A reply to your posts in the Verbal Reasoning section.....you have NOT left it too late, there is plenty of time. I cannot help on the tutoring route, however if you wish to Do it Yourself [ DIY ] then read on.....
Are you ready for this?.......
The 11 plus exam in Bucks consists of 2 Verbal Reasoning, Multiple choice tests. Each paper has 80 questions to complete in 50 minutes. Your child only needs to pass one of the tests, the average score is no longer used. The school will provide 5 familiarisation sessions [covering the 21 types of questions] followed by 3 practice tests.
The tests are published by NFER.
Publishers which currently cover the 21 types required for Bucks include:
AFN, IPS, SUSAN DAUGHTREY [Bright Sparks only, NOT her books 1-7], THE TUTORS.
Shop/Internet bought NFER only contain 15 types of questions…..it is therefore necessary to practice HIKNOS while completing these tests. [HIKNOS are 6 types as identified by IPS]
I would recommend that you start by buying a method and technique book in order to teach yourself how approach each of the questions [IPS]
IPS also publish a book containing a selection of each type. Before you administer your first test, teach your child the types contained in that test using the IPS additional questions book. I also like to write notes next to each section on the test, giving helpful hints eg. on long codes, remind them of the rule. [ this is just for the first few tests ]
Use tests in the following order…..
1] IPS, 10 tests 50 questions, 30 minutes [shorter tests good to begin with]
2] THE TUTORS, 12 tests, 80 questions, 50 minutes…..these come as E papers or in packs of 4 [buy either the E papers OR the packs, NOT both as they are identical questions]
http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/books/ ... p?g=f&p=21
http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/epaper ... =f&c=1&p=6
3] SUSAN DAUGHTREY [Bright Sparks only], 4 tests 80 questions 50 minutes [soon to be 8 tests]
4] NFER, 4 tests, 85 questions 50 minutes [remember to practice HIKNOS from IPS when completing these tests, also need to cross off the last 5 questions, as the real test only has 80 not 85]
Between steps 1-4 use the 2 CDs produced by THE TUTORS, Vol.1 contains 50 questions of each type. Vol.3 contains 12 tests. The CDs relieve the boredom of pen and paper tests, helping to increase speed and accuracy. They have received many good reviews.
http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/cd/the ... lume-1.php
http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/cd/the ... lume-2.php
If you look in the tips section, on the front page of the forum, you can find further help on approaching these tests.
There is no need to start until the New Year. From now until the tests in October, ensure your child reads out loud to you at least 3 times a week, making note of all unknown vocabulary. If you look at some of the posts concerning the 2006 11 plus, the majority of posters, mention vocabulary as being the biggest problem [and I whole heartedly agree]
See the following link, bottom of the page, for my list of words with an explanation of how to use flash cards as an aid. You could also print off the compound word download in the same section.
http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/revisi ... wnload.php
In addition, there are 4 types of maths questions, they are not rocket science, BUT require an ability to quickly recall the 4 maths operations i.e. adding, subtraction, multiplying and dividing. The quicker the child can recall, the more time can be spent on codes [easy marks, but time consuming] Basically if you ask for 8 x 7 you want the answer 56, now not in 10 seconds time, once they know their times tables inside out and back to front [ up to 12 x] then division becomes easy. Adding and subtraction should be practiced using numbers under 150….try making up games, giving quick fire questions in the car, out for walks etc.
This forum is a wealth of information, look around, take note and get teaching! Any problems just ask, there is always someone willing to help.