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 Post subject: St Olaves exam
PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 11:35 am 
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Congratulations to those hard working boys (and parents!) who got a place at St Olaves.
Is there anyone out there willing to share some of their experinces with us trying for this year's exam?
How did your DS find the test? When you look back, what do you think were the best books you used?
Any tips you can give us on how to tackle the comp or the essay writing?
Any help warmly appreciated.

Many thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: St Olaves exam
PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 6:49 pm 
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Layla22, I sent you a PM.


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 Post subject: Re: St Olaves exam
PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 9:05 pm 
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Hi BP, I hope this is not too much of a cheeky request but would you be kind enough to send me a pm as well?


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 Post subject: Re: St Olaves exam
PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 9:32 am 
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BP - and me too please... :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: St Olaves exam
PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 9:59 am 
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Why not make this open. We are in this together :)

Or are some of us looking for an advantage :)


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 Post subject: Re: St Olaves exam
PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 6:02 pm 
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Oh no, please don't think I have shared some secrets in the PM - my reply about our experience just became too lengthy and rambling and I didn't think was suitable for the forum. Every child has specific needs but below are all books that we used to prepare for the test, starting around the middle of year 5:

Maths:
Bond assessment papers: Fifth (10-11+) and More fifth (11+ - 12+)
Bond 11+ test papers ISBN 9780748784899
Letts Success assessment papers ISBN 9781844192250
Letts 11+ practice papers, Standard
IPS Eleven Plus Secondary School selection D, ISBN 0954285379
Athey Educational test pack 5 and test pack 8

English:
Bond How to do 11+ English
Bond assessment papers fourth and fifth papers, but only some of them, and even less of the comprehension part in them
Bond Comprehension Fourth Papers
Bond 11+ Test Papers, Multiple Choice
Letts 11+ Practice Papers, Multiple Choice
Letts Success Assessment papers ISBN 9781844192229
Secondary selection portfolio Test pack 6


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 Post subject: Re: St Olaves exam
PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:01 pm 
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Thank you BP - much appreciated :D


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 Post subject: Re: St Olaves exam
PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:54 pm 
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Also, most of you are probably aware of the free resources on the Bond Online website (must have a registered account, it's free) - but just wanted to share how useful I found the Secrets of Writing and Secrets of Comprehension there. We'd read the examples of children's writing together and afterwards I'd ask my son to tell me what he liked or didn't like about them and what he thought the tutor's comments and marks would be, and then check if he was right. It was fun and he got a good idea of what skills he would be expected to demonstrate in the writing task.


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