Key Stage 2 Sats and GLs

Entrance Exams

When you are sitting an entrance exam, it is always useful to have some practise in place. An assignment and structure in your head to some obvious questions, a few great metaphors or smilies that you can drop into your creative writing. With these in place you will increase your positivity when attending the interview.
In terms of writing, there are some tools that you should try and work into your exam. If you are writing a reasoned argument – try to link in terms of PEEL: POINT, EXPLAIN, EVIDENCE and LINK. These will help to make your writing more concise and reasoned as you move through the assignment.

Make a list of what you like about the school you are applying for.

First and foremost, it’s important to get your thoughts down on paper. Jot down a list of all the reasons you like the school, from the biggest (the school has renowned activities or subjects that interest you, a great reputation etc) to the smallest (delicious cookies in the dining hall, or great school colours). It won’t be necessary for you to include every item on your list in your essay, but you’d be surprised how simply writing down your thoughts can help you write a more authentic and comprehensive response.

Show them why you’ll fit.

It’s important to remember that these questions are designed to give admission officers a better idea of who you are. Consider why you think you’d fit well with the college’s approach to academics and student life. E.g instead of writing that you’re a hard worker, explain that you would thrive in the school’s small, discussion-based class setting. Remember though, “fitting in” doesn’t mean you can’t break the status quo. Explain how your own, unique background and interests would help diversify classroom discussions and campus life.

Let’s build something great together.