I dont understand it, as i know she has the ability to do these tests. I think it is a lack of preparation from her school (they dont seem to have covered most of the stuff in the practise papers, so makes me worry about the actual tests).
Can anyone offer any advice on what i can do to help her?
Also, would the scores she has been achieving be enough for a pass?
Any help would be appreciated, i`m new to all this and its been so long since i sat my own version of the test i dont remember anything about it (other than passing way above the required mark and refusing to attend grammar school, much to my parents` disgust).
Unfortunately you are in the position a lot of parents of children at (I assume) state school, often of probably the brighter children, that you thought your child would be OK in the 11plus, and when you do the practice tests a couple of weeks beforehand, you have a rude awakening. I was in the same position last year, but had about 8 weeks more to work with. KS work is not geared towards the 11 plus, and does not cover the questions or subject matter applicable to the 11plus. Even more so this year, with the test being 4 months earlier. Further, schools are not allowed to prepare or coach pupils for the 11plus.
Being honest, 50% in the practice papers is unlikely to be enough in my view, but if you can eke out an extra 10/15%, this could put you in the sporting chance category. you might have nothing to worry about and DD will perform on the day.
But my advice at this stage would be not to work on subject matter, but on exam technique.
Tell DD to pick off all the easy questions first. each question is only worth one mark whether it takes 2 secs (and some do) or 5 mins. If cannot get the answer, try and narrow down to say 2, and mark on paper to come back to. When it gets to the last 1min of exam, just go through the answer sheet puuting in any answer. Do not leave empty boxes. statistically 1 in 5 chance of getting right, and better if already narrowed down.
Do quick questions first. Things like picking out shapes, series, number machines, graphs. If DD cannot "see" how to do question immediately, or it requires a few steps of arithmetic, come back to it (in practice most of the seemingly difficult questions have short cuts, but this is where previous practice helps). If you want to do further subject matter, I would concentrate on percentages, fractions, and decimals. forget algebra at this stage.
Important, skip time consuming questions, and pick off the easy ones: opposites, odd ones out, substituting numbers into equations. Then work on number series and codes. These are easy marks once you have the knack. Try and work off the answer sheet where poss. Once you know the question type, don't need to look at the question paper. And then at end tick through the empty boxes.
Again pick off ther easy ones, and concentrate on codes/symbols. The other question types need either an inherent knack (which your DD may have) or practice.
If you have done little prep. up to now I would do a few intensive practice sessions before the exams. However, you are better in tune with DD and what has already been done, and what she can cope wih.