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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 6:12 pm 

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Not sure how people play this. Three schools with three different exam styles (so I have discovered from this forum). Are they so different that you look for assistance from different tutors?

Anyway, pretty sure that our son will attempt at least two of the three entrance exams in September 2015, so tutor recommendations would appreciated.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 10:32 pm 

Joined: Wed Mar 04, 2009 2:01 pm
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Location: Herts
Most boys I know of do at least two out of the three and some all three. You do not need different tutors but you do need a tutor who has a track record of getting students into these schools recently since they changed their exam format. When QE had four exam papers you could get a place with very strong marks in Maths and VR/NVR and a weak mark in English. Now English is 50% of the mark that is no longer the case. This change has brought preparation for QE and DAO closer together with the addition of Creative writing for DAO and MC for QE. Latymer needs focus on CEM but the same skills for Comprehension, VR and Maths with the addition of Cloze which I find surprising that students find so hard. Students who learn strong comprehension skills should be able to manage Cloze. I would however suggest that you decide which of the three is your main focus and base your main preparation around that school and chose a tutor who also has a main focus on that school. You will be up against students who have specialised in preparation for the format of that school. I think this year's result reflect that a general broad brush stroke approach that many tutors favour is no longer enough to secure a place when others have honed their skills towards the actual formats. DG

PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2014 2:16 pm 

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With preparation some children are capable of doing all 3 exams but they have to be focused and willing to put in all the work. For most children it would be better to target the preparation to their chosen school/schools, if they are not all-rounders and or don't have enough time.

Good tutors should be able to teach for all schools as CEM is making sure children actually know their subjects in-depth rather than preparing a narrow syllabus.

PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 9:04 am 

Joined: Mon Jun 18, 2007 2:32 pm
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Location: East Kent
We try to keep the forum as safe as possible - we don't allow tutors to be openly recommended, because it attracts posts with fake recommendations ('dodgy' advertising solely designed to solicit business on the internet).
It is also not unknown for unscrupulous competitors to 'plant' posts seeking to denigrate the opposition!

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