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11+ Sutton Stage 2 Exam, Mathematics & English » Our Guide to Success

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There often isn’t long between receiving the Sutton Stage 1 exam results and the date of the Stage 2 exams. Therefore, it’s important to maximise your time and prepare your child efficiently. For that reason, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to help you and your child navigate this part of the exam preparation process. 


Stage 2 Maths Exam


The Stage 2 Maths exam is in standard format, meaning your child needs to write out their working and answers, like in an independent school exam.


The test contains plenty of challenging problem solving and multiple-step questions.


Here’s our three-step plan to ace the Stage 2 Maths exam:


Step 1

To simulate a Stage 2 mock, the practice tests in the packs below will prove ideal. They come with detailed video solutions for every question so your child can learn and improve quickly. There’s no need to wait around for a tutor.


These tests are tried and tested. They’ve been used by thousands of students to successfully prepare for the Sutton Stage 2 exams.


The tests will provide your child with invaluable timed exam practice whilst also acting as a diagnostic to identify areas to improve. See Step 3 below on how to address these potential weaknesses.


11+ Mathematics Pack 1

11+ Mathematics Pack 2

11+ Mathematics Pack 3

11+ Mathematics Pack 4


Step 2

Get hold of at least one of the packs below. Each one contains plenty of examples of the types of challenging problem solving questions you can expect towards the end of the Stage 2 exam.


These harder questions often tend to be the differentiator in the Stage 2 exam so it’s well worth getting familiar with the various styles and techniques required.


Step-by-step written explanations are provided for every question.


11+ Problem Solving Pack 1

11+ Problem Solving Pack 2


Step 3

When working through the material in Steps 1 and 2, you may find that your child struggles with one or two topics in particular.


In this case, select the relevant packs below to drill down on these weak areas.


Each of these packs contains 100 targeted topic-based questions designed in the same format as the questions in the Sutton Stage 2 exam. As such, they are an extremely efficient tool to boost skills and understanding quickly.


You don’t need to work through all of these packs before the exam. Just select the key topics that need the most improvement and focus on those. Quality over quantity!


11+ Algebra

11+ Angles & Degrees


11+ Estimation & Place Value

11+ Factors & Multiples

11+ Fractions, Decimals & Percentages

11+ Measurements

11+ Money

11+ Operations

11+ Perimeter, Area & Volume

11+ Position & Direction

11+ Probability

11+ Properties of Shapes

11+ Ratio & Proportion

11+ Reflection, Rotation & Symmetry

11+ Sequences

11+ Special Numbers

11+ Speed, Distance & Time

11+ Statistics


Stage 2 English Exam


The Stage 2 English exam consists of a writing task, which is usually based on a detailed prompt.


For example, in the past, students were asked to read a newspaper article and then write a diary entry from the perspective of one of the people mentioned in the article.


It’s vital that your child reads the prompt carefully and responds accurately. Regurgitating irrelevant, memorised passages will almost certainly lead to a poor mark.


We have two key products to help prepare for the Writing Task. They are designed to develop the key frameworks and mental agility required so your child can deal with the specific writing task that comes up with confidence.


11+ Writing Prompts


This pack contains 28 varied writing prompts covering the 7 key task types known to come up in past Stage 2 exams.


Each prompt is accompanied by a detailed video tutorial, explaining how to approach it and what to look out for.


By working through this pack, your child will be prepared for the various possibilities that could come up in the actual exam.


Click here to view a sample prompt and video tutorial.


The Complete 11+ Writing Guide


This guide is extremely comprehensive. In reality, you won’t have time to work through all of it before the Stage 2 exam.


However, it contains key sections that will prove very valuable. For each of the 7 key writing task types, it includes multiple writing samples showing both good and bad answers.


These are annotated to highlight exactly what makes them well written or poorly written. Working through these with your child is extremely useful as it efficiently highlights what sort of techniques they should try to include and what sort of things they must avoid.


Click here to view sample pages.


The two products above cover pretty much everything you need to know for the Stage 2 English test.


If you find that your child struggles with Spelling, we would recommend this pack. However, if you have limited time, please focus on the two Writing packs as a priority.


Why is it important to prepare for Stage 2 before the Stage 1 exam?


The Stage 2 exam has a completely different format to the Stage 1 assessment. Furthermore, there is very little time available between receiving the results from Stage 1 and the date of the Stage 2 test.


Whilst the Stage 1 exam is undoubtedly important, the Sutton schools place a lot more weighting on the Stage 2 results.


80% of your child’s Combined Score is based on their Stage 2 results.


Therefore, it makes sense to plan ahead and start thinking about Stage 2 preparation well before the Stage 1 exam takes place.


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