Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
The following frequently asked questions (FAQ's) are presented in sections. These are:
1. FAQ relating to the services and courses provided by Mock Transfer Tests
2. SW Herts / Secondary Transfer Tests
Mock Transfer Test FAQ
Q. What is the new verbal reasoning test?
A. The new verbal reasoning test is being provided by CEM (The Centre of
Excellence and Monitoring (CEM) part of Durham University.
Q How is it different to previous years?
A. The new VR format is less reliant on the variety of VR techniques previously
used, and appears to be more focused on comprehension skills and an
awareness of a wider vocabulary. Click here for more details.
Q. What is the benefit of attending the mock transfer sessions?
A. Your child will be able to experience what a real test environment is like. This will help to develop their confidence while helping to reduce their nerves and anxiety of sitting in a formal test without the worry of the consequences of getting it wrong.
In addition these sessions will help to identify areas where parents can help their child in preparing for the actual tests, through the use of supporting material.
Q What is the benefit of attending the Revision and Preparation course?
A These sessions are aimed at helping to shake off the summer holiday cobwebs ready to sit the actual tests in Sept.
Q Why are schools not providing this service?
A Schools are encouraged not to provide direct support for these tests as it is felt the tests should reflect a snapshot of a child's ability. Unfortunately while most aspects of the maths is covered under the national curriculum, verbal reasoning is not.
Q How can I help my child close any gaps identified during the mock tests?
A We can advise on how best to support your child and provide a number of books that parents can use with their child at home to help close the gaps.
Q Will you be providing tutoring services?
A We are developing our services, and this will depend on the level of interest and how we can meet the demand. We will keep parents informed.
Q Are the test papers the same as the actual tests?
A The verbal reasoning tests follow the CEM format set by SW Herts Consortium test, papers are written by Mock Transfer Tests. Maths papers are provided by GL Assessment.
Q What does my child need to bring to the mock tests?
A Your child needs to bring pencils, ruler and rubber. Refreshments will be provided to minimise distractions.
Q Can parents stay at the venue during the sessions?
A Unfortunately there is no accomodation for parents during the sessions. Plus we aim to replicate a true test environment so need to minimise distractions.
Q What if my child becomes poorly during the sessions?
A By ensuring we have all contact details, parents will be contacted to collect their child early if necessary.
Q When will papers be marked?
A Papers will be marked by us and results emailed to parents within 4 working days. This will provide a score based on how your child performed in the test and their ranking based on all those who attended the session.
Q What if I want more detailed feedback and direction on how to help my child.?
A We offer Parent consultations where a tutor can talk through the test papers to provide more detailed analysis and suggest areas of development.
South West Herts Consortium / Secondary Transfer Test FAQ's
The following Frequenrtly Asked Questions (FAQ) are aimed at helping clarify the secondary transfer process and tests. These are based on questions we've been asked but are not a definative list and are subject to change. For more information please see the South West Herts and participating schools websites.
Q Why do I need to register with South West Herts ?
A To be eligible for your child to sit the tests, you need to register before the deadline.
Q Who decides where children take their test?
A The South West Consortium administer the tests and will decide where children take their test.The venue of the test centre is based on geographical location and has nothing to do with school preference.
Q What does my child need to take with them to the tests.
A Two pencils, a rubber and a ruler to use as a straight edge only A drink and snack to have during the break.
Q What happens if my child is not able to attend the academic test?
A. Those unable to attend on this date owing to compelling religious, medical or other reasons should notify the Admissions Officer at the allocated test centre as soon as possible and the applicant will be offered one alternative date.
Q. What should I do if my child is ill on the day of the tests?
A You should notify the test centre as soon as possible and the applicant will be offered one alternative date.
Q What happens if I do not submit a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) to my selected schools?
A Schools will not know about your application and will, therefore, be unable to consider your child for a place in Year 7.
Q What happens if I do not submit a Common Appliction Form (CAF) to South West Herts authority?
A Even if you take the Academic and/or Music tests, schools will not be able to offer your child a place.
Q What tests do the children take?
A If your child is applying under the Academic Criterion then the tests are in
Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning.
Mathematics: This part of the test will take 50 minutes and consists of 50
Verbal Reasoning: This part of the test will take 60 minutes, covering a
number of different timed sections.
Optional addtional tests consist of:
Music Test: The test will consist of 60 questions in four sections: Pitch, Melody,
Rhythm and Texture. A limited number of applicants will be invited back to
perform a single piece on their chosen instrument or vocally. This will be a free
choice of piece, which should last no longer than three minutes. As there is a
free choice of instrument and piece, it will give candidates of all abilities and all
cultures equal opportunity to succeed.
Sports Test: The test is based on the Eurofit test and consists of seven events.
Technology Test: The test will consist of two tests, one Spatial Reasoning and
one Non-Verbal Reasoning.
Q. What if I am offered a school that I do not want?
A. Parents need to decide if they wish to accept or reject the school thye have been offered. Guidelines are provided on this in the leaftlet provided by schools called "Moving On". For more information please see the Herts Direct website.