The 11+ examination process in Sutton: The Selective Eligibility Test and beyond.
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This post contains vital information for those thinking of applying to a grammar school in Sutton this year! Sutton is home to a number of outstanding, fully selective grammar schools and the competition for places is fierce. This article outlines the examination process of each of the schools taking part in the two-stage testing system. It also highlights key dates and provides some advice on how you can prepare, based on past experience.
For 2015 entry, the schools will participate in a two-stage testing process. The first part is called the Selective Eligibility Test and consists of multiple-choice papers in Mathematics and English. If your child passes these tests, they will be invited to sit a second exam, which varies from school to school.
The schools taking part in this process for 2015 entry include:
- Sutton Grammar School
- Wallington County Grammar School
- Wilson’s School
- Nonsuch High School
- Wallington High School for Girls
- Greenshaw High School
The Selective Eligibility Test for all schools will be held on Wednesday 17th September 2014.
The date and format of the second test varies:
Wilson’s School: Monday 6th October 2014 (Maths and Creative Writing)
Sutton Grammar School: Saturday 15th November 2014 (Maths and Creative Writing)
Wallington County Grammar School: Saturday 11th October 2014 (Maths and Creative Writing)
Wallington High School for Girls: Saturday 4th October 2014 (Maths and English)
Nonsuch High School for Girls: Saturday 11th October 2014 (Maths and English)
How to Prepare
The Selective Eligibility test consists of two multiple-choice papers in Mathematics and English. Each paper is 45-minutes long. The Exam Papers Plus Grammar School range provides ideal practice for the Selective Eligibility Test.
Recommended materials for the Selective Eligibility Test:
Round 1 (S.E.T)
For further subject-specific practice, we would recommend the following:
Round 2 (except Wallington County Grammar School)
For Round 2, we would recommend the following packs:
For the second round test, each school sets its own paper. However, there are some common themes.
Mathematics: Your child needs to be comfortable with Key Stage Level 2 concepts. The second round tests are not multiple-choice and often include more complicated word-based problems. Such questions can be found in both our 11+ (Independent School) Mathematics packs, available here and here.
English/Creative Writing: This paper will consist of, or at least include, a Creative Writing section. There may also be some comprehension. Your child should practise writing stories within a 25-minute time limit. Marks are awarded for coherent structure, relevant subject matter and strong and interesting use of descriptive vocabulary. In order to prevent students regurgitating prepared material, the schools pose very specific questions and tasks. For example, past questions have included rewriting a short story in the form of a news article and continuing a story based on a supplied introduction.
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The ‘Exam Papers Plus’ team