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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Chances of passing the Eleven Plus

How bright do you have to be to pass the Eleven Plus?

Francis Galton learned to read at the age of two and a half. He signed his name at three and wrote a letter at four. The day before his fifth birthday he wrote the following letter to his sister Adele:

Mt dear Adele, I am 4 years old and can read any English book. I can say all the Latin substantives and adjectives and active verbs besides 52 lines of Latin poetry. I can cast up any sum in addition and multiply by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10. I can also say the pence table. I can read French a little and I know the clock.

Francis Galton
February 1827.

It is obvious that Galton had a good start in life. He turned out to be an eminent man. He had the advantage of three elements:

Natural ability
Personality traits

So how bright do you have to be to pass the Eleven Plus?

It seems you need ability.

You need to have a desire to pass the examination.

You need inspiring support from parents, school, teachers, family and peers.

Parents often ask teachers: “Will my child pass the Eleven Plus?”

All the teacher has to answer is: “Well he has the ability, the desire and the right support. I would say he does have a good chance.”

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