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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:31 pm 
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this is my first post on this forum- my DS is preparing for SO this year, and being home tutored by me. We made him sit the St.Olaves mock, and the results seem to suggest he is in high 80s% of the total boys' cohort.
Would like to seek advise from the parents of past or present St. Olave candidates, whether this would be a good enough score for us to feel that he has a good chance to get in; or would you say that at this percentile, we shouldn't rather push him for St Olaves but stick to relatively lesser taxing exams? I know every single year is different; and the mock test is just that- a Mock and a lot could change between now and the actual test date; its just that doing it all alone means that we seem to be in a cocoon and not knowing whether its even worth the effort he is putting in can be tiresome.

He is quite a bright child, but a sensitive one too. He has somehow (possibly my fault) set hopes on getting into St Olaves. We don't want him to feel the angst of failure at such a tender age, and thus if the percentile rank on the Mock test would indicate that he possibly has an uphill battle ahead; I would rather start mentally preparing him from now onwards. On the other hand, if it means that he may be in the touching distance, I would continue to positively challenge his abilities even more; and focus/work on the areas which he apparently fared less well on.

Surprisingly the result we got section wise was bang opposite of what I have seen as his natural strength while doing practice questions, past papers etc. at home - he fared relatively poorly in sections which he excels at usually, and did exceptionally well in his usual stumbling blocks!


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:38 am 
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I think being in the high 80s percentile is a good indication. Of course, the competition for places at St. O is quite tough as so many bright students take the exam. All the best to your son.


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Hi
this is my first post on this forum- my DS is preparing for SO this year, and being home tutored by me. We made him sit the St.Olaves mock, and the results seem to suggest he is in high 80s% of the total boys' cohort.
Would like to seek advise from the parents of past or present St. Olave candidates, whether this would be a good enough score for us to feel that he has a good chance to get in; or would you say that at this percentile, we shouldn't rather push him for St Olaves but stick to relatively lesser taxing exams? I know every single year is different; and the mock test is just that- a Mock and a lot could change between now and the actual test date; its just that doing it all alone means that we seem to be in a cocoon and not knowing whether its even worth the effort he is putting in can be tiresome.

He is quite a bright child, but a sensitive one too. He has somehow (possibly my fault) set hopes on getting into St Olaves. We don't want him to feel the angst of failure at such a tender age, and thus if the percentile rank on the Mock test would indicate that he possibly has an uphill battle ahead; I would rather start mentally preparing him from now onwards. On the other hand, if it means that he may be in the touching distance, I would continue to positively challenge his abilities even more; and focus/work on the areas which he apparently fared less well on.

Surprisingly the result we got section wise was bang opposite of what I have seen as his natural strength while doing practice questions, past papers etc. at home - he fared relatively poorly in sections which he excels at usually, and did exceptionally well in his usual stumbling blocks!


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:25 pm 
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I think high 80's at this stage is good. Have you had the overall result yet of where he sat in the whole cohort of children that sat the mock?


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:24 pm 
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I think to be in top 20% is quite good at this stage.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:18 pm 
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Thanks a lot Qusay02, grgygirl and olucares for the encouragement. Much relieved now and can fcus back on getting my DS hone his skills. We took this one week off so that he could recuperate, relax and enjoy the world-cup.. but alas...

would start in earnest next week now..


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