11+ Numerical Reasoning Tuition

The 11+ exam is about testing your child’s aptitude and the importance of a well-rounded education cannot be stressed enough. We at RTG have the experience to prepare your child for the 11 plus exams.

The key to success at 11 Plus is a strong foundation.

Our 11 plus curriculum is completely adaptable allowing us to create a programme that meets your child’s individual needs. It’s all about identifying your child’s current level of mastery and stretching and challenging from that point.

Numerical reasoning a core subject within the CEM based 11 plus tests. 11 plus numerical reasoning is problem solving. However, it involves using your logical skills, as you have to think about which mathematical methods are needed and you need to untangle the information. The questions often use real-life scenarios, making them very similar to functional mathematics.

Unlike normal mathematics, you never know what types of question are going to come up in the exam papers. Although normal mathematical processes are involved, there is no way of saying how those processes will be included in any given question. This means it is much harder to tutor primarily for the exam. Grammar schools do not want a student who has been tutored for an exam; they want a student who has the ability to apply Maths in any given situation.

Also, numerical reasoning skills are excellent preparation for working life. Many companies now use numerical reasoning tests to assess the competency of their applicants.

CEM papers are mixed, with one exam combining English and verbal reasoning and another combining Maths and non-verbal reasoning. Standard Format, Multiple Choice, or a combination may be used depending on school/region. In addition, the paper may quickly flit between a short Maths section, a longer problem-solving exercise, then some logic puzzles. Timings will be allocated to each section, and children will need to carefully manage the time they spend on each section. In CEM exams, there will typically be more questions than are likely to be answered in the time allocated, and the weighting of each subject for your child’s final mark will be unknown before the exam.

RTG offer both group based tuition and private 11 + tuition for numerical reasoning and the other subjects in and around Essex. Our 11 plus private tutors are experienced in ensuring that pupils are fully prepared:

  • We assess your child’s Maths ability to pinpoint the areas that need attention for the Maths part of the 11 plus exam.
  • One of our tutors will then develop a course of tuition to ensure the student progresses to the right standard by the time of the exams. This course of tuition will involve a mixture of syllabus teaching and exam practice.
  • As part of preparing your child for both GL Assessment-examined test and CEM examined test we use plenty of past and practice papers to familiarise your child with the question types in each subject. (Plenty of exam prep using practice papers is also important for CEM, but the questions types that appear in the real exam are much more unpredictable.)
  • We also help children develop good exam technique – encouraging your child to pick off the questions they can answer easily or those that carry the highest marks.

Preparation for the 11+ usually begins at the start of Year 5, which ensures that the pupil has at least a year to familiarise himself or herself with the tests. It is essential the students prepare for their tests, and feel comfortable under working under timed conditions.

For more information

If you would like more information on how we can assist you and your child / children prepare for the 11 plus exams, please contact us. One of our experienced 11 plus tutors will be able to assist. Please call the number above to speak to one of our friendly staff or fill out the form on the homepage of our website.


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