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whataboutbob Sat 13-May-17 13:12:37

I am trying to find out what the structure is for the English part of the SET Test.
The website says there will be a separate multiple choice answer paper to record answers, so am I correct in thinking there will not be piece of creative writing in the SET? Thanks in advance to anyone who can shed some light, it is sometimes so difficult to establish exactly what the grammar school exams consist of.

Ladymuck Sat 13-May-17 14:03:33

Correct - no creative writing in the SET.

whataboutbob Sat 13-May-17 16:09:45

Thanks Lady. Sorry to ask the inevitable follow on question, but what are the best resources for preparing for the English SET? Just done Bond 11+ English and VR with DS and it was sobering- he scored less than 10/20 in our 1st exercise! Now planning a summer of English practice!

Ladymuck Sat 13-May-17 16:58:05

I'd use resources for the SATS tests (L6 in old money). There will be comprehensions but typically shorter ones. There will probably be a cloze test, some spellings and grammar. Not so many traditional VR questions, but still worth looking at antonyms and synonyms.

whataboutbob Sat 13-May-17 21:08:04

Thank you very much LM.

nicp123 Tue 16-May-17 01:58:29

Don't be surprised if your child will have a small piece of creative writing... there will definately be one in the actual exam after the SET.
I would suggest the GL 11+tests packs if you can borrow or buy cheaply. Usually approx. £10 per pack I think & worth as answer sheets included so the child can get used to the format. Good luck!

nicp123 Tue 16-May-17 01:59:28

You can borrow mine!

MagicMarkers Tue 16-May-17 07:35:12

I think the Sutton SET is multiple choice so no creative writing. There is creative writing for the second exams (for those who pass the SET). Wallington County Grammar doesn't do a second exam, but the other schools do.

whataboutbob Tue 16-May-17 13:37:34

Thanks everyone and thank you nicp. I think I'll head to WHSmith and look out for the GL+ plus test packs.

Wimbles101 Thu 25-May-17 21:34:26

Hi I would CGP papers - they are the closest to the real thing. Bond is nowhere near the level required. Sorry for the sobering advice but if he's struggling with Bond you really need to get him up to speed.
No creative writing in SET - that only comes at the second stage.
It might be too late but Wilsons as well as Sutton and Wallington are all running mock exams this year although they get very booked up.
He needs to be scoring about 75-80% on both Maths and English CGP papers by the summer to have a realistic chance. I say this as someone who's just been through it.
Good luck!

whataboutbob Thu 25-May-17 21:41:11

Thanks Wimbles it's good to have an honest view.
He's booked in for a mock exam, I suspect it's going to be a rude awakening.
When the grammar school heads say they just need KS2 to get in - Hah!

whataboutbob Thu 25-May-17 21:56:11

Have just ordered 2 CGP English books!

Wimbles101 Sat 27-May-17 11:00:44

Yes unfortunately it's pretty tough - Wilsons second stage had level 7 Maths type questions - they just have too many boys who are able to handle GCSE type Maths.
SET was also challenging - I would say Level 6 as my son is doing some of that stuff now.

nicp123 Sun 28-May-17 18:35:27

Wimbles101...What year did Wilson's have the second stage L7 Questions?
My DS's Personal experience: Wilson's exams only difference found: a more sophisticated style of questioning and vocabulary compare to those found in SATs exams and classroom based assessments tests.
The Head teachers advise given to us over the years was very useful and accurate.
Grammar schools exams taken by our DS's were based on the National Curriculum and appropriate to the level taught in the classroom.
Other friends we have at Wilson's are not geniuses by any stretch of imagination. They were just above average in their class. Level 5 SAT's

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