Hi,We've only been through the KES experience once (a couple of years ago) but from DS experience- the Maths had three sections to it: part A, B (12, 40 word questions) and part C (about 6 lengthy scholarship type q's).
My DS, has decided he would like to sit the test for this school. He was totally taken in and loved it when being shown around. I have told him if he passes we could only afford it if we got a bursary. Bless him, he totally understands and really does want to give it a go.
The problem is, I have been told the entrance exam is completley different to the other (state) Grammar school entrance exams. Could anyone please tell me what I should be looking at in the tutoring area and something about what to expect in interviews?
There was a comprehension paper ofcourse. When DS did the exam, it told a story about a boy who wished to become a member of a gang. To join the gang, he has to pass an 'initiation test'. The boy was at the top of a warehouse, (30ft drop to the ground, and across was a narrow wooden beam). The test involved him walking across the beam and back again.
Some of the questions he remembers suggest that the questions weren't too difficult e.g what is an initiation test? What was the initiation test that the narrator had to do? Who was the narrator’s best friend and give two/ three pieces of evidence? Who disliked the narrator the most– give 3 pieces of evidence? Who was the leader– give 2 pieces of evidence? What were the two things that were stored in the rooms? Which 3 things destroyed the warehouse?
The composition involved continuing the story just read, (story ends with the gang waiting to see whether the boy would take the test)—you are the narrator who’s trying to join the gang which has Razz, (the leader), Tocky (a boy who dislikes you) and Titch (you’re best friend)...continue the story.
We found the CGP's composition book really useful for providing structures for various types of writing (as well as to show pupils how to devise a five minute plan before writing the essay). As for creative writing (it worked well with DS): I had a box collection of nine books containing 'short stories' ranging from adventure, fantasy, ghost, animal etc. We used to go through some of those looking for creativity, atmosphere, choice and style of language etc and then an appropriate composition task would be set for DS.
Re: interviews- our situation was different. Since we weren't resident in Birmingham at the time, DS had his interview on the day he sat the KES exam. It was very casual. I remember feeling bewildered about why he had been called for an interview (as they wouldn't have marked his paper in 10 minutes and therefore it couldn't be based solely upon exam performance) but there were a few other children, presumably who also came from afar.