I'm new to the forum and just trying to get to grips with preparation for the 11plus. I live in Stratford so we're possibly looking at KES or Alcester Grammar for my son in the future - depending on ability/results! He will be starting Year 4 in September.
I've had a look at some information online and also at the variety of practise books that are out there. Does anyone what would be best to use as prep for the Warwickshire test? I see that Bond do some nice little 10-minute books for 8-9 year olds. I would be looking at working with him on these to start with - don't want to put him off as it's still very early. But is Bond the best for this area? Or should I be looking at the CEM-style books? There seems to be so much out there I'm not sure where to start. Is the Warwickshire test multiple-choice? Are the CEM-style books better suited?
We started 11+ prep with our DD in the May of her Year 4. She had a tutor for Maths & English every other week at first and then during Year 5 it was every week.
We also found the Bond books were very helpful for both English & Maths & our DD worked her way through the series during Yr 4 & 5. We did subscribe to the Bond online tuition & tests but found them less effective.
In Year 5 she sat a mock 11+ exam which was very useful & gave us a rough idea of where she was with the preparation & it also gave her formal exam experience which she hadn't had before. If you pay a little extra, you can get a detailed exam report which helps focus on weak areas.
She did really well & starts in SGGS in September.
We started in Year 4 as we live in Worcestershire & felt her school was behind Warwickshire schools so earlier prep was needed.
Hope this helps & good luck.