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What does my child need to know for the Maths section of the 11+?

Updated: Feb 18, 2023

Maths forms part of paper 2, and combined with Non-Verbal Reasoning make up 50% of the overall mark. Maths is an integral part of the 11+ and is also evident in some of the verbal reasoning questions. The questions set in the Maths section of the test are far ranging, and pupils will need a sound knowledge in most, if not all, of the following:

1. Basic calculations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division)

2. Decimals

3. Fractions

4. Primes, Factors and Multiples

5. Square numbers and Square roots

6. Money

7. Measurements

8. Averages

9. Percentages

10. Ratios

11. Probability

12. Proportion

13. Time

14. Angles

15. Shapes

16. Symmetry

17. Perimeter, Area and Volume

18. Geometry

19. Tables, Charts and Graphs

20. Algebra

Maths forms a vital part of the skills needed in the secondary transfer test (11+). As the 11 plus is a timed examination, being able to read a question, understand what you need to do, and coming to the correct answer quickly is essential to success. As such, having a sound understanding in all of the Maths concepts listed above will ensure that pupils are prepared for the test.

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