Becky Pengilly  

11+ Tutor

FIRST COURSE – 2018

          (For pupils sitting their 11+ in September 2019)YEAR

Group 1 – Burnham Library

Tuesdays  5:00 – 6:30

September 25th

October 2nd – 9th – 16th  

(Half-term break)

October 30th

November – 6th – 13th – 20th – 27th

December 4th


Group 2 – Burnham Library

Wednesdays  4:00 – 5:30

September 26th

October 3rd – 10th – 17th

(Half-term break)

October 31st

November 7th – 14th – 21st – 28th

December 5th


Group 3 – Burnham Library

Wednesdays  5:30 – 7:00

September 26th

October 3rd – 10th – 17th

(Half-term break)

October 31st

November 7th – 14th – 21st – 28th

December 5th


COURSE FEE: £275 plus £15 for published materials. Total: £290.



First Course

This First Course is designed as an introduction for pupils who will be sitting their Buckinghamshire GL Assessment 11+ examination in September 2019.


The ten-week familiarisation course is vibrant and exciting.  My intention is to teach a range of skills whilst gradually assessing pupils' ability in the following areas:


     1.     English

     2.     Verbal Reasoning

     3.     Mathematics

     4.     Non-verbal Reasoning

     5.     Spatial Awareness


I use a range of techniques and activities to enhance learning. These include independent study with adult guidance; working with a partner; mathematical and vocabulary quizzes as well as a wide range of word games that provide my pupils with an outstanding vocabulary.


Finally, at the end of the course, a Mock 11+ Paper with GL Assessment type questions will be offered. This provides feedback to parents on pupils' strengths as well as areas to develop. Together we can decide if the 11+ examination is the right route for your son or daughter at this stage of their educational development.  


During the Extension course - beginning January 2019 – I hone in on the 'boost' areas that have been identified for individual pupils.


What your son or daughter will be introduced to during the First Course in September 2019.


                      English

Comprehension skills:

     Accurate reading of text.

     How to highlight or underline only key words or phrases in a sentence.

     Recognising the difference between direct and inference questions.


Technical Skills:

     ïSentence structure and grammar.

     ïExtension of vocabulary.


                    Verbal Reasoning


     ïQuestion types:  B, D, E, F, H, J, M (Including antonyms and synonyms).



                    Mathematics


Short questions:

     Basic Algebra.

     Prime, square and cubed numbers, square root, factors and multiples.

     Mathematical vocabulary.


Longer problem solving questions:

     Data handling including introduction to Pie-charts. Multi-step problem solving.

     Reading a table of money information accurately to solve questions.

     Money and percentages.

     Reading timetables. Digital time.


     Non-verbal Reasoning (NVR) -  including Spatial Awareness


•  Creating a personal mind map as a memory jogger of things to look for in NVR. 

   For example:  rotation – shape – size – borders – shading - mirror image  -  pattern -   number  - angle -  position.


•  Introduction to some types of NVR questions such as:

   Matrices  -  Sequences  -  Similarities  -  Odd one out  -  Series  -  Analogies

   2D views of 3D shapes.