Practice Entrance Exams at Better Tuition: 2017
Each year from February until September, Better Tuition runs monthly practice entrance examinations to help Year 5 children prepare for Trafford’s grammar school entrance exams. Our papers are tailored to the requirements of the school of your choice, including: Urmston Grammar, Stretford Grammar, Altrincham Grammar School for Boys, Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, Loreto Grammar School, Sale Grammar and St Ambrose College.
Which Format: CEM-style or GL Assessment-style?
GL Assessment-style examinations are suitable for those Year 5 students planning to sit for Altrincham Grammar School for Boys, St Ambrose College and Loreto Grammar School. These examinations will consist of three of the following papers: maths, English, verbal and non-verbal reasoning, as well as a creative writing task, where relevant.
CEM-style examinations are suitable for those Year 5 students intending to sit for Urmston Grammar, Stretford Grammar, Sale Grammar School and Altrincham Grammar School for Girls. These will consist of two, 45-minute papers that cover a combination of maths, comprehension, verbal and non-verbal reasoning.
***Please note that there is a possibility that some grammar schools may announce a change of format from GL Assessment to CEM format. If this is the case, we shall adapt the format of our examinations accordingly.***
We are experts in this area: we have several years of results from each of our papers and, although this is not an exact science, we can compare your child’s results with previous scores and make reasonable predictions about their chances of success in the grammar school entrance exams. We adhere to the highest professional standards; our papers are exclusive to our centre and your child will not have encountered them previously. You can see the high quality of our examination papers by visiting our download store, where you will find some examples, many of which are free of charge.
Practice entrance examinations take place at our Urmston tuition centre [Better Tuition] and will be running on the following Sundays in 2017:-
CEM-style Exam Dates
Our CEM-style exams will run at our Urmston tuition centre from 09.30 am until 11.30 am (with an extra session running on 18th June from 12.30 – 2.30 pm. on the following dates:
26th February 2017 (introductory)
5th March 2017(introductory)
23rd April 2017
21st May 2017
18th June 2017
16th July 2017 ***UPDATE*** Due to great demand, we shall also run this test on 23rd July 2017. PLEASE NOTE: we shall be using the same papers on both of these dates.
20th August 2017
3rd September 2017 N.B. BECAUSE OF THE IMMINENCE OF THE EXAMINATION, PARENTS/ CARERS WILL TAKE THE SEPTEMBER EXAM PAPERS AWAY ON THE DAY, TOGETHER WITH THE ANSWERS. PARENTS/ CARERS WILL THEN MARK THIS EXAM. THIS WILL ALLOW CHILDREN TO HAVE MORE IMMEDIATE FEEDBACK.
GL-style Exam Dates
Our GL-style exams (currently suitable for Altrincham Boys, Loreto and Ambrose) will take place at our Urmston Tuition Centre on the following dates:
26th February 2017 (introductory)
21st May 2017 (pm)
16th July 2017 (pm) ***UPDATE*** Due to great demand, we shall also run this test on 23rd July 2017. PLEASE NOTE: we shall be using the same papers on both of these dates.
The GL-style exams will run from 1 pm – 3.45 pm, except for the introductory test in February which will run from 09.30 am until 11.30am.
The cost of our practice entrance examinations is £40. Current customers of Better Tuition, who have attended and paid for a minimum of four lessons at the time of the exam will receive a 12.5%/ £5 discount on each exam. We will issue this as a refund after you have paid for the exam (technology is complicated!).
Paying with Childcare Vouchers, Tax Credits and/ or Universal Credit
We are an Ofsted-registered tuition centre and you may be able to pay for practice exams using childcare vouchers. You may also be able to claim back up to 70% of the cost of the examination if you are eligible for Tax Credits. Find out how to pay for practice examinations with childcare vouchers, Tax Credits and/ or Universal Credit.
If you want to book a practice entrance exam with us, you can do so online by clicking the button below. N.B. You need to know the date of the examination you wish to book. Paypal handles payment, but please note you do not need a Paypal account to pay; you can use any bank card. Please do not delay in booking as places can fill up quickly.
Papers will be marked and returned to you within a maximum of five working days.
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How do practice entrance exams help?
Practice entrance exams at the Better Tuition Centre are designed to give your child experience in sitting an extended test for grammar school entry in Trafford.
Our practice entrance exams are normally marked and available to pick up within five days.
Practice entrance exams are an excellent way to identify the areas your child still needs to cover. Call us on 0161 748 3912 or email to book your place today.
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We aim to replicate the ‘real’ entrance exams as closely as possible and our exams will identify the key areas your child needs to cover over the coming weeks.
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