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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:12 am 
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Key to the test is
1)specialist content. Matters such as NVR techniques and some of the maths are not taught in primary, or not taught til year 6
2)exam technique. The format and pace of the exam is highly specialised, with an audio voice communicating timings, multiple sections where different pace is expected, and very tight timescales, with a colour in the lozenge answer sheet where if you misalign, you can lose huge numbers of marks.
So prep on pace, format familiarisation and unique content is key. A good local tutor can help with that. Make sure they specialise in CEM. Or you can use the letts cem mock papers that come with an audio download, and the bond cem books to help acquire some ot the specialist content. In my view, a super bright child who hasn't got experience of a mock, the format and the specialist content will fail, and an average child well briefed on the above and tutored will pass. Not really fair, but the current situation.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:22 am 
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Daviessar,

Thanks ever so much for taking the time to post.

It puts my mind at east knowing that since we are in Catchment 2, then we are really only working against the test rather than other people (assuming that it is not a super bright cohort and all pass :D ).

I don't really want to get into the whole tutor/no tutor debate, but I have researched the local tutors and this is all set up ready to go if we decide to go ahead with this.

My main concern at the moment is does DD want to do it, at the min she does, next year or the year after who knows!!

Thanks again

OED


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:22 am 
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Absolutely. The key is, that it creates options. If she takes the test and passes, she has more options available than if she doesn't. Also, familiarisation with NVR, verbal reasoning and exam situations and formats will stand her in good stead for the Cat /midyis tests they do at secondary, and for underlying skills in a wide range of subjects, so it isn't wasted whatever the outcome. Savvy parents are just as capable of supporting their kids as many tutors are. The whole 'the exam is designed to not advantage kids who've been taught /tutored' thing is a total myth though.


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