Different schools do different subjects. So, how do you decide which subjects your child needs to study? For example, if the main school you are hoping for is Kendrick Girls’ School which only has exams in verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning do you need to study maths?
At this point in the year, I think it is too early to narrow your options. At this point everyone should be doing all of:
- verbal reasoning
- non-verbal reasoning
Why? For two main reasons. Firstly, over the last couple off years, there have been a number of schools which have changed the exams that they use – and not with a lot of months notice. If you had only been preparing for the exams that they have used previously; you will suddenly be in a state of panic and not prepared for what will actually be needed. A previous post called 11 plus in a state of flux outlines the myriad of changes that occurred last year.
Secondly, if at all possible, children should sit for more than one exam. We all sometimes have bad days. If the bad day is on an exam day and its the only one they are sitting – the result is a disaster. If however, they are sitting more than one, then the pressure is diffused and they are unlikely to have a bad day on the day of all their exams. Also, even if the second is at a school you are not sure that you could feasibly choose, if you decide to appeal you will then have evidence that they really are capable of passing an eleven plus exam.
However, later in the year, when the schools have published their admission information, my answer changes. At that point, your child has the general grounding, and it is important to focus on the exam(s) your child is actually sitting.