13+ 𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙧𝙮 𝙩𝙤 𝙐.𝙆. 𝙨𝙘𝙝𝙤𝙤𝙡𝙨: 𝙖 𝙩𝙮𝙥𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙡 𝙘𝙖𝙨𝙚 𝙨𝙩𝙪𝙙𝙮
Although John had received an excellent education in Hong Kong, his parents were keen for him to benefit from a British education from the age of 13. Two years before John was due to begin at a U.K. school, his parents approached Minerva Tuition for advice on gaining entry to a British boarding school.
𝘼 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙪𝙡𝙩𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 One of Minerva Tuition’s consultants undertook a consultation with John’s parents and then spent some online time with John. John had the potential to gain entry to a range of prestigious U.K. schools but it was evident that his English was not as strong as his maths.
𝙐𝙆𝙞𝙨𝙚𝙩 A more immediate problem was that John had very little experience of Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning tests which form part of the UKiset examination. This examination is required by many UK schools; it provides them with essential information on pupils who are following an overseas curriculum. After six lessons of Verbal Reasoning and Non Verbal Reasoning tuition, John performed well in the UKiset examination.
𝙋𝙧𝙚𝙥𝙖𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝙚𝙭𝙖𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 UKiset examinations are based on a multiple choice format; there is a considerable step-up in degree of difficulty for schools’ entrance examinations. For example, pupils complete written comprehension tasks on prose passages of poetry for the English examinations. Candidates may also be required to spending 40 minutes writing an essay. Consequently, with a year to go, before the entrance examinations, John began specialist tuition in English, maths and science with Minerva’s tutor, acquiring the examination techniques required.
𝘽𝙪𝙩... Each of John’s tutors commented that John was rather quiet in lessons and that he might struggle to impress in admission interviews with Headmasters. Accordingly, Minerva Tuition organised three practice interviews with teachers who had experience of U.K. schools’ admission procedures.
𝙎𝙪𝙘𝙘𝙚𝙨𝙨! Feedback from the interviewers and a strong performance in the entrance examinations enabled John to gain admission to his firstchoice school. John, his parents and his Minerva teachers were delighted.