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These stepped worksheets will help you practice single topic areas in preparation for the AQE and GL transfer tests. Bookmark this page and come back when you have identified a problem area, or just to keep up-to-speed on a certain topic as you get closer to November.
Basic Skills are what maths teachers call “number” – adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing and so on. In Steps 2 and 3, these basic skills are set “in context”, so candidates must begin to work out a method as well as a solution. Typically, these higher level Numeracy skills require some Literacy skills to interpret the question properly.
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|Quick Multiplication worksheet – test your child’s mental multiplication skills in the 6s, 7s and 8s times tables.|
|Midpoint of two numbers – to find the middle of two numbers, add them and divide by two.|
|Dividing Large Numbers worksheet – with divisors of 2,3,4 and 5 only and no remainders.|
|Function Machines – An equation, such as y = 2x + 3 can be represented by the rule of a function machine. Understanding equations is essential for GCSE Maths so younger students are introduced to function machines at the end of KS2 – and they will appear on the AQE and GL transfer tests.|
|Arithmetic Questions in Words – here are some basic arithmetic questions that are made trickier by presenting the numbers in words.|
|Factors & Multiples – Factors and multiples form many quick, and seemingly easy, questions in the transfer tests. What they really tease out is times-tables knowledge. If you are at all shaky on your tables, you might find these challenging. Here is an entire worksheet of factors and multiples questions.|
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In the past, students lived in a world where fractions were much more commonplace. People would regularly refer to three-quarters of a pound of … and three eighths of a inch of …
Nowadays, we rarely use fractions in everyday life but students are still expected to recognise and manipulate them. Pizzas are a good prop for discussions surrounding fractions: next pizza night show your child how one half equals two quarters equals four eighths. And then eat some pizza.
|Fractions of Amounts 1 – one over something of different amounts. Solved by just dividing by the lower number of the fraction [the demoninator].|
|Fractions of Amounts 2 – [You’ll find it just below worksheet 1.] This time divide by lower number [the denominator] and multiply by the upper number [the numerator].|
|Equivalent Fractions 1 – Sometimes you will be asked whether two fractions have the same value (like 1/2 and 2/4) of if one fraction is more than or less than another.|
Area is a measure of two-dimensional size and Volume is a measure of three-dimensional size. You are expected, in the transfer test, to be able to calculate area by counting squares but also by multiplying the sides of a rectangle. You calculate the volume of a cuboid (a three-dimensional rectangle) by multiplying three sides together.
|Areas of Shapes by Counting Squares – Areas of shapes is popular on the transfer tests. The most basic of these can be solved by counting 1cm2 grids like in this worksheet so make sure that your child can answer these as a starting point.|
|Areas of Shapes by Multiplying the Sides – Finding areas of squares, rectangles and triangles by multiplication.|
|Perimeters of simple shapes – Worksheet to calculate the perimeters of some simple shapes including triangles and hexagons.|
|Perimeters of Compound Shapes – Compound shapes are complicated 2-d shapes made up from other 2-d simple shapes – like two rectangles stuck together for example. In these questions, you will be given some (but usually not all) of the side lengths so you must work out all the missing sides and then add them together to get the perimeter.|
|Volumes of 3-D Shapes – Volumes of cubes and cuboids is popular on the transfer tests. Calculate these by multiplying l x b x h.|
|Volumes in real life – Real life situations involving volumes can be challenging to pupils who find it difficult to picture the question in their mind’s eye. These questions, however, often only involve some simple division or multiplication and a bit of common sense.|
Statistics in the transfer test is limited to the use of some averages (AQE is only mean and range but PPTC(GL) also includes median and mode) and some statistical charts (like bar charts, pictographs and so on).
|Pictograms / Pictographs – A pictogram (or pictograph) is a chart that uses pictures to represent data. Sign up to our Parents’ List to get this first.|
|Four types of Average – Introductory worksheet on the four types of Average used in KS2 Maths.|
|Applied averages worksheet – Applied problems involving mean, mode, median and range for the GL test (also useful for AQE but remember that this only examines mean and range).|
Time questions on the transfer test are often simple adding or subtracting problems, but made more challenging by being set in the context of time or date. The challenge comes from the fact that our time system is not in the slightest bit decimal – we have 60 seconds in 1 minute, 24 hours in one day, 7 days in one week and varying amounts of days in any given month.
|Adding times – Have you ever thought about how non-decimal our system of time is? This worksheet will help you brush up on adding times, remembering to carry on 60.|
|Subtracting times – Subtraction is particularly tricky when it comes to time calculations because your borrows are not what you are used to doing.|
|Time Calculations set in context – Time calculations framed in the context of real-life situations.|
|Simple Day & Date Calculations – What day is it 4 days after Tuesday? Try this worksheet of simple day and date questions.|
|Date Range Calculations – How many days are there between the 1st of January and 4th of May? Try this tricky worksheet of date range questions.|
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|Number Sequences 1: A number sequence is generated when a certain number is repeatedly added or subtracted from a starting number. For example, start with 3 and add 5 each time.|
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|Visual Patterns: To answer these questions, do not try to draw the required pattern out. The key is to answering these is to spot how many matches are added each time and then continue the pattern that way.|
Geometry is one of those old-fashioned maths words, like algebra and calculus, which are a bit off-putting for most people. The word geometry comes from ancient Greek, meaning the measurement (-metry) of land (Geo-). The Greek pharaohs used maths to calculate how much tax their farmers would pay based on how large their fields where, which required the measurement of two-dimensional space. Today, Geometry is the branch of maths involving shape and space.
|Identifying Quadrilaterals – Can you name all the common four sided shapes?|
|Line Symmetry 1 & 2 – Two worksheets on line symmetry.|
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|Rotational Symmetry 1 – [PPTC(GL) Only] Worksheet on order of rotational symmetry.|
The best way to prepare for the literacy elements of the transfer test, is to read books. It is this repeated exposure to vocabulary, punctuation and spelling that will make the difference. That said, here are some worksheets on specific elements of the topic areas.
|Apostrophes in Contractions – A contraction is a word or phrase that has been shortened by dropping one or more letters and replacing the letters with an apostrophe. In the test, you need to be able to recognise common contractions and replace the missing letters.|
|Punctuation worksheet – Here are a few questions similar to the common punctuation questions that appear on the AQE or GL transfer tests.|
|Homophones worksheet – Homophones are sets of words that sound the same but have different spellings and meanings.|
|L-sound Word Endings Worksheet – Correct L-sound word endings are easy to muddel muddle up. Read our advice and try this worksheet dealing with -le -el and -al words.|
|-ible or -able word Endings Worksheet – Coming soon.|
|y-Word Plural Endings Worksheet – The plural of city is cities, the plural of boy is boys. Correctly spelling these plurals involves one surprisingly simple rule.|
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