Thank you for all your inf. In fact, my boy went to the open day and got a sample papers, but I just wanted to know more details.
I've got something I would like to ask you. What is "guided [persuasive] writing task"? Could you explain it to me more?
I really appreciate any help.
Thank you very much.
If you visited the Open Morning you will have been given papers with sample questions, so I'm assuming you haven't visited the school. But if you follow this link you can download the sample questions:http://www.saintolaves.net/?p=admissions/year7/sample
As you can see, there is a Maths paper and an English paper. The English paper consists of comprehension (multiple choice answers) and a guided [persuasive] writing task. It isn't particularly difficult in comparison to 11 plus but it obviously has a more freeform section (the writing) counting for half the marks. As the introduction to the sample paper says, the format is well designed to be anti-cramming. Your son just has to have become good at reading and writing over the last couple of years.
The Maths paper has 30 questions "of increasing difficulty" to be done in an hour. They don't go beyond the normal primary school level in terms of syllabus at this stage BUT they are phrased in ways that require a bit more logical deduction and interpretation than most of the 11 plus Maths questions. I think it would be pretty hard to finish the paper in the time available for all but the brightest kids.
So I wouldn't say that the exams themselves are "mega hard" but the problem is that your son will be competing against many very clever boys from across South London as well as from Kent and even Sussex.