I am looking for a tutor for my dd to start preparing her for the WGGS exams next year. Obviously there are loads of tutors out there but i was wondering if anyone could recommend one, perhaps one that has helped your DD or DS get into the Watford Grammer. I intend to help her as well, however i will also to have a tutor who has a complete understanding of the curriculum and what is needed to pass these exams. Many Thanks
I have a 100% success rate for the associated boys' school, but have only coached two children (my own).
There are only two subjects in the test: Maths and verbal reasoning.
The Maths is very straightforward and only includes topics covered at school in KS2. I used the Bond 'How to do 11+ Maths' book to make sure they understood all the topics, then Bond fourth and fifth papers for practice and GL assessment papers for 'mock exams'. A lot of children get high scores on the Maths, so accuracy and checking are very important.
The verbal reasoning is standard format (not multiple choice) and can include a wide variety of question types (not just the 21 types featured in 11+ exams in many regions). We used the Susan Daughtrey 'Technique and Practice' books for preparation, then Bond books for further practice, then Athey and Alpha papers as mock exams. There are 100 questions in 45 minutes, so speed is very important in this paper. Often the marks are lost on vocabulary questions.
The elevenplusexams.co.uk forum is very informative. The Hertfordshire section would be especially useful and I would post your question about tutors on there.
Mobabes, If still you are looking for one...then i m really happy to recommend my DD's tutor. My girl has started very low profile and never been encouraged at school...but with the help of her tutor, she developed so well...she got into WGGS but also in Habs, NLCS and St Helen's. Highly recommended...knows her job really well (bit strict though). I m happy to forward her number...if u wish so....