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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 8:50 am 
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Hello,

Am hoping some of the experienced parents can help me on this one!

I know most boys who get 'likely' for St Olaves do get 100% in Maths, but would anybody know what percentage the children are expected to get in English (the comprehension section)?

DS is doing ok in Maths but has never crossed 85% in English and this is worrying me!

Thanks in advance


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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 10:18 am 
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I would think the bar is lower for English. Most selective schools tend to have applicants who do better in Maths than in English. Is it not the combined total that wins the place? DG


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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 10:32 am 
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100%. Is that likely? is it because the papers are easy? or because boys are doing so well? mine never scored 100% but on the 85-95% mark on available papers bought from book shops.


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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 11:26 am 
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There's a sample paper on Olave's website. The top 120 boys I guess are super bright academically, heavily tutored and know the game. I know couple of children who are in top of their class & have got into Judd, DGS and Wilson but have missed out on Olave's by a narrow margin.

DAO- The final score is weighted towards English. They want boys who are not only good mathematicians but also good readers and writers :) . There's no NVR component in the test and very little VR.


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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 11:53 am 
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Thanks for putting me right Parent2013. How very wonderful! I wish more schools would do this. I am off to look at their sample paper. How much prep is done to gain a place? DG


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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 1:45 pm 
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DAO- The final score is weighted towards English. They want boys who are not only good mathematicians but also good readers and writers :) . There's no NVR component in the test and very little VR.

So what % are we aiming for in the English section?


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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 6:10 pm 
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I don't think it really matters if one has to be perfect in any subject. If your DS is scoring 85%+ in subjects then he stands fair chance. I know few who were excellent in Maths however not so great in English got through Olave's. Similarly, there were few who were fantastic in English couldn't get through. It's the overall performance that tips the balance. In our case, our DS was above average in all subjects and not a champion in any however was able to clear Olave's, Wilson's and QE (we decided to proceed with Wilson's finally).


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