In the Transfer Test, your understanding of Maths is tested based on what you’ve learnt up to P7 (Key Stage 2). You won’t be tested on anything that goes beyond Level 5 of the Maths curriculum.
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Our site is full of information about helping your child achieve their potential in the Transfer Test.
Maths and English questions are divided into sections on each test paper. That means you will answer a run of eight (or so) Maths questions, followed by questions on an English passage, then back to a section on Maths and so on … until you’re finished.
There are four AQE Maths sections in every paper. You are straight into Maths with the very first question. AQE tests you on these main areas of Maths –
- Shape & space
- Data handling
Transfer Test Maths – first things first, learn your tables!
If you don’t know your times tables really well, it will slow you down. FACT.
So, you’ve got to practise, practise and then practise some more.
Practise when you’re in the car. If you learn better by listening, you can get times tables CDs. If you’re musical, learn some times tables songs. We like this rock version! Bit more grown-up than the singalong early years ones.
Use your senses to learn your tables. Try drawing them, writing them, saying them, hearing them (let’s draw the line at tasting or smelling them!).
Transfer Test Maths – get a multiplication square
Get yourself a multiplication square – you can make it on paper or computer, or buy a poster for your wall.
Here’s what it looks like.
By the way, the green numbers are all the square numbers.
We like this poster, as it goes all the way up to 12, and it’s super-colourful.
Practise Transfer Test Maths word problems
Not all Maths questions are written as word problems, but plenty are. You need to read carefully to do Maths.
Take your time to underline the important words in the question.
There’s no point using all your Maths skills to do a perfect calculation, if you haven’t answered the right question. It’s like digging the exact hole you need to plant your tree, in the WRONG GARDEN!!
If you need help with wordy, problem-solving maths questions, we recommend this workbook. It’s well laid out, and although it goes a little bit beyond what’s needed for the AQE Test, there’s no harm in that!
Transfer Test Maths revision – resources we love
Of course we recommend that you sign up for our workbooks.
We recommend other resources that can help with your transfer test preparation. Read on to find out how just 10 minutes a day can boost your child’s test score and knowledge.
Who doesn’t love Carol Vorderman? She is such a great role model for kids, as a best-selling author, pilot, Cambridge-graduate, maths genius and mum. She’s also currently chairing a task force on the way forward for Maths education. An all-round Renaissance woman!
That’s why we were excited to discover Carol’s maths projects for children.
The 10 minutes a day Maths books are a pretty useful starter. Whatever your child’s age and progress, you’ll find a suitable workbook. Let’s face it, persuading your child to do just 10 minutes a day is no great challenge! Take a look at the workbooks here – for Transfer Test we recommend this one aimed at 9-11 year olds.
For explanations on maths for AQE Test revision that are a bit more in-depth, also have a look at Maths Made Easy.
Maths topic dictionary
Looking for a book that covers all the main themes in Maths? One that will keep you right a parent, and maybe provide a little refresher (cough!) on some topics you may have forgotten yourself?
The Usborne Junior Maths Dictionary is a perfect reference for you and your child. Keep it by your side for Maths homework and get your child in the habit of looking it up with any maths queries.
Visual learners can have good fun with maths. We love this magnetic toy for creating your own maths questions –
Trouble with fractions?
We’re big fans of fraction cubes.
That’s because they help you visualise and compare fractions in a simple way. Our own set of these fraction cubes got great use, from early on in primary school right up to transfer test.
Top English resources?
What to check out what we recommend for AQE English preparation? Just click here.