... my concern is whether my son capable enough to do it? is their a way of testing his ability to pass the exam? we have been in to speak to his teachers and they think he is capable with a couple of areas he could improve on. he's way ahead in maths and loves science hes always reading his reading level is way above where it should be he lacks confidence when it comes to creative writing and doesn't always go back to check his comprehension answers the teacher thinks its down to confidence and not that he cant do it, So with this we don't know what is best to do. Do we get him a tutor to pass the exam or do we get him to try it on his own ability? also whats the likelihood anyone would get into Urmston grammar not being within the catchment area? any advice would be great.
The way I see it, with preparation, he can surely pass the grammar test. Try downloading test papers from the internet and give him a go (just google "11+ math pdf", "11+ English pdf", VR, NVR etc. you'll find loads of sample test papers in pdf. Unless you have truckloads of review materials and most importantly your time to tutor your DS, you can do the DIY route otherwise it's best to get him a tutor. NEVER try it on his own ability, he'll certainly fail. My DS was level 6 in math and 5's in all other subjects and a participant in inter-school Math challege but I must admit that he nearly cry when I first tested him with the proper 11+ test and he had no clue how to do most of the VR and NVR part of the test. Revision is quite a long process as you have so much to tackle but the good news is "all them can be learned".
Details for Urmston Grammar can be found here - http://trafford.gov.uk/residents/school ... policy.pdf
Goodluck to your DS.