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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 5:16 pm 
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Hi All

Trying to seek any advice from parents regarding the entrance exams at Whitgift. In particular, I am aware that all tests (Maths, English and Verbal) are standard I.e. not multiple choice and you can view sample maths and English papers on their website. How long are the papers and how best to prepare for the tests. Are Bond books and past papers from other independent schools the best way to prepare for the Whit gift exams.

Nervous about the exams as our son missed the Wilson's Grammar School pass mark by 25 marks, he passed Wallington Grammar, but so did another 585 boys so not holding my breath for a place and did not sit Sutton as too far away. , is he prepared enough for the exams and will he cope should he be successful in being offered a place.

Would love to hear from parents who supported their boys through the exams, what were they like, what books best to use etc.

Any advice and information would be appreciated.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 6:48 pm 
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Hi there

We only used Bond books and past papers from other indies together with plenty of reading and creative writing practise. My DS felt well prepared. There is not so much time pressure as in the grammar entrance exams. If your DS does well enough in the exam, he will be called for interview which is a really important part of the selection process. Your DS needs to have plenty to talk about & be bright & enthusiastic and really show that he wants to go to the school. The parents are 'interviewed ' as well. Both the exam & the interview are well handled so that the boys have the opportunity to show what they can do and it's not too nerve-wracking.

Best of luck. My DS is in year 11 & is incredibly happy there.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 9:32 pm 
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Thank you so much Lady muck and Estelle

Thanks for quick reply and such useful information. I had no idea that the English paper is split in that way as there is no information on their website, just says English paper. Even though we have covered and practised GPS and comprehension for grammar school exams, still feeling anxious. Like you said, the interview is just as important so trying to help son prepare for interview too. It is a fantastic school, offering a great deal of opportunities, my son has been there for one week during a primary school project and loved it.

We are only trying for Whitgift as Trinity is too far out.

Once again, appreciate your advice and information.Best of luck to your son in Year 11.

Regards.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:07 pm 
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Have you got copies of their sample papers?


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 9:49 am 
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Oh Dear. Yikes. They interview the parents :(

What about? Do they ask about other schools you might be applying for? How to answer that when the others are more "aspirational" (or logistically more convenient) and so it will be (fairly) apparent that Whitgift is a back-up and so an answer like "We of course prefer Whitgift" is a little bit hmmmmm ?

Past papers were / are given out at open days (I was there one afternoon recently).


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:04 am 
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Ladymuck wrote:
Most of the parents that I know have gone there have always played the game.


Getting ahead of myself (test not sat yet) but wondered in fact how to play the game. Is the idea then to pretend the Whitgift is your first choice. How do you explain the fact that, say, Westminster (aspirational) is also on your lists of schools?


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