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 verbal reasoning test?
A. The verbal reasoning test is being provided by GL (Granda Learning).
This consists of a Question Booklet and separate multiple choice answer sheet.
Q How is it different to previous years?
A. The new VR format is different and is not covered in the National Curriculum.
GL draw on a bank of question types, of which there are currently 21 different
question formats. Children are uncouraged to practise via a tutor and through attending mock tests.
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.
Children will be exposed to the new GL multiple choice test format, so leanring test techniques, time management etc.
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. High energy, very focused.
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 Yes we offer a range of services, Please see the link on this website
Q Are the test papers the same as the actual tests?
A As of Jan 2019, all our Mock Transfer Tests will be in a GL Multiple Choice format. We aim to replicate the actual test with all our events, based on the information available. (As of 1st Feb, it is unclear how many questions there will be in each paper)
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. This is to comply with Safeguarding requirements and to ensure we replicate a true test environment with 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 How will my child's papers be marked if they are Multiple Choice?
A Mock Transfer Tests is expereicned in teaching and supporting the GL format. MTT has invested in computer based marking equipment, similar to those used by the SW Herts Consortium and apply stringent quality control to ensure papers are accurately marked.
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.
We offer Paper Review sessions, allowing parents to attend with their child to review their papers. MTT staff will be on hand to help and advise.
If parents wish to view the South West Herts Consortium / Secondary Transfer Test FAQ's, please follow this link