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Entrance Exams - Does your child need a tutor?

June 11th, 2017 by Sara

In recent years there have been many debates regarding the standard of British schools. We are seen as a world leader in education by many countries abroad but at home teachers and parents sometimes disagree. By the time children reach the age of 9 many parents are frantically researching which top independent or grammar school their child could obtain a place at.

Once they know which school they would like their child to attend the next task is to evaluate their child's current level... Read More »

Appealing your school decision

September 28th, 2016 by Anna Michaelidou

As parents we all know the stress that comes with ensuring our children go to a school that is right for them. And the headache, tears and disappointment that comes with not being accepted into that school.

Well that is exactly what happened to me. After several months in a secondary school that he had been placed I started to realise that my son was simply not in the right place. He was not being motivated, in fact he was being totally de-motivated. There was simply no con... Read More »

The best free 11plus resources

July 28th, 2016 by Anna Michaelidou

The 11+ test is popular with parents hoping to get their child into a grammar school and parents are always asking us here at First Tutors, and our tutors, for the best resources to help prepare their child for this test.

The 11+ examination is taken by in the beginning of year 6 by some pup... Read More »

6 top tips to help children prepare for entrance exams

June 22nd, 2016 by Anna Michaelidou

Entrance exams! Just those two words are enough to send shivers down a parent's back. Entrance exams are everywhere. They are used by some private schools, for grammar schools, for some colleges and selective universities. And many children and students often feel the pressure when they are expected to do well. Children as young as four are taking entrance exams for select private schools around the UK!... Read More »

The Definitive Guide to Choosing an 11 Plus Tutor for Entrance Exams

September 17th, 2015 by Anita Lee

Around about now, many of you will be pondering whether to engage an 11 plus private tutor, or whether you can / should prepare your child for the entrance exam yourself. At, we've taken a look through our data, asked for views from tutors and parents and collated it all here to help you make that decision. Our guide will show you:

what to look for if you do proceed with... Read More »

Common entrance exams – Verbal reasoning tests (4)

January 26th, 2012 by Sara

Use the information below to find which one of the statements must be true.

Circle your answer.

58. Sam, Rishi, Carl, Hilary and Jane live in a row of 5 houses.

The houses are numbered from 20, going up in even numbers.

Jane lives next to Rishi.

Hilary lives at number 28.

Sam lives between Rishi and Hilary.

Which of the following statements must be true?

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Common entrance exams - Verbal reasoning tests (3)

November 10th, 2011 by Sara

The alphabet is given here to help you with the following questions.


Complete the second pair of letters in the same way as the first pair.

Example: A B is to C D as M N is to (O P) 37. F G is to C B as V W is to ? 38. H J is to L N as K M is to ? 39. Y X is to S Q as J I is to ? 40. O K ... Read More »

Common entrance exams - Verbal reasoning tests (2)

October 24th, 2011 by Sara

In the following sentences, a four letter word is hidden between two words that are next to each other. Find the word and write it in the brackets.

Example: The child fell over the stone. (l o v e )

15. The hot coffee tasted very good 16. Let's hide away from him! 17. He was happy on the farm. 18. Is the yellow shape the bi... Read More »

Common entrance exams - Verbal Reasoning Tests

October 10th, 2011 by Sara

Verbal reasoning is understanding and reasoning using concepts framed in words. It aims at evaluating ability to think constructively, rather than at simple fluency or vocabulary recognition.

As promised in our previous post, we will be publishing a few common entrance tests for those who wish to practise for their ... Read More »

Test 3. Common entrance exams, 11+,13+

August 22nd, 2011 by Sara

Here is test number 3 for the common entrance exams, questions courtesy of Galore Park for the ISEB board.

Calculate: (courtesy of Galore Park)

(29 + 413)²

√ 11.45

³√ 1.65

7 ½ divided by 2 ¾, leaving your answer as a fraction.

Calculate: (courtesy of Galore Park)

(a) the area of a circle which has radius 5.8cm

(b) 47 000 x 80 000

Write an appropriate answer for each of... Read More »

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