Frequently Asked Questions
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How do I know if my child is ready for the exams?
We take the child and the circumstances as a whole, making realistic judgements based on this. If we gauge that the child isn’t ready, we might suggest deferring exams until the following year, either to allow the child to mature or catch up academically. This deferral is often seen with the 7+ to the 8+. This approach avoids unnecessary pressures and crashes in confidence if the child isn’t ready. Ultimately the parent has the choice but we feel it’s important to communicate the status and use a professional judgement to discern where the child stands amongst their peers, and whether putting them forward would be a good choice.
What does the assessment for the 7+ and 8+ involve?
The assessment covers numeracy, literacy and reasoning. It allows the assessor to get to know your child’s character, along with an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses. The assessment itself spans over 1.5 hours, with small breaks to prevent the student from becoming overwhelmed. The results are then discussed with parents, and a written report will follow.
What does the assessment for the 11+ and 13+ involve?
The assessment covers numeracy, literacy and reasoning. It allows the assessor to get to know your child’s character, along with an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses. The assessment itself spans over 2 hours, with a small break in-between. The results are then discussed with parents, and a written report will follow.
What can I do with my child during the week?
We suggest various exercises, activities and books to complete in conjunction with tuition. During term time, schoolwork and after school activities can dominate time, but our work is adjusted to fit the child’s timetable, without overloading them with work.
We haven’t moved to London yet, but can we get started?
If you are relocating to the UK, we suggest that your child receives assistance with English – especially if English is not their mother tongue. We provide residential or holiday tutors to assist with this. If your child has a good command of English, we can recommend books and activities to begin the preparation for the entrance examinations.
Where does the tuition take place?
In most cases, the tutor travels to the student’s home. Should this not work, we can suggest another suitable setting.