Top tips on sitting your 11+ entrance examination

As everyone returns to school for the start of the spring term, we start to look forward to our 11+ entrance examination on Saturday, 14 January and I wanted to take this opportunity to give you a few little reminders and top tips for the morning that will ensure you are ready and prepared.

  1. Make sure you check your pencil case a few days before in case you need anything else to put inside it. You need to have a black ink pen or good biro, pencil, pencil sharpener, rubber, 180 protractor and ruler.  It is helpful to bring a spare pen and pencil just in case it runs out of ink or the pencil breaks.  That way you will have everything you need.
  2. If you have a little mascot that you want to bring with you, that’s fine, as long as it is not too big. Remember, it has to sit on your desk alongside your pencil case and your exam papers.
  1. You need to be at the Burrell Theatre between 8.30am and 9am on Saturday, 14 January where you will be signed in and given a name badge. You do not need to be wearing your own school uniform but please make sure you are smart and, most importantly, comfortable.
  1. Although you all meet together in the Burrell Theatre to begin with, you will be in a small group of students (probably 15 or 16 in each classroom) to do your test papers. If there is anybody else from your junior school taking the exam, you will be in the same room, so there will be a friendly face.  However, don’t worry if you are on your own as a lot of people will be.
  1. Each classroom will be looked after by one teacher and a number of our current 1st year students who can remember exactly what it was like to be doing the exam. It will be the 1st year students who take you to the toilet, when you need to go, and to refreshments when you have a break.  Make sure you take the opportunity to chat to them about school life – they will be very happy to tell you what they do with their time.
  1. You will have two papers, just like the samples on the website.  One hour each of English and Mathematics.  The English paper (60 minutes, plus some additional reading time) will test your reading comprehension and writing skills.  The Mathematics paper (60 minutes) will test your ability in basic Mathematics, familiarity with simple mathematical concepts and logical problems.  Between each paper you will have a break and something to eat and drink.
  1. The teacher looking after your classroom will advise you when to start and finish the paper and how long you have got for each section.

And most importantly:

  1. Remember to read each question carefully; and
  1. Try your very best

I wish you all “Good Luck”  – not that you will need it – Keep smiling  ☺

 

Jayne Grigg

Director of Admissions