General ability tests are notoriously difficult (especially those by ACER—one of the main scholarship and selective school exam writers). In this post, I’ll run you through two questions and the things your child should learn from them. Question 1 Question 2 Got the answer? Let’s go through it… With question 1, […]

# Scholarship Test Areas Your Child Must Ace with Practice Questions & Solutions

Sitting a scholarship test, as many would agree is the most dreaded part of a scholarship application. The exam is hugely competitive with strict time limits in place—as little as 25 minutes is given to write a full essay. Moreover, to be successful in a scholarship test, your child cannot excel in just one area […]

# How to Answer 4 Commons Types of Reading Comprehension Questions (With Reading Strategies)

If you think that studying for a reading comprehension test is similar to studying for a maths test – you’re wrong! Reading skills are very different from mathematics skills so “How do you study for a reading comprehension test EXACTLY?” You can’t really study in the form of “cramming” for a reading comprehension test because […]

# 2 Verbal Reasoning Selective School/Scholarship Sample Questions with Detailed Solution – Christmas Themed

Here are two practice verbal reasoning questions that you can do while on school holidays (and in the lead up to Christmas). Verbal reasoning questions are common in nearly all selective school tests or scholarship exams so it’s a good way to get a little practice for your upcoming test. Here are the questions (below […]

# Mathematics Reasoning Selective School/Scholarship Practice Question with Detailed Solution – Santa Style!

Here’s a mathematics practice question with a detailed solution you can do: If Santa had 1 billion presents to deliver within a 24 hour period on Christmas Eve of last year and this year, he had 2% more presents to deliver, how many Christmas presents would he need to deliver this year? a. 20,000,000 […]

# Numerical Reasoning Selective School/Scholarship Practice Question with Detailed Solution – Christmas Theme

Because Christmas is fast approaching, we’re going to do Christmas themed practice questions. There’s four: Numerical reasoning – 1 practice question Mathematics – 1 practice questions Verbal reasoning – 2 practice questions Let’s start with the numerical reasoning practice question: If the number of toy dolls is double that of the number of toy trucks […]

# 11+ Sample Question 10 with Answer – Cloze Questions and Fill in the Blanks

Cloze questions are my favourite type of question because you can easily get quick marks for them and it reminds me of primary school activities when you used to find the missing letter. Cloze questions are common in the 11+ CEM test so we’ll go through one here and show you the approach to answer […]

# 11+ Sample Long Maths Question 9 with Detailed Step-by-Step Solution

Here’s a practice question in long maths with detailed step-by-step solution. Long maths is in the CEM 11+ exam, but mathematics questions like the one below appear in selective school exams and scholarship exams too. Let’s go through it. A flight to Japan costs £300 for an adult one way and for a child, it’s […]

# 11 Plus (11+) Sample Question 7 with Answer – Word Rearrangement in Verbal Reasoning

Here’s a sample practice question and solution for verbal reasoning. Rearrange the words to make the longest sentence that you can. Write down the remaining word was not used in your sentence. To a of keelhauled change was be but The delinquent captain had pressure the heart So how do we deal with this? Follow […]

# 11 Plus (11+) Sample Short Maths Question with Sample Answer 7

Here’s a quick one to practice on. Remember, just like the Question 6, we want to break things down into easily understandable components that are quickly calculated. So things like 10 + 10 are easy to calculate in your head but things like 456 + 39 are not as quickly calculated. This is the question: […]