The questions on the Mathematics paper are based on the KS2 curriculum. The paper will cover a range of topics, which may include numbers, algebra, shape, space, reasoning and handling data. The paper will also include a few extension questions, which are more difficult and allow candidates to show their mathematical flair and precision. We encourage exam candidates to have a go at all of the questions even if they are initially put off by the problem solving questions. The paper is written in the style of national end of Key Stage paper, with spaces left on the paper for working out answers.
Candidates at 11+ will be expected to have reached Greater Depth in the National Curriculum attainment targets by the end of the academic year.
They should, therefore, demonstrate an ability to read and comprehend a range of passages, which may include both literary and non-literary material. This ability is to be examined through the candidates’ responses to questions set on such texts. The questions will test candidates’ literal comprehension, interpretive ability, and their ability to use details from the texts to support their ideas. Candidates may be asked about the effects of certain words or phrases used by an author.
Candidates should also be able to express themselves clearly in writing by using Standard English at a level appropriate to Greater Depth. This will be tested partly through their written responses to the comprehension paper and partly through their extended response to one of a choice of specific written tasks. Candidates should be able to produce a variety of sentences and should be able to use varied vocabulary. They should also be able to use basic punctuation accurately and to organise ideas through the use of paragraphs and the way in which they sequence their ideas and information.
The tasks will not always be identical from year to year, nor will the nature of the passages. However, there will always be a comprehension paper of some kind and a task involving some writing of extended prose. Please note, in our experience, girls rarely do well on essay topics which they have prepared beforehand.
General Paper (12+)
The general papers are used to obtain an indication of a girl’s IQ level. Although the English and Mathematics papers indicate levels of ability, candidates are also required to sit two general papers. These test candidates’ powers of verbal and non-verbal reasoning and are used for additional information, for instance when there is an unusually large discrepancy between a candidate’s performance in the English and Mathematics papers.