chelmsford dad wrote:
i started doing some past papers in last few weeks and now we are doing 3-4 a week and hes averaging i would say around 72% all in.
for his first choice school i think we would need 80%+ unless it was a particularly low scoring year.
we havent gone all that strong until now as i would like him to get in on natural ability with some training rather than really forcing him over the line so to speak.
i just wonder how much more he is likely to improve in the 5 weeks left ? in theory by going through the 28% that is wrong i guess he should.
these have all been very strictly timed and i would say he is getting a higher percentage of the actual questions he is doing so therefore at the moment speed is harming his scores rather than lack of knowledge so im hoping his speed will naturally improve.
the whole process is very worrying not just about getting in a particular school but if you are being too hard on them expectation wise
Morning, Chelmsford dad
I believe it will be the Chelmsford boy GS you son will take the exam according to your poster name. There are 3 papers ( Maths, English and VR), VR is the paper which counts for 50% of the total scores, the other 2 is 25% each. IMO, the speed and accuracy of the VR paper is rather crucial.
With the speed, I assume you are talking the VR paper. I think it will improve if he can work out which types of questions that take most time doing. Do not put too much time on just one question because each question carry equal mark.
My advise will be doing a moch exam, just like the real exam with 3 papers and a break in between as the exam date approaches. My son did
that and it had been an invaluable experience for him to have a taste of what the real thing is like ( hard at that time but he's glad he had that experience.). That said, each child is different and doing the mock under strict timing can be an eye opening/ daunting
I know it can be a worrying time for most parents as the exam date is not far away. Lots of encouragements and supports are particularly needed at this stage. Good luck for the exam in Nov.