Tutorproof tests can be got round with 10 minutes of practice

first_imgThey are supposed display a child’s fundamental potential, regardless of how well they have previously been taught.The UCL researchers surveyed 558 school pupils aged from 11 to 18.The participants took tests involving looking at a grid of shapes, with the final square left blank, and having to choose the correct shape to complete the pattern.In another test, described as ‘numerosity discrimination’, participants were shown two groups of different coloured dots in quick succession and had to judge which group had more dots.The average score for adolescents aged 11 to 13 improved from 60 to 70 per cent following three weeks of ten-minute training sessions. Beth Noakes, editor of the Good Schools Guide, said that even though selective schools aimed to set brand new non-verbal reasoning tests for applicants, practice always helps.“To be perfectly honest there is nothing that is tutor-proof,” she said.“Particularly the grammar schools in areas with very high demand, you have to get very high marks and the way you get good is by practice.“If you know roughly what to expect you’re going to be better.”The study also found that, while many verbal and non-verbal reasoning exercises call themselves “brain-training”, the skills developed through practice were largely non transferable. You have to get very high marks and the way you get good is by practiceBeth Noakes, Editor, Good Schools Guidecenter_img Tutor-proof” aptitude tests for elite selective schools can be got around with only small amounts of practice, new research has shown.A study by University College London found that just 10 minutes a day of online training in the weeks before a non-verbal reasoning test significantly boosted teenagers’ performance.Scientists behind the trials said the results call into question the notion that the exercises “assess the true potential of every child”.Verbal and non-verbal reasoning tests are used widely alongside Maths and English exams for entry into England’s 164 state grammar schools, which the Government has indicated it wants to expand, as well as a raft of independent schools.last_img

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