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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2011 10:45 am 

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I am really struggling with getting the balance right and would be interested in some opinions.

Dd is 10 and we are applying to Watford Grammar, Parmiters, JFS, St Helen's, St Albans Girls and Habs. Not that keen on Habs but we're having a go anyway - our favourites are St Helen's and Watford Grammar.

Dd is bright but a bit lazy. She has a very nice tutor who's been coming for just over a year and sets her papers. She's finding the whole preparation thing a real pain as she's not keen to put the work in. As a parent I want to prepare and support her as much as possible without pressurising her or interfering with her out of school activities which are important to her.

In the last few months the tutor has been setting her 2 Athey papers per week - one Maths and one VR. Manageable I think even with school homework to do. However after buying some GL assessment papers which are the closest to the Watford Grammar/Parmiters papers, I'm worried about how hard they are!

So I suppose I'm asking how many papers of which she should be doing now with only 5 weeks to go till the Watford exam? I was at the Habs open day last week and the head said in her speech not to tutor your child or get them to do papers or they will burn out before the exam. But surely there can't be many parents out there who are doing nothing in terms of preparation?

And is anyone else finding these GL assesment papers harder than private school exams? Some of the questions dd hasn't even covered yet, eg algebra. How well do they have to do in the test to have a chance of a place?

PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2011 6:35 pm 

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Good luck to your child with the Consortium test -
it is such a stressful time isn't it! We were very lucky
that our child got into Parmiter's this year under
Academic criteria. We had a tutor to help prepare
him for the entrance exam for about 6 months
leading up to the tests although maths has
always come easily to him.
He did quite a few test papers for the first
few months then probably 2-3 weeks
before the exam date did about 6 a week
under timed conditions just to build up
his confidence and was consistently scoring over 90
percent on each paper. All the schools
you said you've applied for are great schools
so as I said earlier , best of luck to you .

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