How to Help Your Child Master Vocabulary for the 11+ Exams

published on 14 September 2022

A good vocabulary is one of the most important skills for a child to pass the 11+ exams.

The reason for this is simple: the 11+ exam is, in large part, a test of vocabulary. It is designed to identify which children have the widest range of vocabulary and the ability to use it flexibly. This is why, when preparing for the 11+, it is important to focus on building up your child's vocabulary. They need to understand and use a wide range of words, both in reading and writing.

There are a number of ways to help your child build up their vocabulary. Here are some tips to help your child master their vocabulary for the 11+:

1. Get them a good dictionary

The first step is to make sure your child has a good dictionary. A good dictionary will not only help them with their vocabulary, but with their spelling and grammar too.

2. Help them learn new words

Don't just leave it up to your child to learn new words. Help them out by teaching them new words yourself. You can do this by talking to them about new words you've heard, or by reading them stories with lots of new vocabulary.

3. Encourage them to use new words

Once your child has learned a new word, encourage them to use it as much as possible. The more they use it, the more likely they are to remember it.

4. Get them to practice

One of the best ways to help your child master their vocabulary is to get them to practice. There are lots of practice papers available online, or you could even make up your own.

5. Help them revise

Before the exam, help your child revise their vocabulary. Go over the words they need to know and make sure they understand them.

With these tips, you can help your child master their vocabulary for the 11+. Just remember to be patient and to help them as much as you can. 

When using Examly, we provide a daily vocabulary builder for your child. You can sign up and receive daily words, as well as a weekly summary of words for your child to build a wide vocabulary

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