards the back of the book.
(There is no way of removing these pages easily!)
Example of a Practice Question:
❓ ‘A soft toy costs £1.30. How many soft toys can you buy with £14.50?’
The answer, and how to get there, is on page 95.
Pages 92 & 93 are a handy GLOSSARY, followed by the ANSWER SECTION, then the ALPHABETICAL INDEX.
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At nearly £10 it is quite expensive for a book of this kind but if it helps a child gain confidence and feel well prepared for the 11+ I'm sure it's money well spent.
The book starts with a “benchmark test”. This is intended to indicate at what age range your child is operating in relation to the 11-plus requirement. So, for example, if the test positions your child at year 8-9 (aka Year 4), that is where they should start to study. The implication, of course, is that you should start by buying the CGP year 8-9 practice book and/or 10-minute test book, and then go on from there.
This process for selecting the age range in which to start study is described in the parents’ section at the end, which gives a good overview of the 11-plus all the way from “to sit or not to sit?” to “how to appeal”.
It isn’t specified how clearly when to use the main body of the book, but I would think the best time is in the twelve months running up to the exam to check full understanding of all the topics, and give time for remedial action. The practice and test books can, of course, highlight issues as well, but this book would be an excellent recap. What it does not do, of course, is to give practice in timing; you need one or both of the other series for this.
As the 3D shapes topic is my own weakness (poor visualisation skills!), I was impressed to see the way the answers to sample questions were explained, with a series of coloured/shaded diagrams to show how to analyse the problems.
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