This takes place in September each year, and tests your child in three subjects:
Each test is multiple-choice. Children record their answers on a separate answer sheet, which is marked by an automated marking machine.
The first test is an English and Maths paper lasting 1 hour. Each section will involve a 5 minute practice exercise followed by a 25 minute test. The English section includes a comprehension exercise plus a section of spelling, punctuation and grammar questions.
The second test is a reasoning paper. It will take about 1 hour, including practice sections and questions. It includes a verbal reasoning section and a non-verbal reasoning section of roughly the same length. The non-verbal reasoning is split into short sections which are timed individually.
There is also writing exercise which is not automatically marked but may be used by a local headteacher panel as part of the headteacher assessment stage of the process. 40 minutes is allowed for the writing task, including 10 minutes planning time.
The Maths paper
Below is a list of the subjects covered in the Maths paper. This is not an exhaustive list, but will give you an idea of the areas that your child could expect to see in the test. It is possibe that some of these will not have been taught in state Primary schools by the end of year 5.
The English Paper
The first section is a comprehension. The first thing to remember is to make sure you read everything carefully, find an answer in your head before you look at the multiple choice options and let them influence you. Underline key points.
The next section covers SPaG - Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.
Make sure you know what the following are: common noun, proper noun, pronoun, collective noun, abstract noun, verb, modal verb, adverb, adverbial phrases and clauses, adjectives, onomatopoeia, alliteration, simile, personification metaphors, antonym, synonyms, proverb, fables, myths and legends.
The Reasoning Paper
There is no specific list of the things that come up on the reasoning papers, and this is the section that is supposed to be "untutorable". However there are lots of resources that provide practice reasoning papers. The best way to prepare for this paper is practice, practice, practice. Some examples of questions, and how to answer them, will be posted here shortly.
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