This is my first post here after hanging around for the better part of the last 6 months. My daughter took the 11+ tests this year and has been deemed selective in both Bexley and Kent. I have benefitted immensely from the discussions here and thought I would post some thoughts which parents might find helpful for the future .
My experience: My husband and I took turns in tutoring our daughter and we did not use external tutors. We spent a better part of the last year in panic mode trying to use as many resources / exam papers etc. to help our daughter prep for the test. Some of the mock tests / papers were so difficult that they often would leave my daughter demoralized and us wondering if the expectations from students were realistic (especially non verbal).
After taking the tests - our daughter had this feedback. She felt that the level of the actual tests most closely resembled Bond 11+ tests. The GLS papers were useful as well to prepare for the final test but a couple of the tests ( of the
were too difficult. CGP tests were way too difficult and in no way come close to the actual test. In retrospect, she feels she would have been better off not doing any CGP tests at all. She mentioned there were several questions in the Kent non verbal reasoning paper which she had never encountered before - so there is credence to the efforts being put in by the authorities to make the tests somewhat tutor proof.
I have waited till the results were out to post this - so that it provides a useful benchmark for other parents. Hope others can pitch in and share their experiences as well ..
Thanks to all who have posted here before ..