Hi, Can anyone help with some advice?
My Ds is starting his new high school in September and has been asked to spend a morning at the school next Wednesday to take a selection of CATS tests online. The tests are apparently based on Verbal, Non verbal reasoning and Quantitative analogies. So... as we are well accustomed to going through practice papers for verbal, non verbal and maths - I thought we should practise a few of these skills as a 'recap'??
My plan is to go through some of the practice papers again - going over the type of questions I have seen as 'example formats' on the CATs website. I know it's supposed to be a test without preparation...but I don't want his ability to be judged and thereafter put into ability sets at the new school - based on one morning of tests, at a time when the whole class are on a wind down and practising the school play every day! (I think academic tasks have been put to the back of his mind at the moment!)
So - any thoughts? Am I doing the right thing? Is there anything else I/he could be doing?
I think that the usual advice is, please don't
. The tests are for the school to establish it's own baseline, rather than relying on SATs results (or the lack of them, for some children who attend indies), not something to be 'passed'.