10 steps to boost your child’s 11+ exam performance


1. Create a revision plan

Outlining everything your child needs to revise and setting aside revision time will ensure that they don’t panic and rush revision at the last minute. Leave some time in the calendar to revisit topics they find they are struggling with as they go along. Post the revision plan somewhere visible, and reward them as they hit milestones.

2. Start with subjects your child finds difficult

This way, they can look forward to revising their favorite subjects closer to the exam, and they have more time to learn things they struggle with earlier on.

3. Break up study time

A child cannot concentrate for hours on end. The best method is to have them revise in short spurts for 20 - 30 minutes, then take a 10-minute break and come back. Increase the revision durations by 10 minutes every two weeks to help them develop stamina and concentration skills.


4. Review basic exam strategies with them:

  • If they get stuck on one question, move along and come back if they have time. They can mark questions they have skipped to remember to come back later.

  • Some questions may be worth more points, and they should concentrate their effort on those first.

  • Read questions before reading passages in the comprehension section. This way, you know what kinds of points to look out for.

  • Underline or circle important ideas in the text as they read it. This will help them when they are answering questions later.

5. Let them teach you

Teaching or rehearsing concepts back to somebody is one of the best ways to solidify learning. After your child feels confident in a subject, let them teach you what they have learned.

6. Track their progress

As they work on more and more practice exams, keep track of whether they are improving on certain sections of the exam. Seeing their improvement and seeing that they’ve come far from when they first started revising will help motivate them to keep going.

7. Practice studying in different locations

Take your child to different quiet locations to do practice exams: these can be different places in the home or the library. Doing practice exams in new places will break up the monotony of revision and make the test day - which will be a new environment - easier.

8. Boost their confidence with tuition support

Ensuring your child is on track to perform well in their upcoming 11+ exam can be challenging and it is sometimes difficult to know where they are going wrong with some answers, and more importantly - if they will be ready and confident in time for their exams. Hiring a tutor to come in just once a week to support them, outline where they can strengthen their skills and focus on their areas of weakness can be a huge confidence booster and the tutor will give you a realistic picture of how well your child is doing in staying on track to do well in their exams.

9. Create realistic exam conditions when your child is practicing


If their exam will be in the morning, try to get them to practice in the mornings. Help keep time for them, so they are used to knowing how long they have to complete different parts of the exam.

10. Sign your child up for a mock exam

Nothing can really compare to what will happen during the exam other than actually sitting it. If you can find a mock exam with other students attending, this will give your child the most realistic idea about what to expect.