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First Church of Christ, Scientist

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At Brightminds have a solid reputation in the field of selective school entrance exams and have been established in this field for 3 years.

Our tuition centre in Hale will open up its doors from December to August each year for 11 plus mock exams practice sessions. Our mock exams attract parents from all over Manchester because each mock is uniquely tailored to the CEM exam; the most popular and most challenging examination used at the majority of Trafford Grammar Schools.

For most children 11 Plus mock exams are a crucial part of the final build up of the 11 plus preparation because it provides the experience of sitting tests with a peer group, and exposes them to real exam conditions. The vast majority of children will benefit from sitting mock exams, as no matter of tuition or timed papers at home can prepare children with the necessary skills to focus and perform in real exam conditions.

Hence, even our own Year 5 students will typically sit in the region of 10-12 mock exams in the weeks leading up to the real exams. Giving children exposure to exam conditions will also reduce nerves and anxiety before the real exam. It also provides an opportunity for you to gauge your child’s performance against a peer group.

All of our mock exams papers are created in-house by subject specialist authors and teachers, to a standard that enables us reliably assess the prospects of our own students. Although the full mock exam papers are not released due to copyright, our feedback reports provide access to all questions that are skipped or incorrect, so that you may more easily identify your child's weak spots.

How many mocks should my child sit?

From experience of running courses, we recommend most children will benefit from sitting three or more mock exams. Children aged 10-11 years have little experience of exam conditions, as timed curriculum tests at school are far more relaxed and in their familiar surroundings.

Some children find even the mock exams intimidating and get very nervous and have difficulty remaining focused. We find that our own Year 5 students improve with each mock exam, and so we will usually provide several mocks during their course as well as a further three mocks with external students attending our Centre, so that they have an opportunity to sit mocks outside their normal group.

We recommend that your child's first mock exam is not left until late August, because of the risk of causing worry and distress, shortly before the real exam, if the child does not perform well. An early mock exam (around December) will give you an idea of how well your child performs amongst peers and leaves more time to address weak spots that have been identified in the feedback report.

When will we get the results?

We endeavour to send the mock exam results within 3 days after the mock exam is held. A Feedback Report will be sent by email providing you with the score, percentile ranking and feedback on the questions your child got incorrect or skipped to enable you to identify weak areas.

Do you charge extra for the Feedback Report?

All mocks include a detailed Feedback Report and we do not charge any optional extras.

What is included in the Feedback Report?


  • Your child’s percentage score for each paper.
  • Your child’s ranking in the session for each paper.
  • Your child’s ranking in the overall cohort for each paper.
  • Number of students sitting in the session and overall cohort.
  • High, Low and Average scores of the session and the overall cohort.


Will I get a copy of the mock paper?

Our mock papers are created after a lengthy process of testing so that they are as close as possible to the real exam. For reasons of copyright, the papers are not released. However, the feedback report will contain sufficient information for you to identify your child's weak spots and you will be able to view the questions that your child got incorrect or skipped.

What are the cancellation terms?

We do not operate a ‘no refund’ policy as we appreciate that cancellations are necessary for genuine reasons. Therefore we will allow cancellations up to 10 days before the scheduled mock exam subject to a cancellation fee of £20.00 for each mock exam cancelled. You will be refunded the balance of the price paid to the payment card that you used to make the Booking.

Can I change the mock exam date booked?

Subject to availability and an administration charge of £10 you will be able to change the date of the mock exam. You should request any change at least 7 or more days before the exam session you have booked.

Will I get a refund if my child is ill on the day?

We regret that we are not able to offer refunds due to illness as we are not able to sell your child's mock exam place.

What time should I arrive and collect my child?

Detailed schedule will be emailed to you approximately one week before each exam date. Usually we request that you arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the start of the mock exam to allow time for a visit to the toilet and for children to be settled in the exam room before the exam commences. Children are handed over to our staff at the point of registration. The collection time will usually be no more than 5 to 15 minutes after the scheduled finish time of the exam session.

What should my child bring?

Children should bring a pencil case with two sharpened pencils and an eraser. Water will be available in the exam room, but we recommend that your child brings a small bottle of water, as some children are often too shy to ask for water. No snacks are allowed during the toilet break between test papers.

Can I accompany and settle my child in the exam room?

No. As with the real exam, in most cases, parents do not accompany their children to the exam room. Children are handed over at the point of registration.

Is there a break between test papers?

Yes, usually this will be 10-15 minutes similar to the real exam in most areas. Children can stretch their legs and attend the toilet, but they are not permitted to eat snacks.

Can I see my child during the break?

No, the Exam Centre will be closed for the duration of the mock exam. Parents should not return to the Centre earlier than 5 minutes before the exam is due to finish.

What happens if we are late?

There is no need for you to telephone us if you are running late because the mock exam will commence promptly at the advertised time in any case. Any child arriving late may be allowed to enter the exam room but will not normally be given extra time to finish the paper due to the tight schedule.

Do you have Health and Safety procedures?

The mock exam will take place either at our own premises, or another venue, in a safe and controlled environment that complies with all health, safety and fire regulations. We also have CCTV in operation throughout our premises as well as security staff for the building. All our staff have DBS clearance and there will usually be at least one or more staff member on duty with first aid training. Children will remain at all times under the supervision of staff.

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55 Ashley Road

Altrincham

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WA14 2LS

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