Reading Eggs review and how to prepare for AQE English comprehension

Reading Eggs Reading Eggspress user dashboard
Reading Eggs user dashboard

Reading Eggs review

Every year, more and more resources appear for AQE transfer test preparation and revision. If your child needs help with AQE English comprehension or 11 Plus English, where do you start? Read our Reading Eggs review to find out if this online resource can help with AQE revision.

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We decided to sign up for a free trial for our Reading Eggs review, and put some AQE English comprehension revision to the test. Reading Eggs is an interactive, online literacy programme, suitable for children taking the AQE Transfer Test, GL Test or the 11 Plus exam. (It’s aimed at helping children aged 3 upwards with their reading skills). The section suitable for this age group is Reading Eggspress.

Reading Eggs had 2.6 million users last year, and boasts incredible parent satisfaction rates of 99.6%. Scroll on to read our Reading Eggs review. At the minute, you can sign up for a free 14-day trial of the programme, as we did for our Reading Eggs review, just by clicking the link below.

Sign up now for your free trial of Reading Eggs.

 

What English skills does the AQE test?

English at AQE Transfer Test is all about comprehension. Your child will complete four sections of English in each one-hour test. One of these sections involves proofreading a text to find grammar, punctuation and spelling mistakes. The other three sections are all comprehension texts.

Being able to interpret the facts from a text is a crucial part of AQE English comprehension. Your child also needs to be able to infer meaning from a text. Among other things, they should be able to identify the mood of the text, put events in order, infer what might happen next, or the characters’ intention.

To find out more about what is tested in AQE English, click here for our English checklist.

Can Reading Eggs help AQE English comprehension skills?

Obviously, your child does formal comprehensions in school or for homework. But practice makes perfect. And kids mostly love working online. Reading Eggs can help your child with their reading, AQE English comprehension and general literacy. It’s aimed at 3 – 13 year olds, with separate categories within the programme suitable for each age group and reading level.

We tried their Reading Eggs programme for 7 – 13 year olds, called Reading Eggspress. Read on for our Reading Eggs review …

You can use Reading Eggs on computers or tablets. Your child completes lessons on English topics, competes against others (if they want to) and earns rewards towards fun games. Your child can also choose from 2500 online books.

Building AQE English comprehension skills

The most important aspect of Reading Eggs in terms of AQE Transfer Test and 11 Plus English, is that it allows your child to develop their AQE English comprehension skills step-by-step. For children with difficulty interpreting meaning within texts, Reading Eggs gives them strategies to find the correct answer in a comprehension. Learning these AQE English comprehension skills at their own pace is often difficult or impossible in a bigger classroom environment.

How did we get on when we tried Reading Eggs for our review? Firstly, we signed up for their 14 day free trial. Then our student (last year of primary school) did the recommended placement test. This showed what level they should start at. It wasn’t immediately obvious how to take the placement test, but click on ‘My Lessons’ in the dashboard – that will take you straight to the placement test.

Reading Eggs placement test

The test was 20 multiple choice comprehension questions based on a short text. It took about 10 minutes, and the questions seemed to get progressively harder. When we’d finished, we were directed to the correct level to start at.

Did it get the level right? Yes, without a doubt. Our first lesson covered word meanings, alphabetical order, parts of speech, putting events in order and inferring meaning. Everything in fact that was age-appropriate and tested in P7 with AQE English comprehension.

English lessons and skills

Once that lesson was complete, there was a quiz which revised everything we’d learnt and reported progress. Aside from these lessons, we also discovered a section called ‘English skills’, with bite-sized quizzes on, for example, making plurals, word endings and prefixes.

Is Reading Eggs good? Check our Reading Eggs review summary.

If your child  finds AQE English comprehension a challenge , repeated practice like this at their own level will help them move forward.

We think Reading Eggs is a really worthwhile for a child that struggles with comprehension skills. Because they can work at their own pace, they can also repeat lessons that build on their weaker areas. Also, unlike in the classroom environment, there is no danger of your child feeling self-conscious if their skills are weaker than others.

At the same time, if your child is learning more quickly than the majority of their class, Reading Eggs can keep them motivated. This programme moves at their pace and so helps keep them interested and challenged.

Feedback on progress

When your child uses Reading Eggs, you can see how they’re progressing. There’s a ‘Family Dashboard’ which shows you what topics your child has covered, and how they got on. I must admit, this feedback was pretty spot-on in terms of English strengths and weaknesses – literal reading and spelling was great, needs work on inference and text analysis.

The most important thing was that Reading Eggs seriously engaged this 11-year old learner. Partly because each lesson was bite-sized and attention grabbing, and also because of the rewards!

Your child’s dashboard also has an ‘apartment’ and trophy room, plus a games arcade and a mall where you can ‘spend’ your eggs on pets, things for your apartment and accessories for your avatar. This was a big hit. We did enough on day one to earn a dog, and apparently we’re now saving up for a rabbit and a TV! As the saying goes, children and leggings never lie – and this P7 now asks, yes ASKS, to have time to practise his English on Reading Eggs every day! We wish we’d discovered it sooner, as it would have made the process of preparing for AQE English so much more fun and purposeful.

How to sign up for Reading Eggs

Sign up right here. At the minute, Reading Eggs offers a two-week free trial. After this, if you decide the programme is useful, you can sign up for a six month subscription for under £30, or a one year subscription for under £40 (that’s just over £3 per month).

You can sign up more than one child of different ages to Reading Eggs, with 50% discount for additional children.

Overall, we wished we’d discovered Reading Eggs earlier on in the AQE process. In fact, I suspect using it throughout primary school would have been a great boost. It’s a fantastic way of improving AQE English comprehension skills in short bursts, without your child feeling like they’re sitting down to to complete a written comprehension. If you’re looking for a way to improve English skills, without seeming to increase your child’s workload, Reading Eggs is definitely for you.

The programme teaches a little bit beyond what is needed for AQE English, but no harm in that. In fact, that’s why we are keeping going with Reading Eggs after AQE and beyond the 14-day free trial. Reading Eggs is suitable for children up to age 13, and looks so helpful for making that transition from primary to big school English, when the emphasis changes from literal reading to inference and character motivation.

To find out more about Reading Eggs, just click on the links below.

This link will take you straight to a sign up page for a free trial of Reading Eggspress.



 

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*Affiliate links appear in this post. Our review of Reading Eggs was not done in exchange for payment or free product. It’s our honest and unbiased opinion of the programme, based on testing it as a parent with a Primary 7 child. We think you’ll love it. If you do, we will receive a commission on your subscription.

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