Hi, my dd has applied for wghs exam, and has been working hard for last few months, with help of her tutor. She has done a few past papers, ie bond, and her scores were generally quite good, 80-90%. She recently sat a mock exam for the first time, and her result was a shock to us all, including her tutor, at just 60%.
This has sent us all into panic mode, as she will be amongst over 700 girls fighting for just 108 places. I was wondering if anybody had any tips at this late stage, ie cem equivalent papers, other mock exams or online tests.
All your advice would be most gratefully appreciated.
Firstly, don't panic. The formal exam setting itself is enough to knock off quite a few marks - after all that is the point of doing the mock : so that they have a chance to adjust themselves to the pressure and speed.
Secondly, if the mock was based on CEM style content , then it is perfectly understandable that the marks would be lower than the more traditional papers that your child has been practising as the content of the maths and English is more challenging in the CEM style exams. You would have to check what the layout was with them, where your child ranked in comparison to others and whether they have any data about the scores of previous year's candidates and how they did in the real exam. If it is CEM style content ( see sticky at the top of the forum) then 60% is not a bad score. If the layout is the more traditional VR , maths and English then the mock itself is of limited value other than practice of exam setting and I would not bother with a second sitting.
Thirdly, use the breakdown of the results to assess particular areas of weakness : I found that although DS was getting 90 plus in Bond NVR, he did not cope well with the different types of papers and only scored 50% in his section - so I have varied the paper sources since.
With such a limited time left until the exam, I would suggest practice vocabulary games (freerice etc), look at nvr question types from different sources rather than whole papers and do some of the independent school sample papers that can be downloaded looking out for any areas of weakness to address.
It is tempting to get children to do endless assessment papers at this stage, but it is more beneficial to do fewer and go over them with the child very carefully.
I get in whizz about mock results every time with my own children. However, what I have learned is that you still can't use them to predict future outcomes with any degree of accuracy other than whether they a decent chance or are way out - there are very few who can take the results and feel secure about 'passing' - even then they would worry about whether it is enough to get the school they want. It is better just to use them to address weaknesses.
It is up to you but I am not sure there is any point in another mock unless the main issue is nerves.