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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 4:34 pm 
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DS sitting for Olaves in 2015. Wondering if anyone could shed some light on the NC levels required at the start of y5 to give DS (and me) some hope that he may have a fighting chance ...


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 10:12 pm 
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We went to the open day this year. Asked the math teacher about the test and was told that NC 4 for Math is sufficient. There is a sample paper on their website.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 11:07 am 
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No disrespect, but those that actually get in are generally way above NC 4. Those I know of were 5b Maths at end of year 5 or 5c with a summer spent doing a lot of extra work. The sample paper is not a whole paper I understand and there are a few questions beyond that to test them.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 5:01 pm 
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My son took the test in Sept. According to him, math was not difficult. In fact, it was very much like the sample paper on their website. Not multiple choice format and he had to show his working at the side. The English paper, however, was a tricky one. An hour to read the passage & answer the questions and also write an essay based on the passage.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 7:39 pm 
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My recollection based on 2 DSs who passed the Olave's test some years ago is that the calculations required aren't that difficult, it's knowing how to use and apply them to the given problem.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 10:31 pm 
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Thanks so much for the replies. Any thoughts on levels for English?


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