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 Post subject: SW/ Watford exams
PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 9:39 am 
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Hi
my dd appeared for SW consortium test and found Maths very very eeaaaasssyyy..( in her words) and got 20 minutes to recheck the answers, whereas she said that VR (synonyms) were very difficult.
and got the same remarks from other friends at school.
now just wondering why the maths paper was so easy? can anyboy help to throw some light?


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 Post subject: Re: SW/ Watford exams
PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 9:50 am 
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i got the same reaction from my DD and her cousin. Who knows :) but i'm glad as she came out of it feeling very confident.


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 Post subject: Re: SW/ Watford exams
PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 11:50 am 
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In my experience (my son sat it last year and I spoke to parents from previous years) it is always the same with the SW Consortium exam. Last year my son came out saying it was the easiest Maths paper he had ever done (and he did a looooooot Lol) and the VR was harder "but not too bad'. He scored in the low 250s.


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 Post subject: Re: SW/ Watford exams
PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 11:57 am 
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It is now CEM VR so you cannot compare with last year. The Maths is easy so students rush and make lots of silly mistakes because they are over confident.

It is a classical Hare and Tortoise story, those who are wary and slow down win the prize.

But it is hard for those who have been preparing with Habs Maths papers because they are duped into rushing. DG


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 Post subject: Re: SW/ Watford exams
PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 1:41 pm 
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mof3 wrote:
In my experience (my son sat it last year and I spoke to parents from previous years) it is always the same with the SW Consortium exam. Last year my son came out saying it was the easiest Maths paper he had ever done (and he did a looooooot Lol) and the VR was harder "but not too bad'. He scored in the low 250s.


Did your son get into WGBS in the end then?

My concern about the maths paper is that, if it was really that easy (my DS said it was in line with what he had experienced in mocs so not hard but not easy either), there will be a fair number of children clustered with the higher marks. This will place emphasis on getting a high mark on the VR in order to avoid the CI lists.


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 Post subject: Re: SW/ Watford exams
PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 2:02 pm 
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Agreeing with noonynunu, my guess is that the maths is intentionally very easy so all reasonable able children score near the maximum mark and this prevents able mathematicians from standing out from the crowd. It's only the VR score that distinguishes and leads to a simple but effective mechanism for selecting a particular type of candidate. Or am I being a bit cynical here?

nyr


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 Post subject: Re: SW/ Watford exams
PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 2:49 pm 
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2 years back, my son came out of the SW eleven plus exam and told me that he finished maths in 20 mins and I was really concerned. But he he got a good mark in Maths and >270 overall when results came. So I think an easy SW Herts Maths paper is not a new phenomenon.


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 Post subject: Re: SW/ Watford exams
PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 3:38 pm 
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jodeep wrote:
2 years back, my son came out of the SW eleven plus exam and told me that he finished maths in 20 mins and I was really concerned. But he he got a good mark in Maths and >270 overall when results came. So I think an easy SW Herts Maths paper is not a new phenomenon.


jodeep, I'd have been concerned if you DS didn't find it easy given that he was hoping to get into QE. My DS sat a moc with a lot of QE hopefuls, he did very well in it too. The level was significantly higher than that expected by SW Herts, but then again the SW Herts schools are not super selective schools.


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 Post subject: Re: SW/ Watford exams
PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 5:45 pm 
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Nyr, very interesting. If this is the case this year they are going to get a lot of students with a very wide vocabulary. DG


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 Post subject: Re: SW/ Watford exams
PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2015 7:57 am 
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I would agree that the Maths paper prevents the very able Maths students from standing out, although whether this is deliberate or not, I couldn't say. I also believe that it comes down to a child's strength in vocabulary, whether sitting the old-style verbal reasoning test or the newer CEM verbal, as to whether they score in the 255-282 region.


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