Dr Jalal wrote:
Personally I feel that both BV and KEG tests should include an element of essay writing in their respective tests as this would clearly demonstrate which children had a flair for writing and those that know how to use their vocabulary in the correct context....does anyone agree or disagree?
From a selfish point of view I should agree with you. Though merely a 'reasonable candidate' in the 11plus exams my son's persuasive and creative writing is outstanding. It also seems ridiculous to not test ability in a skill which is so essential throughout the rest of the child's education.
In the end though I can't see how to make it meaningful and fair. How do you stop candidates, perhaps with no actual talent in this area, memorizing a few likely essays and crowbarring them into whatever question gets asked?
Personally I'm much more inclined to grammar tests that favour specific test preparation to the least extent possible. I'm particularly alarmed by the subject you say Handsworth grammar set – predictable, or what
I do hope that your son's enjoying the 11plus experience and that, whatever the results, everything works out for the best.