Its more a question of balance and giving equal emphasis to Vocab, Maths and Coding. Mike
The balance is weighted towards
I do not think types A and J require a high level of vocabulary. In fact from the sense of understanding the meaning of a word type A and J are not vocabulary questions they are word recognition questions
Word recognition, do not need to the the meaning BUT they have to recognise that the word is a word. ? fob ? cog ? lop? [ask a 9/10 year old] Spelling is a major factor too.
and some of the M type questions are anagrams, homophones, etc
and some [the majority] are same meaning, opposite meaning and relationships
Within types B D F H Q M S there is a range within the question variance that allows for easier low level vocabulary that should not be outside the range of an above average ability student.
The first 2/3 of a section of 7/8 are standard level followed by increasing difficulty. You would expect to see about 4 of these types on each paper plus an A or J.[or both] Get 1 or 2 of each wrong and the child has 'failed'
It would be difficult even with out of context vocabulary missing from the tests that sudents would attain 100% scores all of the time because of the complexity of the Maths and Coding questions.
I totally expect my students to get 100% marks in these areas. There is no reason to get them wrong, all the information is present for them. The complexities are rote learned.
and always WILL
be the biggest problem with Bucks 11 plus. If the child does not know the meaning or recognise the word they are stumped. Codes sorted, Maths sorted. Where does the letter come from sorted. Zs sorted. Others, non vocab sorted.
What does Wretched mean? What does Industrious mean? What does Economical mean? Ask a 9/10 year old to explain, without any clue, just say.... What does Indolent mean?
Patricia [member of : Society for the Prevention of Flogging the Dead Horse