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 Post subject: Bucks test 2016
PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2016 5:12 pm 
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Good luck to all the children taking this year's test.

Although the prep test is easier than the real thing, use the opportunity to help your child to recognise anything they found challenging about the environment or administration of the test.

Please DO NOT post any test content on the forum, because the same paper will be used throughout the coming year for late testers.

If you wish to share general content for the reference of future parents, please send it by PM to me or Patricia, and only us. We will keep it secure until the appropriate time.

Please feel free to post your child's experiences of the test on this Sticky.

Thank you!

Sally-Anne


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 Post subject: Re: Bucks test 2016
PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 9:27 am 
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hi, my son just sat the berk exam and will be sitting the bucks on Thursday. Just wanted to know from history is bucks always harder than berk or are they normally at the same level?


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 Post subject: Re: Bucks test 2016
PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 7:32 pm 
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All the very best to all the children for tomorrow and Thursday.


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 Post subject: Re: Bucks test 2016
PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 9:00 pm 
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Hi, hope ur kids survived it and the parents!! I won't discuss the contents of the exam but from feedback the times were very harsh and my son struggled with this... Although he completed the paper he had to guess on a few answers due to the time pressure. He found second paper harder and nvr challenging. From the sounds of it... It's near impossible to complete the test on time! Oh well just glad it's all over! Wishing everyone luck x


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 Post subject: Re: Bucks test 2016
PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2016 8:33 am 
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Hi guys, hope you are enjoying life after the test! :)

General feedback from my son:

First paper was pretty easy but second was harder

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The maths was ok he said.

The general feedback from him is that it was easier than he expected - a lot easier than the Harrow mocks (he sat one of those).

Glad some of it is over now. Roll on the 14th.

Good luck to all of you guys. Hope your hard work and that of your kids is rewarded.


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 Post subject: Re: Bucks test 2016
PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2016 8:56 am 
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Oops! Apologies


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 Post subject: Re: Bucks test 2016
PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2016 9:33 am 
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I couldn't get out much from my DS apart from it was "okay", his standard answer for everything. He did say he managed to finish it, but had to guess a few. I was therefore also wondering how others' DCs found it. My DS said that a few kids in his class were being a bit show-offy and saying it was easy, although he added that these were the kids he didn't think might pass (probably based on which groups they are in class?). I just hope my DS has a chance. I seriously cannot gauge. This is a boy who can score anything from a 40% - 75% on a practice test at home. His mocks, done with different providers, are consistently in the lower to mid 60's. He is July born so I am banking on those precious few marks the age standardisation would afford him.


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 Post subject: Re: Bucks test 2016
PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2016 1:21 pm 
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Hi All,

My DS said the same, a bit harder but managed to answer all the questions and had to guess few. Keeping my figures crossed and good luck to all, its a waiting game now...


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 Post subject: Re: Bucks test 2016
PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2016 2:02 pm 
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tropicmama wrote:
He is July born so I am banking on those precious few marks the age standardisation would afford him.

I don't think it works like that. I believe that children's scores are standardised within bands of children of the same birth month. In other words, each child is competing with children of the same birth month, so there isn't a score benefit to being born later in the academic year.

If that's incorrect, I'm sure a moderator or someone more knowledgeable will adjust or comment on my post.


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 Post subject: Re: Bucks test 2016
PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2016 2:04 pm 
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anotherdad wrote:
tropicmama wrote:
He is July born so I am banking on those precious few marks the age standardisation would afford him.

I don't think it works like that. I believe that children's scores are standardised within bands of children of the same birth month. In other words, each child is competing with children of the same birth month, so there isn't a score benefit to being born later in the academic year.

If that's incorrect, I'm sure a moderator or someone more knowledgeable will adjust or comment on my post.


No correction required. You are correct, this is how most schools standardise. In theory there could be no difference at all, between September and August borne.


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