Nature of the 11 Plus in Hertfordshire.

The VR exam is written by Moray House. The Moray House format is slightly different ( using fewer question types than GL) but we would always recommend that children do a preparation route which is similar to that for GL. The reason is simply that it is likely to enhance vocabulary to a greater degree and gives parents some insurance in case test types change. Doing more in this case is well worthwhile.

GL Maths. These papers are straightforward and use a mix of calculation based shorter questions and longer worded questions or questions about graphs, data or angles. Children will be asked to work quickly and so for this reason there is a real focus on having absolutely rock solid core skills. Children who have forged too far ahead and who are working on topics beyond KS2 risk having done so at the expense of not having the core skills required. There’s absolutely no point in going beyond KS2 during the preparation phase. The difference between the good and the excellent in this test tends to be marked by an ability to work both quickly and accurately, a faultless grasp of tables and the four operations is essential. To find out more about the GL Maths test go to our page covering it in more detail.

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