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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2006 1:23 pm 

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Location: Birmingham
We spent a lot of time with my children before the exams making sure they understood the importance of RTFQ -


We used to turn this into a bit of a joke when we marked the papers and found they hadn't RTFQ.

On a related subject, but aimed slightly tongue in cheek some at parents using this forum, I'm sometimes inclined to response RTFFP


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2006 2:10 pm 
Thanks for that, brought a smile to me in the afternoon!!

You're dead right.

Another goodie is the double page turner. Mine has missed out two whole pages, by turning two pages in the booklet as opposed to one. So Check, Check, then DOUBLE check is my normal phrase.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2006 4:32 pm 
Failing to put your name on the front of an exam paper (not the 11+ mercifully) is another tried and tested route to failure, along which my son has blithely travelled ....


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2006 8:50 pm 

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Dear Ken

Guess what, I tell all my children that in life and in every other test they complete, they MUST read the instructions/questions......

However, for the 11 plus [ NFER VR Bucks] you do NOT read the instructions.

Quite frankly, there is no point in wasting their time, of course they look at the instructions in the very beginning, but eventually they recognise the layout of each different type.

There are three types which have 3 words in brackets on top of another 3 words in brackets, these are the only ones they need to check and then they are only looking for certain words, opposite, closest and an example displaying compound words.

Most mums have a look of horror when I tell the children that for once they dont have to read the instructions!

Please remember that Bucks have a set 21 types, that have remained unchanged for a number of years. The children start familiarisation in the summer term [ the exact type questions] and therefore if there was a sudden change it would be known.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2006 10:49 pm 

Your son is not the only one. My daughter was with one of the staff members at her school whilst she was marking this year's VR papers and said one little girl had forgotten to put her name on the paper. I always thought the children were reminded to fill in the front page properly in all exams.

In this area each Grammar school marks its area's papers - it suddenly occurred to me that the people marking the papers may recognise or know the names of some of the candidates either through personal knowledge or because they already have a sibling at the school. This member of staff actually remembered marking my daughter's paper two years ago and told her what her mark was - information we were not given at the time!


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