Thanks Guest, well done to your daughter, do you mind saying where she was placed and scores. Seems to me even if you put your 'catchment' down you may not get it but at least could appeal. Still not sure what to do, we are doing a bit of VR, no tutor but using techniques and practice books, when do you recommend doing test papaers, which ones and what sort of score do you need to aim for? did your daughter perform as well or better than you expected given the fact that she got CCHSG. thanks.
The problem is you can't actually tell where you child is placed for the school they got into as the total number that sat it for that school includes children that put it as the first, second, third or fourth choice. She came reasonably high but probably even higher if you break it down to just those that chose Chelmsford as their first choice. For Southend she came 30th. She did very well in the VR (90%) and OK in the maths and English but not as well in the maths as we thought she would do (although better in the English than expected!). That is why I am advising that you must put a lot of work into the VR. I know children that did well in the maths and English but not so well in the VR and they didn't get places.
In terms of practice, the Nfer Nelson papers are excellent (and they provide the VR questions on the day apparently). I would also recommend buying past papers from the CSSE (www.csse.org.uk
) BUT do not let your child do the CSSE ones until she is getting good scores (85% +). They are very difficult and it will knock her confidence if you give it to her too early. This site has good papers as well. You should really be starting practice papers now to get her used to them as you will need to make sure her timing is good on the day. That is another vital thing - the timing on her VR - she needs to finish the paper on the day to get as many marks as possible. My daughter said that a lot of other girls didn't finish the last page.