Anxious Maggie wrote:
Was your son in the top 2/3 for his year group? Did he do the optional sats at the end of Year 4, and if so what level was he?My son is bright but i am not sure he would rank in the top 2/3.
Do you have any more information about what the tests themselves?
I would think a child who got this award would have to be truly exceptional, not just within the top 2 or 3 in the class. They would probably need to be the brightest child in their year, and the school would be looking for signs of great future promise (don't know how they do this, but I'm sure they know what they're looking for - a child who thinks outside the box, anyway). I can't imagine Eton would be very interested in SATs results.
My son who did it in 2001 said there was maths, English and verbal and non-verbal reasoning, and I think they had compiled their own test rather than using a commercial one from what he said. One word of warning - he was devastated at not getting it, and it took him at least a year to recover. We told him he could try again when he was 13, but he had lost interest by then having settled into an 11-18 school.