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If your area uses 2 VR tests all 21 types will be covered over the 2 tests.
If your area only uses 1 VR test, only 12 or 13 of the 21 will appear, which 12 or 13 will vary each year therefore you need to practice all 21 types.
Publishers which currently cover the 21 types include:
AFN [slightly easier]
The Tutors [ middle range difficulty]
Susan Daughtrey /Bright Sparks[very close the correct level of difficulty, use packs of 4 tests, NOT her books 1-7],
Walsh [quite hard in some areas]
GL Assessment packs 1 and 2
GL Assessment, Pack 1 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]Stage 1 - Starting Out
Over a short period of time, teach all 21 types by using IPS Method and Technique book in conjunction with IPS starter serieshttp://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/shop/9 ... upils.htmlhttp://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/shop/9 ... ormat.htmlLesson 1
Teach types E F O R
:: Parent and child read together how to approach Type E from the M and T book.
:: Complete together Questions 1- 6 from the Starter Series
:: Child to complete Questions 7 – 12 alone.
Repeat for Types F O RLesson 2
Teach Types A J Q as above
Start looking at Zs [complete these together, in order to get used to the variations]Lesson 3
B M D H S as aboveLesson 4
U L C N as above [teach the codes in order as written]Lesson 5
G I P K as above [teach maths in order as written]
Stage 2 - Mini Tests
Once Lessons 1 – 5 have been completed, start using IPS 50 question Tests in conjunction with IPS Additional Questions and the Method and Technique book.http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/shop/9 ... ormat.htmlhttp://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/shop/9 ... tions.htmlLessons 6 – 15 complete 2 lessons a week
:: Test 1, rule a line after Question 24, call this test 1A
:: Using Additional Questions [and M and T book if necessary] remind child how to approach Types A B P G. Child to complete Questions 1 – 4
:: Child completes Test 1A alone and timed. Write helpful hints next to each section in red or green eg. next to Type A write "one letter from answer sheet will go for all 4 words." Keep writing hints until all IPS tests have been completed.
The actual times do not matter but it gets the child used to working quickly.Lesson 7
:: Remind child how to approach D R E O
:: Child completes Questions 1 – 4 from additional questions
:: Child completes the rest of test questions 25 to 50 [minus the Zs] Test 1B
:: Always do the Zs together to discuss how to approach.Lesson 8
Types J F I U – Additional Questions
Test 2A Q 1 – 24Lesson 9
Types H C M N
Test 2B Q 25 - 50
Zs complete togetherLesson 10
Types A B P I
Test 3A Q1 – 24Lesson 11
Types Q R L S
Test 3B Q 25 – 50
Zs complete togetherLesson 12
Types J F E U
Test 4A Q1 – 24Lesson 13
Types K C G D
Zs complete togetherLesson 14
Types A E I L
Zs complete togetherStage 3 - 50 Question Tests
Complete Tests 6 – 10 over a period of 5 weeks
Stage 4 – 80 Question Tests
Bright Sparks [Susan Daughtrey]
GL Assessment pack 1 or 2The Tutors, 12 tests, 80 questions, 50 minutes - E papers
[a good middle range of full tests]
Bright Sparks /Susan Daughtrey [packs of 4 tests only], 80 questions 50 minutes..2 packs each pack contains 4 tests [ nearer to the standard of the real tests]http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/shop/9 ... ack-1.htmlhttp://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/shop/9 ... ack-2.html
GL assessment [pack 1] 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] A tad easier than the real tests and practiced tests found in school, but good to practice in the same format as the real tests.http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/shop/9 ... ack-1.html
Between stages 1-4 you could [but do not necessarily have to] use the 2 CDs produced by THE TUTORS, Vol.1 contains 50 questions of each type. Vol.2 contains 12 tests. The real test is not computer based, therefore pen and paper would always be the preferred option. In addition you need a separate paper for working out various questions. However some children like these CDs as a filler in to relieve the 'boredom' of pen and paper.
During Stage 3 and 4 you can have sessions each week on various question types using the rest of the IPS additional questions together with publications such as AFN, Madeleine Guyon, Walsh. GL Assessment pack 2 could be used for session time.
However please note that Walsh use brackets in types I AND G which of course are not used by GL assessment. I tend to cross these off as I do not want to confuse the children.
Do not start until the New Year, between now and then [and for the rest of year 5] ensure your child reads out aloud to you at least 3 times a week, making note of all unknown vocabulary. Vocabulary is without a doubt the biggest problem area. Codes and Maths can be rote learnt. Seeing words out of context will always throw children.
See the following link, for my list of words with an explanation of how to use flash cards as an aid. In addition there is my list of compound words [with games]http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/assets ... tricia.pdfhttp://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/assets ... tricia.pdf
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.