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Sunday, March 11, 2012

A Well-Balanced Eleven Plus Child

It is a real pity that the eleven plus for most children is simply an exercise in filling in little boxes. Suppose your child could be asked to produce paragraph or two of handwriting? There would be no reason for a human to look at the writing – after all computers can read and verify signatures so it simply a small leap for a computer to be able to look at a passage or two.
The first thing that needs to be considered is the page as a whole. Did the candidate use margins effectively? Usually in an examination subjects are asked to leave a wide margin for comments and marks. But we do know that if no margins are left then the writer wants to fill every bit of his or her life. A well balanced margin can show a well-balanced life.

Now we come to the slope. Forget about slope being affected by the position of the paper on the table – we need to look at the nitty-gritty. Horizontal slopes show a clear and orderly mind. Lines that slope upwards show optimism and enthusiasm.

Large writing shows an ambition person. Slanting forward demonstrates a creative mind.

If we want a well-balanced eleven plus child, filled with ambition and enthusiasm, largely ambitious and certainly creative we need to look no further than a few lines of writing. Surely parents could help with this?