What is the Tiffin 11+ Stage Two Test?
The Tiffin School 11+ Stage Two Test is the second of the two exams that children must sit to gain entry into the Tiffin School or the Tiffin Girls’ School in Year 7. Both schools are located in Kingston upon Thames and have a reputation for outstanding academic results.
To gain a place at the Tiffin School or the Tiffin Girls’ School, children must first pass the Stage One Test. If they pass the Stage One Test, they will be invited to sit the Stage Two Test. This test comprises two subject areas – Maths and English. The papers are in standard format, so require written answers. The English section usually contains open-answer comprehension exercises followed by a creative writing exercise.
The Tiffin schools are very competitive, and their entrance tests reflect this. The maths and English skills and topics covered are similar to those in other 11+ exams, but the Tiffin Stage Two Test has a higher level of difficulty than some other 11+ exams, since candidates who sit this test will have already shown their potential by passing Stage One. Read on to find out all you need to know about applying to Tiffin and preparing for the Stage Two Test.
Dates and application information 2023
The Stage Two Test is sat by Year 6 students in November, after the results for Stage One are sent out. Registration opens earlier in the year, so make sure you check the school websites for key dates.
- Register for the Stage One Test by completing a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) via the Tiffin School website (links below)
- Sit the Stage One Test
- Receive invitation to Stage Two Test if successful in Stage One
- Apply for your preferred schools by completing your Local Authority application form
- Sit the Stage Two Test
Dates for 2024 entry
Registration for Stage One Test opens: June 2023
Registration for Stage One Test closes: 12pm on Monday 4th September 2023
Stage One test date: 5th October 2023
Invitations to Stage Two: around 17 October 2023
Local Authority form application deadline: 31 October 2023
Stage Two Test dates: November 2023 (Tiffin School) or November 2023 (Tiffin Girls’)
National offer day: 1 March 2024
The Tiffin Stage Two Test format
The Stage Two Test is in standard format. Candidates write their answers directly onto the test papers.
The test is made up of two parts: Maths and English.
The test covers key aspects of the KS2 maths National Curriculum.
A rough guide to topics covered:
- Arithmetic – operations, number properties, BIDMAS
- Algebra, simple linear equations
- Fractions, decimals and percentages
- Measurements – unit conversions, area and volume
- Graphs – Venn diagrams, line graphs, pie charts, pictograms
- Statistics – mean, median, mode, range
- Geometry – 2D shapes, angles, coordinates
- Word questions
Unlike multiple-choice maths papers, this paper usually contains questions that involve multiple parts.
This section usually contains a comprehension exercise and a creative writing exercise.
Candidates are likely to be given a passage to read, followed by some open-answer comprehension questions based on the passage, ranging from about 1-8 marks. These questions will test your child’s understanding of the passage, ability to make inferences, understanding of a writer’s style and tone, vocabulary, and knowledge of literary devices.
They will also be given a creative writing task. This could take the form of an image or a written prompt. Children will be tested on their originality, imagination, style, spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Tiffin Stage Two Test top tips for your child
- For maths, make sure you are familiar and confident with the KS2 Maths syllabus, as this is what the questions will be based on.
– This is especially important for the Tiffin Stage Two Test, since this is a very challenging exam. You will need to apply your knowledge of KS2 Maths to unfamiliar situations.
- Make sure you write down your workings out. Even if you do not end up with the correct answer, you may get some marks for using the correct method.
- For English, spend as much time reading as possible before the exam.
– This will help you get used to reading and understanding texts quickly, build up your vocabulary, and give you practice at working out the meaning of unfamiliar words.
– Reading widely will also improve your creative writing skills.
– Spend some time planning your creative writing piece before you begin. This will help you structure your writing and reduce the possibility of running out of time and leaving your work unfinished.
- Pay attention to the time!
– Read and listen to any instructions about timings carefully.
– Move on if you are stuck. This is a challenging and time-pressured test, so it is important not to spend too long on one question. You should aim to answer every question, but don’t worry if you have to guess a couple.
– For the creative writing exercise, make sure you divide your time sensibly between planning and writing. Spend no more than 5-10 minutes planning.
How to prepare for the 2023 11+ Tiffin Stage Two exam
The most useful way to prepare is to do practice papers to develop your English and maths skills and familiarise yourself with the style of the exam.
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