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11+ Entrance Exam Preparation
11+ Entrance Exam
At the Excel Tuition Centre we provide specialist professional 11+ tutoring to prepare children for their entrance exams. Not only do we provide comprehensive subject knowledge but also provide tips on exam techniques including time management. The 11+ exam is a selective entry examination for entrance into some grammar and secondary schools. Within the West Midlands this includes the following:-

The Consortium of Grammar Schools in Shropshire, Wolverhampton and Walsall
  • Adams’ Grammar School (for boys)
  • Newport Girls’ High School
  • Wolverhampton Girls’ High School
  • Queen Mary’s Grammar School (for boys)
  • Queen Mary’s High School (for girls)

Not part of the Consortium but where an entrance exam is used as part of the selection process

  • Wolverhampton Grammar School
  • Thomas Telford School
  • Royal School Wolverhampton
  • Tettenhall College
  • Walsall Academy

Consortium of Grammar Schools in Birmingham

  • Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School (for boys)
  • King Edward VI Aston School (for boys)
  • King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys
  • King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls
  • King Edward VI Five Ways School
  • Handsworth Grammar School (for boys)
  • King Edward VI Handsworth School (for girls)
  • Sutton Coldfield Grammar (for girls)

Not part of the Consortium but where an entrance exam is used as part of the selection process

  • King Edward’s School Birmingham (for boys)
  • Kind Edward VI High School for Girls
In 11+ English there is usually a comprehension where a passage of text or information is set with several questions based on the passage. Also expect questions based on punctuation, parts of speech and English grammar. There may be a creative writing task required by some schools.
Most 11+ Maths papers test the child on all aspects of Maths including the four rules (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), fractions, percentages, shape, area, graphs, money, measurement and time.
Non-verbal Reasoning  
The 11+ Non-verbal Reasoning test does not have any written questions, but instead has logic type questions based on shape, patterns, numbers, symmetry and sequences.
Verbal Reasoning 
There are around fifty possible types of questions used in 11+ Verbal Reasoning tests. These include letter and number sequences, analogies, letter and number codes, odd one out, middle/size order, word endings/beginnings and anagrams.
Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 Combined English & Maths Booster Classes
The National Curriculum is divided into four Key Stages that children are taken through during their school life. For example, Key Stage 1 is taught during Years 1 and 2 of primary school. Targets defined in the National Curriculum are assessed at the end of each Key Stage.
Key Stage 1 Age 5 - 7 Year 1 and 2
Key Stage 2 Age 7 - 11 Years 3, 4, 5 and 6
Key Stage 3 Age 11 - 14 Years 7, 8 and 9
GCSE (Key Stage 4) Age 14 - 16 Years 10 and 11
The Key Stage 1, 2 and 3 English & Maths Booster classes are taught by fully qualified, highly skilled and experienced teachers that are fully proficient in the National Curriculum.

The success of our English & Maths Booster programmes are achieved through practical methods, written examples and bespoke programmes which reinforce and consolidate the child's knowledge and understanding of English and Maths. Our programme of study enables our students to apply the methods we have taught to problem solve and work through questions independently. We create a safe and friendly working environment with no distractions so that students can concentrate on their studies. Our tuition sessions are based on face to face tuition and our exclusively tailored resources.
Year 6 SATs Preparation (and Transition to Secondary School)
SATs are used by schools to assess a child's academic ability and to see how each child is progressing in comparison with children of the same age nationally. These tests are taken in Years 2 and Year 6 towards the end of the school calendar in May. For many children SATs will be their first introduction to any kind of formal testing. The SATs results in Year 6 are most often used to place your child in academic sets of the same ability in secondary school. Our teachers help prepare children for these exams by providing learning and study techniques, practice papers and tips on time management during exams.

After the Year 6 SATs tests, from May through to September, we run a Transition to Secondary School course. This course is designed to bridge the gap between the noticeable jump from primary to secondary school. The course enables your child to become accustomed to the pace of work and rigours of the Year 7 English and maths curriculum at secondary school. Additionally your child will start the Key Stage 3 national curriculum ahead of their school year, making it easier for them when they do eventually start to cover that particular topic during Year 7 at their secondary school.
English, Maths and Science GCSE is a common request from many of our students. It can be a daunting time, as GCSE's represent their first formal qualifications which are recognised by universities and future employers. Students can often feel under a great deal of pressure to achieve high grades in their exams.

All our GCSE teachers have a minimum of a degree qualification in the subject that they teach. .
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