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Parents Score just 1% Pass Rate in 11+ Test

Relative clauses were the biggest puzzle with more than half (59%) of parents getting this question wrong: Identify the part of the sentence that contains a relative clause. On Saturday the car broke down, which distressed Viktor as he was late for the match. Relative clauses start with a relative pronoun such as who, that, which, whose, where or when.

Pronouns proved a stumbling block again with this second grammar question: 53% of those tested failed to identify the pronoun in the following sentence. Do you like strawberry and vanilla ice cream? enquired Katie.

Angles posed another problem with a similar number of parents struggling to correctly identify angles. Just under half (49%) got this question wrong: What is the size of angle x in the triangle below?


More than four in ten (44%) parents couldn’t solve this maths problem: Cara is saving her paper round earnings to buy a new bicycle. She earns £6, seven days a week. The bicycle costs £462, how many weeks will it take her to save enough money to buy the bike?

Charlotte Gater, Head of Curriculum at Explore Learning, says: "The curriculum has changed so much since parents were at school and some of these terms and questions that they were up against will be entirely new concepts. Even if the concepts are not new, if parents haven’t actively used these skills since school, they can be hard to remember. This is why we have open sessions with parents to give guidance on how to support children with the exams and show them what they can do at home”

Explore Learning run workshops and courses for parents and children to help upskill both in their comprehension and problem-solving skills. Visit the website to find your local centre and for more information about its 11 Plus and Entrance Exam offering.

For more information please contact or 0207 1000 850

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