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 Post subject: Habs Maths PapersPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 12:48 pm

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I wondered if anyone might have an idea of what % a child should be aiming for in the Habs (boys) maths papers in order to have a chance of getting an interview at the girls school. Does anyone actually score in the 90s in these papers in the allotted time, or do you think that generally scores are lower than this? Thank you for your help.

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 Post subject: Re: Habs Maths PapersPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 8:02 pm

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Habs Girls do not make either past papers or marks available, however in my experience it is the girls who are very strong in English who get the interviews. I think high 80's would be the best mark to aim for in the maths papers. DG

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 Post subject: Re: Habs Maths PapersPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 9:52 am

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Thank you DG, that is very helpful. Obviously we have some work to do.

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 Post subject: Re: Habs Maths PapersPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 8:08 pm

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DD1 did these when preparing for Latymer, who used to have a similar test. We managed in the region of 45/50 in the end in both (which are similar in style). Past Latymer papers gave the average (I don't remember if it was the mean or median!) as ranging from 29-32/50 on average. I'd agree with DAO that 80%+ is a good score to aim for. Try running through them but with a stopwatch on the table. DD only reached Q30 (ish) the first time, but in the actual test finished in under 30 minutes, checked the entire paper twice and scored about 44/50. You have plenty of time to work on speed. Try the 10 minute Maths tests too and use them daily.

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 Post subject: Re: Habs Maths PapersPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 12:05 pm

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My DD is in year 8 and she says that non-Habs Juniors girls needed 80% to get to the next stage.

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 Post subject: Re: Habs Maths PapersPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 12:49 pm

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Is that 80% in Maths or 80% in total for all three papers, Maths English and VR? Thanks DG

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 Post subject: Re: Habs Maths PapersPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 9:29 pm

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Was it from the school itself (i.e. teachers) or from the other girls (i.e not necessarily a reliable source?) That seems quite a high pass mark given the percentage of applicants that are interviewed and the difficulty of the paper
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 Post subject: Re: Habs Maths PapersPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 9:38 am

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Is that 80% in Maths or 80% in total for all three papers, Maths English and VR?

Was it from the school itself (i.e. teachers) or from the other girls (i.e not necessarily a reliable source?) That seems quite a high pass mark given the percentage of applicants that are interviewed and the difficulty of the paper

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 Post subject: Re: Habs Maths PapersPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 10:44 am

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Animal has not logged on since the post so we might be waiting a while for the answer! All the students I know of have always got to the interview so I personally don't think the overall mark would have to be that high. DG

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 Post subject: Re: Habs Maths PapersPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 11:09 am

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The maths in particular looks quite tricky so I'd be surprised at that mark too. The last few questions are difficult.

It will be interesting to see how many have applied this year and how it is changing as it sounds like some independent schools are seeing increases.
Am I right in thinking about 550 apply most years, 200 or 250 might be interviewed and there are 100 places for external candidates (plus 50 ish moving up from the prep)?

DAO maybe those candidates were all quite strong though?! You'd still need to be in the top 20% of a presumably pre-selected group as parents wouldn't presumably sit a child who was struggling at school or even fairly average?

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