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 Post subject: 11+ exams
PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2007 12:18 pm 

Joined: Sun Jun 24, 2007 2:27 pm
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hi to everyone who replied to my question there only four months left for the exams ibeen studying my son at home for more than a year does he still need tution thanks

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2007 2:14 pm 

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Location: Birmingham
As always the answer is it depends, on:

1. The schools and exams you wish to apply for.

2. The standard of work your son has been achieving during your tution sessions and at school.

3. If he has taken any test papers is simulated exams conditions, the average scores that he has achieved for VR, NVR, Maths and English.

4. The type of work you have been doing in your tutor sessions.

Others on the forum may disagree but as a general guideline your son probably needs to be achieving a minimum average score of about 85% in something like the NFER Papers(VR, NVR and Maths). Ideally in excess of 90%. The reason being that the pass mark in Birmingham for the KE Grammars is about the 87th percentile and there is some empirical evidence around the country that this equates to about 85% in NFER. The pass percentile for Birmingham LEA Grammars is a little less (but not much)

However, a few words of caution; Birmingham Grammars do not use NFER; the Birmingham KE Foundation Grammars use Univ of Durham 11+ exams - quite different; and the exams results are age standardised which can have a significant impact (good for younger children - not so good for older children)

Check some of the previous postings on this site for more detailed information.

Finally, if you do intend to enter your son for the KE Foundation 11+ exam make sure you do some work on Synonyms in your tutor sessions.

Hope this helps.

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