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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2007 3:07 pm 
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Which board sets the exam in bexley? Is it Bond or one of the others. I am trying to work out which papers to practice with.


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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2007 3:13 pm 
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There is a thread Bexley 11+ on page 3 of the section - I think the information you need might be there - do also check with your LA.


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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2007 3:20 pm 
Not 100% sure but I don't think it's Bond. My daughter definitely found the Kent tests easier than the Bexley ones. However the Bexley tests are sat in November and the kent ones in January. Don't know if this really makes a difference but she was definitely more relaxed and prepared by January. I think the tests are set by different boards. Nelson definitely sets some of them, just not sure which. Just felt by getting more papers from different bodies would benefit my daughter.


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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2007 3:34 pm 
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They're set by NFER. 4 papers, all muliple choice - english, maths,verbal and non- verbal. The scores are standardised and added together to give an aggregate score, so it is possible to be slightly weaker on one paper and still be 'selective'.


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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2007 7:11 pm 
If you're a complete novice like I was that's nfer nelson. You can buy the complete papers in WH Smith.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 12:15 pm 
Bexley wrote:
They're set by NFER. 4 papers, all muliple choice - english, maths,verbal and non- verbal. The scores are standardised and added together to give an aggregate score, so it is possible to be slightly weaker on one paper and still be 'selective'.



And boy do I wish my son sat a Bexley test, he achieved an aggregate score of 368 which would of meant him walking into a Grammar, but instead he sat a Kent test and has even failed on appeal and now looking at a poor, underachieving Comp.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 7:07 am 
does this mean the Bexley test is easier than others?


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 1:20 pm 
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bexley mum wrote:
does this mean the Bexley test is easier than others?


I'm not sure how it compares to other areas, although it is set by NFER Nelson who set in lots of areas, so it is likely to be similar, I would have thought.

I think what the 'guest' was talking about was the way the marks are used to decide if a child is selective or not. In his area, it looks as if each of the 3 papers his son sat have a pass mark , and you need a pass in all 3 to get a grammar school place, so you need to be strong in all the areas tested.

Bexley set 4 papers, but total the 4 standardised scores to give one total aggregate mark. In theory it is possible to be weaker in one paper, but still get a selective place if you score highly in the other three as these scores would counter out a 'poorer' one.

Even if the 11+ is easier in one area though, it would just mean the pass mark would be higher as the number of selective places available would still be the same.


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