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Friday, August 27, 2010

An Eleven Plus Meander

Parents by now, as the eleven plus grows closer, are looking at commercial tests and papers with considerable interest. Do the tests reveal the strengths and weaknesses of their child? Will the test reveal misconceptions and misunderstandings? If an otherwise extremely bright child is still worried by codes, should the family call in the cavalry?

Some questions that could wonder through the mind:

How has my child done on this paper compared with other children?

What is a reasonable number of questions to answer correctly?

What are my child’s strengths and weaknesses?

What common errors are made again and again?

Where do we need to work together?

Do these tests really reflect my child’s ability?

If my child is always achieving 90% are we testing him or her on the right tests?

Have we made the right choices about papers, tutors and internet based eleven plus tests?

How can I get my child to read even easy questions twice?

When can I relax?

Will I ever relax?

Do I deserve to relax?

Is there anything that I can do to relax?

(By now the mind is meandering, worn down by too much of everything. Oh well ….. )

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