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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 9:44 pm 
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Dear all

My ds will hopefully be sitting the SET 2016. Please advise me with anything you can (any do's and dont's) with regards to the application process and revision.

I am interested in applying to sutton grammar, wilsons & wallington

Did any ds's who sat the test this year mention which type of papers the tests were most similar to in format. For example, bond or gL etc

Any help will be much appreciated

Thank you :D


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 10:33 pm 
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Can your DD not advise your DS? Did she not do it recently? You may have already offered advice on the forum after your DD took it.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 11:09 pm 
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my dd didnt sit a collective SET - she sat each school exam separate that year. would it be pretty much the same stuff?

im more trying to learn about the SET because its quite new- i got a lot of sound advice off this forum a few years back

& Abit of good advice, from experienced and active members, and other parents and their dc's feedback is always helpful :D


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 11:44 pm 
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mummyjee, I don't know how boys' 'collective' SET differs from past school-specific exams for girls, but here is what we found useful preparing for it.

In terms of books:
CGP 11+ series - work books with assessment papers, maths and English;
11+ First Past The Post - cloze procedure and maths books;
Schofield & Sims Mental Maths book 5 - very useful; run out of time to go through book 6;
GL, Letts and Bond multiple choice English comprehension and maths practice test papers.

We did a couple of Bond maths assessment books early on in year 5, but found them not challenging enough, so switched to CGP, which my DS found much harder. Bond English comprehension books are good, but not relevant for SET, because they are not multiple choice.

In terms of practice:
From about Easter, we focused on making sure that DS completed the papers within the allocated time, and ideally with 5 minutes to spare. Both maths and English SET papers had a lot of questions to go through and it worked out on average somewhere between 30-40 seconds a question. During the last week before the SET, we practised speed-shading of sample multiple choice answer sheets - I made my own based on an example shown on Sutton Grammar website. Children often run out of time because they spend too much time filling in the answer boxes.

Make sure you sign up your DS for Sutton Grammar mock tests in summer term - places go quickly, so keep an eye on their website from January. The mocks definitely helped my DS's confidence.

Good luck! :)

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2015 8:33 am 
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Thank you PurpleDuck , thats very thorough

i will definitely look out for mock exam too

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