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 Post subject: Bancroft school
PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:57 pm 
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Does anyone know how selective this school is compared to others, such as chigwell, forest and city.

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 Post subject: Re: Bancroft school
PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:01 am 
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Bancroft is the most selective out of the three and is better than the other two academically. Forest should be the easiest to get in.
My DS sat the Chigwell exam two weeks ago and will be sitting Bacroft's this Saturday.


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 Post subject: Re: Bancroft school
PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:16 pm 
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Hi vivienphung,
What type of preparation is needed for Bancroft's exam? Roughly how many students sit for this exam and how many will be selected?

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 Post subject: Re: Bancroft school
PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:20 pm 
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Hi Shargor21

Maths and English (Essay and Comprehension) are tested. The maths paper is 1 hour and 15 minutes and divided into two sections - the second sections includes "difficult" questions. The English paper is 1 hour. Bancroft do not do VR or NVR. Approximately 500 candidates for 50 places.

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 Post subject: Re: Bancroft school
PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 7:49 pm 
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Hi, Bancroft's website has a sample paper on English and Maths. They do not test vr and nvr.

Maths is 1:15 minutes and are divided into two sections A and D (yes, no sections B and C). Section D is the difficult part.

Rumours had it that if section A is done sufficiently well, then it is good enough to get in provided English is also of similar standard. How reliable this is, no one knows.

English is also in two parts - comprehension and creative writing, one hour for both.


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 Post subject: Re: Bancroft school
PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:49 am 
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was the English exam quite similar in format to the sample paper on the website. It mentions some sections maybe multiple choice & some questions might need a longer answer.

What I really want to know is if it is Multiple choice style (with options to choose as per GL multiple choice format) or are there choice of answers & you just circle the correct option on the paper itself (standard format style).


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 Post subject: Re: Bancroft school
PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 12:32 pm 
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Dear All,
How was the exam for your DCs on 28 Jan at Bancroft?
Have you received any letter for verbal interview?
According to my DS, English was reasonable but math was hard.

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 Post subject: Re: Bancroft school
PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 6:27 pm 
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DS found both papers reasonable. There was one question on section D of maths DS could not do and had to guess (unfortunately, he guessed wrongly as he remembered the question and I worked out the answer afterwards). Interviews will start on Saturday and so I would think the school would start calling parents to arrange interview dates the latest by Thursday.


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 Post subject: Re: Bancroft school
PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 6:09 pm 
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Has any one heard from Bancroft re the interview? They are starting this Saturday and one of their letters said they would ring rather than sending invite by post.


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 Post subject: Re: Bancroft school
PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:08 pm 
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We've heard nothing yet. The wait is excruciating......


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