August 24, 2016

11 + Examination – Parent Guide.

Preparation and Practice the key to achieving  best results.

Are you prepared?

In the 11+ exam, children are deliberately put under time pressure. This helps schools distinguish the good candidates from the best candidates.

When a student is first starting out their preparations for the exam, it is a good idea to focus on their accuracy and understanding.

By now your child should have their accuracy and understanding of the exam perfected, and should be continuously working on their time management skills so they are able to complete the exam within the time frame.

Speed + Accuracy = Success –  Pastor Joe Kerson

What will you do on the day

To ensure the test day runs as smoothly as possible, as a parent you need to be sure of these:

  • Facing the test
    • Where the test is and how to get there
    • What time the test starts and what time you need to arrive by.
    • What they’ll need to bring (pencils, etc) or whether everything is provided for them.
    • Make sure your child is as relaxed as possible the night before the test, and that they get a good night’s sleep.

It’s best to talk them through the arrangements for the test day so they know what will happen, and will feel more relaxed.


11+ is not the be all and end all

If you don’t get the place at a school you’ve applied to, you’ll be told why your child has been unsuccessful, and how and when to lodge an appeal against the decision.

You might be offered a place on a waiting list for your preferred school in case a space appears.

Accept the place you have been offered even if you’re going for appeal – it means that your child will definitely have a place at a school in September, and won’t affect the appeal.

Although you want your child to do well, it is important to stress that 11+ exams are not the be all and end all. This way if they do not achieve their desired result, they can learn from their mistakes and move on to correct them in future exams, rather then dwelling on the 11+ and becoming upset.

Going to appeal

If you do choose to appeal, your case will be considered by an appeal panel, and you might have to appear at an appeal hearing. The following things might improve your chances of being successful in an appeal.

  • Was your child very close to the pass mark?
  • The closer they were, the higher the chance of your appeal succeeding.
  • Were there any extenuating circumstances surrounding the test?

It is best if you can provide evidence of these circumstances – collect it at the time of the test, just in case.

  • Can you provide strong academic evidence that your child is suitable for grammar school?
  • g. evidence that they’re working at a level above average for their age group

 Have you a back up plan?

There is a chance that your child won’t score highly enough in the 11+, so have a backup plan.
Put down at least one non-selective school that your child could go to, and where they’re likely to get a place. (Make sure to check the school’s admissions criteria carefully to make sure)

With only a couple of weeks left to the exam, are you prepared?

Once the 11+ examination is over, you have to think of the SATs examinations. ITS Bookworms also offers tutoring in all three SAT exams, spread over the course of the year. Register with us now either online, or in one of our branches to ensure your chid has a definite spot in one of our classes.

What can ITS Bookworms do to support your child?

  • Make sure they are prepared for the exam with our intensive tutorial sessions leading up to the exam, including honest evaluation of your child’s progress throughout.
  • Talk through and offer advice on what schools they have selected, and help them decide on a good back up school.
  • Support and encourage your child throughout the process, lending them an ear to listen if they have worries, and making sure they are fully confident going into the exam.

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