For those of us applying to Nonsuch, Wallington Girls, Wallington County, Wilson's and Sutton Grammar, September is a big date in our diaries.
The S.E.T. or Selective Eligibility Test, will ultimately define the future academic path of our little ones. Lots of effort goes into preparing for this 1st stage, but if you pass, what's next?
Here are a few helpful facts about the second stage entrance exam for the Sutton grammar network.
1. The test is the same for all the schools
Whether you're sitting the NWSSEE (Nonsuch and Wallington Second Stage Entrance Exam) or the SSSEE (Sutton Second Stage Entrance Exam), the test will be exactly the same.
2. They happen on the same date
This year it's Saturday 30th September.
3. The test is not Multiple Choice
The second stage is standard format answers, no mul
tiple choice at all. This is really important as it is vital to practise sitting standard format tests before sitting the real exam. You can find dedicated second stage papers for both Maths and English on our Sutton SET page.
4. The English exam has changed radically
In previous years the Stage 2 English exam was a mix of comprehension and writing. However, because there is so much comprehension
in Stage 1 (since the updates in 2022), Stage 2 has been entirely reshaped around the National Curriculum Writing Triplets.
Writing Triplets is a very specific writing style following the rule of three.
The Sutton SET considers FOUR different writing triplets:
· Analyse, Review and Comment
· Inform, Explain and Describe
· Argue, Persuade and Advise
· Explore, Imagine and Entertain
Each of these triplets covers a different type literary type and each requires a specific structure of answer. For ex
ample, there are key differences between how you write when you argue and when you persuade, and your answer needs to reflect both.
Our Sutton SET page has 20 exam papers dedicated to Writing Triplets, specifically designed for the Sutton SET second stage. Each set includes a guide to Writing Triplets and a specific guide on how to write a successful answer for each of the four triplet types.
5. No rough or working paper is provided
Get used to using the backs and edges of your mock papers for your calculations. The only exception is in the English exam where a small planning section will be included.
6. There are no marks for your workings in Maths
Some exams offer points fo your working notes, but not on this occasion, only your final answer is considered, so make sure it is clear on the paper.
7. You must pass all 4 papers to pass the entrance exam
This is pier-based and standardised, but we recommend revising to the point of achieving 85% or above on every test.
As always, wishing you the very best in your learning journey.