Eleven plus children often have to deal with codes or ciphers.
When the keyboard of the type writer was invented then we understand that many `spies’ used the QWERTY keyboard as the basis for the code.
Q = 1, W= 2, E = 3, R = 4, T = 5, Y = 6, U = 7, I = 8, O = 9 and P = 0.
(I wonder if 007 had to put up with this type of code?)
Some numerologists use the Latin alphabet – where A = 1, B = 2, C = 3, D = 4 and so on. I then become 1, K = 2, L = 3 etc.
Eleven Plus becomes 5 3 5 4 5 5 7 3 3 1.
We then need to add the numbers together 5+3+5+4+5+5+5+7+3+3+1 = 46 and 4 + 6 = 10 so 1 + 0 = 1. This gives Eleven Plus the lucky number of 1!
We also know from our childhood that odd numbers are considered to be masculine and even numbers feminine – though I have no idea at all of why this should have been handed down through the ages. What happens when a woman get married and changes her name? She may change from an even number to an odd number! It is all a bit too confusing for me!
As your child sails through a codes question – leaving you time to contemplate the letters of your name – you may care to consider that passing the eleven plus is not a matter of the unknown or subject to the superstitions of numerologists – but it is more to do with careful thinking and steady progress!