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 Post subject: Tiffin Exam Format
PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 8:58 pm 
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Please can anybody tell me if the 11+ is done in short sections of eg 12 mins per section, or whether you get the total time for the whole paper however you like to do it? This would be for VR and non-VR at Tiffin (multiple choice)? Will it be okay to leave unsure answers until the end if there's time, then to go back and answer them, or is it done in timed sections so you can't go back as there'll no ways be enough time at the end and it's best to just give your best guess as you go along?

Am trying to give dd some preparation myself, but not sure of the basic exam layout! I suppose all the tutors would know this kind of detail, but I hope somebody on this forum can give me some idea....

Also, as it's multiple choice at Tiffin, how do you go about changing an answer you've given, do you rub out and redo answer (assuming you mustn't CROSS OUT and select another)? Do you get a pencil provided on the day & rubber to make corrections? DD always marks her answers quite dark and messily and I'm worried she won't be able to erase them properly? Is this even something we need to consider? Any help or advice appreciated,
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borax


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 Post subject: Re: Tiffin Exam Format
PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2011 2:41 pm 
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Hi - Still hoping for some info on the Tiffin exam format as per original post - or is this S E C R E T information?! :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: Tiffin Exam Format
PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2011 3:48 pm 
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http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/school ... ey-11-plus

looks like exams are multiple choice.

Nfer Format is in short sections for NVR , but not for VR.

Might be worth looking at some GL assessment papers as they will be same format as test.


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 Post subject: Re: Tiffin Exam Format
PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2011 11:01 am 
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Hi borax
exactly the questions that perhaps all parents have at this time .Guess the best thing to do would be to ask during the respective open days ? Especially about erasing answers etc....I always worry that after all the hard work some technical issues should not take away our dc's marks !

Queenma


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 Post subject: Re: Tiffin Exam Format
PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 9:48 pm 
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Hi borax
As you're probably aware, both exams are 50 minutes long with 80 questions on each paper. Whilst they are both split into sections very similar to the equivalent VR & NVR NFER/GL Assessment test papers each section is not timed individually so it is really important that you teach your child how to manage their time. I did this by first trying to get by DS to work towards a target time per question - to be exact it works out at 37.5 seconds per question so my advice would be to try and strive to get down to around 30 seconds per question. This way, if your child gets stuck on a question for a little more time either because it is a little more tricky or is one of the longer VR types then overall it should even out.

Once his speed was reasonably good I then got him to break the test time into 10 minute chunks - i.e. I got him to look at his watch every once in a while and when he saw that 10 minutes was up he would know that he needed to be on or around question 16, when 20 minutes is up question 32 etc. This approach works regardless of how long the test paper is. This ensures that your DS does not get bogged down on a single question and burn all their time up. Instead, it keeps them focused on moving forward. We also found that some test papers were a little more generous on timings - however, my DS still tried to keep to the pace he knew he would need to be at for the Tiffin exam.

In terms of changing answers, you do get a pencil & rubber on the day so you can rub out your answer and mark another box. Also, get your DC to practice doing this before the test itself as they need to be able to make sure that the remarked answer sheet is machine readable - i.e. what they might think is machine readable might be different to what your and I might think would be readable :) .


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