1) Are you keen for your child getting into St Michaels Catholic Grammar School (SMCGS)?
St. Michael's Catholic Grammar School (SMCGS) is one of the UK's top-performing state grammar schools. St. Michael's grammar school was known as the UK's best-performing state school by yearly league table published by the Evening Standard. There is no surprise that the competition for St. Michael's grammar school for Year 7, 11 Plus entrance examination is intense. It is not a simple 11 Plus journey to acquire a place at St. Michael's grammar school.
The parents who are dedicated, who start preparing their child early from Year 3 and follow the structured study plan for their child is much more inclined to acquire a place at St. Michael's grammar school. In my many years of experience, I have seen parents who begin early from year 3. It is not about the beginning early, but the most crucial problem is planning the study properly and building the foundation. We as a mentor have time-tested strategies from the beginning, and that is the key to our success.
This guide concentrates on advice about 11 Plus entrance test, selection procedure, competition for 11 Plus entrance test for St. Michael's grammar school, the ways to prepare your child for St. Michael's grammar school tips and tricks.
2) What is the exam format for st michael's catholic grammar school entrance exam?
The St Michael’s 11 Plus Test is conducted by GL Assessment. All students are required to take the exam in the following subjects which are mentioned below:
- Verbal reasoning
- Non-verbal reasoning
Places are allocated based on performance in the entrance test, and priority given to the top scoring students. In cases of a tie break, the school will give priority to the students' scores from the verbal reasoning test rather than scores from the non-verbal reasoning test.
Currently, St. Michael's grammar school entrance exam past papers aren't available on the website but, here are some free 11 plus past papers with solutions will help your child to prepare for St. Michael’s grammar school.
Read more about school information: St. Michael’s Catholic Grammar School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Complete Guide 2019.
September 2019. We will update this date as soon as the school update it on their website.
3) How much competition is there for St. Michael’s Catholic Grammar School Entrance Exam?
There are approximately 350 applicants are applied for 96 places in St. Michael’s Catholic Grammar School for year 7. St. Michael’s Catholic Grammar School shows that the school receives 4 applications for one place leading to a ratio of 4:1.
After taking a look at all statistical information, St. Michael's Catholic Grammar School is accepting only the top 25-28% of students who've applied for 11 plus entrance test.
Additional information regarding the Entrance test / St. Michael's Catholic Grammar School 11 plus entrance test format is mentioned in a previous part of this article.
For all updated information about 11 plus exam dates and exam format, we recommend parents to visit the school website : St. Michael's Catholic Grammar School Admission Section on the school website.
We advise parents, a strict preparation on many different Maths questions, and comprehension and creative writing is utmost essential.
The next section is on how to prepare your child for st michael's catholic grammar school 11 Plus entrance exam and it will give you with more insights into 11 Plus preparation.
You will find 3000+ questions in our 11 plus past paper section which includes detail stepwise answers and every question is segregated as per the topic. The link to access these papers is given here: 11 plus past papers with solutions.
4) How to prepare for 11 Plus entrance exam for St. Michael’s Catholic Grammar School?
As discussed in the earlier section about the competition for getting a place in St. Michael’s Catholic Grammar School, this section will now give more insights about the preparation for St. Michael’s Catholic Grammar School.
Every parent in Barnet and outside barnet make sure that their child is practicing many resources and various practice books available in the market. These resources are very good for practice. But, these are not enough and do not reflect the difficulty level of what St. Michael’s Catholic Grammar School is expecting.
Most of the students in Barnett has practiced many resources available in the market. But St. Michael’s Catholic Grammar School is looking at an exceptional child, as said before only top 25 to 28% of the top students. Therefore the school while designing the papers more likely to avoid the similar language of questions or style of questions appearing in various 11 plus resources available in the market.
Furthermore, these resources do not reflect the complexity of the St. Michael’s Catholic Grammar School exam paper.
We strongly recommend parents that the children who are appearing for St. Michael’s Catholic Grammar School 11 Plus exam must be exposed to different 11 Plus Past Papers, which contains more logical, problem-solving type of questions and the language of the mathematical problems must be unique.
Every year we successfully placed many students in St Michale's Catholic Grammar School. In addition, this year our students secured 140/140 in QE boys exam and Band A in HBS. Our tutors worked very hard on complicated word problems, various styles of comprehension and creative writing, including many types of verbal reasoning questions.
We never practiced the resources which are commonly present in the market in our tutoring classes. Our Tutors
always challenged our students on more on logical problem-solving questions, lots of word problems and every question in our tutoring session was different.
Our tutors used to set up a structured homework on the 11 plus practice books and 11 plus past papers each week. Homework was marked by our tutor team and wrong questions were taught in live tutoring sessions.
Every question the student needs to solve in less than 40 sec and the time management was on the priority.
Our success formula shows that students who practiced a variety of Mathematical questions not just from typical 11 plus resource provider but from other independent school’s past papers succeed to get an entry into the St. Michael’s Catholic Grammar School.
To give an example, if you look at Manchester Grammar School Papers, the questions are tough. Also, the language of the problems is very tricky to understand even for an adult. Our students when they appeared for St. Michael’s Catholic Grammar School 11 plus exam last year told us that practicing past paper questions helped them to crack the St. Michael’s Catholic Grammar School 11 plus entrance exam and managed the time accurately to complete the paper in given time, by writing stepwise answers and showing nice and clean workout for each question.
The question above is from Manchester grammar school paper. The problem clearly shows a difficult language where many children struggle. Our stepwise solution will be helpful and develop the confidence of a child. There is time guidance so the parent can monitor the child is solving question under time pressure.
For St. Michael’s Catholic Grammar School 11 plus entrance exam, they look at the approach of a student to solve the question. Hence writing steps are extremely important. That shows examiner the thought process of child and method used to answer the questions.
We strongly recommend the parents must practice scholarship questions. The parents can find the scholarship type of questions in 11 Plus Independent school Past papers. The parents can browse at the end of each 11 plus exam paper, the difficulty level of scholarship problems is very high. Practicing these scholarship questions we have noticed that it gives a boost to a child’s independent thinking and logical approach to tackle any question. The students are not scared to see the language of the exam question when it appears in the actual exam 11 plus entrance exam in St. Michael’s Catholic Grammar School.
Also, there are many past papers along with solutions on our website. Top mathematicians write these solutions. We recommend that students use 11 Plus Past Papers with solutions to have more practice for a variety of questions which may come in their examination.
Parents are advised to print the papers from our recommended practice paper links and can give it to the student ensuring the student complete the paper under timed and exam conditions.
The parents can come back to website to mark the answers.
Solving variety of papers helps students to learn time management.
Please see below links for our highly recommended resources.
Our top mathematician tutor team has put enormous efforts to write detail solutions to each question. If you as a parent know what your child’s weak area is our system will show you all question segregated by topic, and you can practice them.
- 11 Plus Past Papers with Detailed Answers
- 11 Plus Maths Practice Papers
- 11 Plus English Practice Papers
- 11 Plus Verbal Reasoning Practice Papers
- 11 Plus Non-Verbal Reasoning Practice Papers
- 11 Plus online Mock Exams
5) How to revise for St. Michael’s Catholic Grammar School?
Here we would like to give some expert tips:
Students who are preparing for multiple schools including St. Michael’s Catholic Grammar School, the core subjects for 11 plus entrance test are Maths and English.
For St. Michael’s Catholic Grammar School 11 plus entrance exam the below revision schedule of 11 plus past papers is very helpful to clear the St. Michael’s Catholic Grammar School exam.
All students in PiAcademy used this schedule and secured a place in St. Michael’s Catholic Grammar School.
Below is a schedule we usually follow in our mathematics tutoring sessions to practise and revise the 11 plus past papers:
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Parents can go through the wrong questions with their child. As our system also shows topic wise segregated questions, it is beneficial for parents to practice more questions on the same topic and revise them frequently. In our 11 plus past paper subscription, the time guidance is given for each problem which helps parents to revise the topic questions with their children under time pressure.