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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 1:18 pm 

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I have been going slightly crazy reading through threads trying to work out what scores my son is likely to need to get into either SHBS or WHBS following the 11 plus exams on Sept 21st.

If I understand correctly it looks like you would be ok with a significantly lower score than out of catchment ?
That score might be as low as 303 after some convoluted translation of the scores for each paper ?

I've been panicking as my son appeared to have forgotten everything !

However doing some past papers he has got:

English: 20/50
Maths: 25/40
VR: 50/85

This approximately translates to around 313 in the calculation I saw - would I be right in thinking those sorts of marks would see him ok ?

Please advise, much appreciated, stressing Dad !

PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 2:35 pm 

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An in-catchment standardised score of 303 should secure a GS place (last year only 170 boys in catchment passed, for 240 SHSB / WHSB places available, plus the semi-selectives), although as some years have seen one school or the other being particularly popular, the score required for one can be higher - one year fairly recently, SHSB was obviously the school of choice because the lowest in-catchment admission seems to have been 313.

(We are also hoping for SHSB if DS2 passes, as DS1 is moving on for sixth form so I have a selection of secondhand Troy house uniform that it would be nice to use up rather than having to buy all new for somewhere else! We do also have a set of Cecil Jones sports kit, so that would be our first choice if a "near miss" :lol:).

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 2:47 pm 

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A standardised score of 313 in catchment will get him a place in one of the Southend schools.

Take a short break

Then get that VR score a little higher to be on the safe side.

PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 4:19 pm 

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Welcome to the Eleven Plus Exams forum Jim's Dad :D

You may find it useful to have a look at the scores for last year's (ie 2012) 11+ exam which came out in October 2012. Things can of course change but they can give you an idea.


As you probably already know, VR counts for 50% of the marks so as ahap has said, it may be wise to try and raise those a little if you can, as it can be your safety net. There's always plenty of helpful advice flying around and people are always happy to help so please don't hesitate to ask :D

There's also some specific GL Assessment VR tips and a forum dedicated to VR which has proved invaluable for increasing speed and exam technique.



PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 6:38 pm 

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Thanks for your responses and those links....fascinating reading and much appreciated !

Well he did another VR familiarisation paper today and got 58 out of the 68 he managed to get to when time ran out - and he passed over 5 of those so very encouraging on that side of things.

Obviously needs to up the speed a bit, if he only got another say 7 marks out of the 22 unanswered that would be a good thing.

Feeling better already.....more practice should get him there, without being too intense over this holiday period.

Thanks again :D

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