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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:35 pm 
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Hello all

I have a question on exam technique, hope somebody can help? My DD had her GL exams in a few weeks now.

I have always advised her to guess the answer when a question is taking too long and move on. However, I hear from some parents that it is better to skip the question completely and revisit if time permits, because wrong answers may be penalised.

I have looked around the forum and can't find an answer, any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:00 pm 
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As far as I am aware, negative marking is not employed in any state school selection test.

Perhaps your informants would be so good as to let you have the links to their information, if I am wrong, though. It would be useful to have them in a post on this forum.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:27 pm 
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The exam provider for your area will issue guidance and information about the test when you register your child for the test. Have you looked at that? My child sat a GL eleven plus last year and (as with previous years) marks were not deducted for incorrect answers and children were advised to guess any they didn't know. So it is always better to guess because there is a chance the answer could be correct, but no marks are given for blank answers.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:39 pm 
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I am not aware of any eleven plus exam that uses negative marking.

I would always recommend all student to record an answer and then go back to review it if they have time. DG


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 4:51 pm 
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Interesting one, I always assumed leave blank and revisit and only guess if you're running out of time at the end. But I suppose if they somehow mark the ones they need to go back to, then that avoids the situation when you run out of time even to guess.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:33 pm 
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As far as I am aware, there is no negative marking. GL multiple choice is marked by computer.
General advice( for any test) is, if you are stuck, move on quickly. .do what you can. You only get marks for completed questions.
Check your answers
Go back and have a second go at the ones you left out.
If you gave any time left, guess!


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2019 9:04 pm 
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eccco wrote:
Hello all

I have a question on exam technique, hope somebody can help? My DD had her GL exams in a few weeks now.

I have always advised her to guess the answer when a question is taking too long and move on. However, I hear from some parents that it is better to skip the question completely and revisit if time permits, because wrong answers may be penalised.

I have looked around the forum and can't find an answer, any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.


I wouldn't take advice from those parents anymore!


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 1:07 pm 
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If you skip it and revisit you will have to waste time reading it twice and you may forget to go back and end up losing the mark.

If you complete it and then have time you can go back and perhaps change it. If you don't have time at least you have given yourself a chance of getting it right. DG


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:23 pm 
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Yes, look how many minutes there are and how many questions so you have a rough idea of time/question. If it's taking too long, guess it but mark the question so if there's time you can come back to it later. If not, you haven't left it blank.


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