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School Entrance Examinatons
School entrance examinations are taken by some children
UK as part of the admissions process for academically selective
The most important thing to understand about these
exams is that they are very difficult to revise for in the space of a
few weeks or even a few months. On the whole the exams are ways in
which schools test skills which a child has developed over a period of
years rather than weeks. In addition to preparing for these exams, it
is very important to be skilled in exam technique. Often good
candidates come unstuck simply because they get lost in all the
instructions or panic at the sheer unfamiliarity of the tasks.
Most English examinations consist of two parts; a
comprehension paper and a writing task. The comprehension part of the
entrance examination tests skills in reading, grammar, vocabulary,
punctuation, word formation and an understanding of excerpts from
specific texts. Performing well in written English exams is often based
on the ability to choose a form and content appropriate to the task;
using syntax and paragraphing to shape meaning; using punctuation
correctly and expressively; using vocabulary creatively; spelling
accurately and using handwriting and presentation effectively.
In Mathematics, most of the entrance examinations cover
concepts within the National Curriculum but often are based on the
assumption that candidates are working towards Level 5 of Key Stage 2.
There is normally a variety of questions testing basic numerical
skills, problem-solving and logical thinking. Candidates may
be required to demonstrate more developed powers of reasoning.
Questions in entrance examinations often involve manipulation and
application of these concepts in what may be unfamiliar situations.
Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning
Standard Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning tests yield
useful information about pupils’ abilities that may not be
evident from their usual classroom work. They can indicate
likely ease with which a pupil will be able to acquire new concepts and
understand new ideas across a range of school subjects. We have a wide
range of practice papers available to understand the concepts