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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 7:27 am 
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I am tutoring a boy who is due to sit the local grammar school's own entrance test. (he is hoping to transfer in year8) Only info we have is " it will be maths and english".

He is relatively accurate, but is very slow. 50 minute NFER papers are taking well over an hour .

Any tips on how to increase his speed without losing his accuracy.

I've done some dictated sentences eg They took their books to school. with time limits for each one, which does seem to be helping him choose correct homonym when writing quickly. Also seeing how many times he can write his name in 30 secs. It is even becoming legible!


His test is on 13th July and we really need to step thiongs up a little now.

All help gratefully accepted.

Also if anyone has information about teh format of teh Harvey Grammar (Folkestone) entry test


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 8:16 am 
Please bear in mind that the tests may not be of the same style as the usual entrance papers. I recently tutored a child in year 8 for my local grammar - both tests were QCA optional tests.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 8:25 am 
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Thanks, that's what I'm thinking, we can't get any more information from teh school.

I am going on teh assumption that it will be along QCA lines, reading, then comprehension and maybe some creative writing, so am using teh English standard e papers from this site. I really need to boost his confidence, so that he isn't spending ages deliberating over each question.

It is difficult trying to aim for goal when you have no idea what or where the goalposts are!


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 8:29 am 
Do you have access to old QCA test papers?


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 8:32 am 
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no, but presume I could order some?

What year group, 7??

Ive ordered past Sats papers before, but not QCA, would they be the optional tests as in primary? I am more familiar with KS2


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 8:33 am 
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practice practice the more he practices his english and maths papers the quicker he will become. He won't need to think ie, area of a triangle etc it will become automatic th same for english puncuatation etc..
Hope this helps

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 8:42 am 
Yes year 7. The grammar my student applied for used the results of the QCA tests to compare with the year average at the school.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 10:05 am 
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I've found a couple of downloadable papers and some of similar format, will try those.Consensus seems to be practice!

We are up against time now, so then more he can get in teh better. Thank you both for your help, it is much appreciated!


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