Mock Test Day FAQ

Mock Test Day FAQ

Thank you for your interest in Chuckra's Mock Exam Days.

Please see the frequently asked questions about Chuckra Test Days below - split by info needed before booking and more details for on the day of the mock test.

Before Booking

We've tried to cover all queries you might have, but if we have missed something, please do not hesitate to contact us with your query.

Why should my child attend?

A big part of success in any exam is staying calm on the day and performing to one’s best ability.

Chuckra Mock Test Days can help with overcoming exam day nerves, building confidence, perfecting exam technique and highlighting any aspect of exam conditions that may cause your child to feel uneasy if experienced for the first time, such as...

  • mock_test_sessionspotential distractions by other students (coughing, sneezing, muttering to themselves, leg shaking, leaving the hall etc.)

  • potential distractions by invigilators (walking past, whispering, moving papers)

  • time management (potential difference in time shown on the exam hall clock and a student's watch)

  • management of toilet breaks

  • filling in personal info and student number

  • reading and/or listening to instructions etc.

Where & when are the Mock Test Days?

See: Official Chuckra Mock Test Centres for dates, session times and venue address.

Already made a booking? LOG IN to your PARENT/TUTOR account and go to My Mocks to check your bookings. 

What is the structure of a Mock Test Day?

Morning Session*09:40 - 12:30
09:40Session Opens - Student Registration
10:00Test: 11+ English Comprehension & Verbal Reasoning (VR)
11:00Break for 20 minutes
11:20Test: 11+ Numerical (Maths) & Non-verbal / Spatial Reasoning (NVR)
12:30End of session

Students can only attend one session per day as the same tests are used a.m. and p.m.

Afternoon
Session*
13:40 - 16:30
13:40Session Opens - Student Registration
14:00Test: English Comprehension & Verbal Reasoning (VR)
15:00Break for 20 minutes
15:20Test: 11+ Numerical (Maths) & Non-verbal / Spatial Reasoning (NVR)
16:30End of session

* PLEASE NOTE: 
The session structure might vary slightly across Test Centres i.e. Saturday/Sunday and morning/afternoon accordingly. 

See: Official Chuckra Mock Test Centres for the session structure at your chosen venue.

What about Creative Writing?

Creative Writing will be included at Chelmsford (Essex), Tonbridge (Kent) and Canterbury(Kent) Test Centres only. In addition to providing creative writing as part of the mock exam, we are offering something even better - a Writing Feedback Service for use throughout the year.

Can my child attend more than one mock test day?

Yes. It is often beneficial to do so, as this provides the opportunity for your child to familiarise themselves with the process on the 1st day and then to have another opportunity to build on aspects that may have been highlighted as areas for improvement. Chuckra Educational is publishing four unique sets of exam papers for 2018 so your child can attend a maximum of four Chuckra 11+ Mock Exam Days.

Are the same test papers used on each day?

Chuckra Educational will provide four sets of mock papers (Tests A, B, C, D) which have been specifically written for Chuckra 11+ Mock Test Days and are not publicly available. Therefore, your child will be able to attend a maximum of four test days and complete a different set of papers on each day.

Each set of papers includes English & Verbal Reasoning, Numerical & Non-verbal Reasoning (including Spatial Reasoning). It does not matter in which order these papers are sat as all four sets are similar in difficulty.

NB: Some venues will hold more than 4 mock days to offer different dates for attendance, so be careful not to book the same papers twice. The same papers will also be used at the different venues, so if you intend for your child to attend days at more than one venue, please ensure you select the correct set of tests (A/B/C/D) at each venue to avoid them sitting the same tests again. 

What is the time allowed for each paper?

There are two tests per exam day. Each test is split into sections which are timed separately, but the total time for each test is 45-50 minutes

See: Must my child do all subjects at a mock test day?

Are the test papers in standard or multiple-choice format?

The 11+ mock tests are all multiple-choice papers. 

Here is an example of how some of the answer blocks need to be filled in...

11plus-answer-blocks-examples

In most areas, eleven plus exams are marked by a computer, so it is important to complete the multiple-choice answer sheets correctly. Although easy to do, many students have not quite perfected this and could potentially lose marks due to poorly filled out answer sheets. For example, lines which are too light or thin can get missed in the marking process. Watch this short video to help encourage good answer sheet technique...
 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6aY9h7tSCQ

 See: Suitable for CEM / GL Assessment / other exam publishers? 

My child will be set a Standard format paper in their real exam. Can they still attend?

Yes. The types of questions and level of questions in 11+ Multiple-choice papers and Standard format papers are very similar, so your child can certainly still benefit from the experience a mock test can provide. However, it is important that you clearly explain to your child that they will be expected to answer on a multiple-choice answer sheet. If you have not already been working through some multiple-choice papers at home, please print one from 11plus.co.uk and complete it at home prior to attending a mock test session to ensure your child is comfortable with multiple-choice answer sheets.

Are the mock tests suitable practice for CEM (uni of Durham), GL Assessment (formerly nferNelson) and/or other examining boards?

Yes, Chuckra has carefully analysed the types of questions and core skills being assessed by the major exam publishers when producing our challenging, high quality papers to provide the perfect opportunity for students, preparing for any 11 plus exam (CEM, GL Assessment, Moray House, CSSE and more), to overcome exam nerves whilst being assessed in a good cross-section of skills.

A child preparing for success in any 11 plus exam (selective test) should: 

  • Have strong core skills in English (incl. a large vocabulary), maths (incl. speedy arithmetic) and reasoning (verbal, non-verbal & numerical).
  • Be comfortable to read or listen to instructions carefully and answer question types which they have or have not seen before.
  • Manage their time effectively in an exam of any length.
  • Stay calm and focussed under exam conditions while working speedily and accurately.

Chuckra mock test days are highly recommended by parents & tutors in all regions as an invaluable experience for all concerned - student, tutor and parent.

https://youtu.be/Ynv4aAnj21o

Read more about CEM (Durham) tests

Must my child do all subjects at a mock test day?

chuckra-11plus-mock-test-2Yes. The test session includes test papers covering Mathematics & Numerical Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning (NVR), English (Comprehension) and Verbal Reasoning (VR) because this provides a better evaluation of your child's abilities and we can therefore give you a more in-depth report of your child's strengths and weaknesses and most importantly insight into their 'readiness', compared to their peers, to pass their selective tests and go on to succeed in a challenging selective school environment.

It allows your child the chance to attempt curriculum based questions in English and maths as well as non-curriculum specific reasoning questions. Taking both tests also allows students to master their time management and develop their ability to stay calm even if faced with some question types they have not seen before.

Even if your child's real eleven plus exam does not include all of the subjects commonly tested in 11+ exams, there is a lot of cross-over in the core skills required to complete each exam and there is great value in analysing your child's scores across all the subjects when assessing their exam performance and areas requiring further work. 

Seeing that the driving force behind all LEAs recently considering/making changes to their current exams is to adopt exams which have a wider scope in an effort to test candidates more broadly and reduce the influence of excessive coaching on the selection process, we strongly believe it is best for all students (no matter which region) to attend test days covering all the subjects and hence Chuckra Mock Test Days in 2018 have been carefully planned to provide high quality mock exams which are suitable (and affordable) for all students who want to secure a place at their local Grammar or Independent selective school.

What about Creative Writing?

Creative Writing will be included at Chelmsford (Essex), Canterbury (Kent) and Tonbridge (Kent) Test Centres only. In addition to providing creative writing as part of the mock exam, we are offering something even better - a Writing Feedback Service for use throughout the year.

What practice should my child do before attending?

It is advisable to make use of the 2009, 2010, 2014 - 2016 Mock Test Papers available in COAsT if you wish to assess your child's ability now. This way, any weaker areas can be improved before the Mock Exam Days. 

The 11 plus Exam FAQ also provides more guidance on how to prepare for 11 plus exams.

Register for free as a Parent or Tutor on 11plus.co.ukWhen will we get the results?

The mock test papers will be marked and made available for review in COAsT (Chuckra Online Assessment Tool) so you can go through each test at home with your child. Please allow 2-3 days from the test date to access your child’s tests & results in COAsT.

Please do NOT email or call requesting the results prior to 3 days after the test date.

Must I pay anything to register on 11plus.co.uk and receive feedback from the Mock Test Session in COAsT?

No. Your child just needs to have a free account for you to book a mock place, review their mock tests and receive feedback online in COAsT.

Buying credits for COAsT is required if you would like to view detailed analysis and your child's rank compared to other students on all other online premium tests (including past mock tests) and other quality practice tests.

What is the cost of attending a mock test session?

mocks-special-2016-v01Only £70 (including VAT) per mock exam session.

SPECIAL OFFER currently available: 

Book Today and GET for FREE...

  • A set of Letts revision resources (given at the test centre).
  • A printable Parent's Guide to 11 Plus by Letts (pdf) with a 10% discount code for further Letts resources.
  • A set of super handy, printable Core Skills Booster Worksheets.
  • £10 credits to try last year's mock exams online AND one year's access to around 5000 top quality online practice questions with full feedback - explanations, results and comparative analysis - in the new Question Shuffle feature of COAsT (The Ultimate Assessment Tool).

Each session includes tests covering VR and English, NVR and Numerical Reasoning (Maths) PLUS access (within 2-3 days) to...

  • Your child’s marked tests, results & rank (comparison to peers) online.

  • Summary of your child's strengths & areas in need of improvement.

  • Explanations for each question while reviewing the test.

  • Detailed feedback reports and analysis of the group's performance.

Each session is 2 hours 50 minutes and your child will sit two 45-50 minute test papers in the session.

Also see: Are the same test papers used on each day? and What is the structure of a Mock Test Day?

What is the Refund/Cancellation/Amendment Policy?

Mock Exam Bookings can be cancelled up to 8 days prior to the scheduled mock exam session, subject to a cancellation fee of £25 for each mock exam session. The balance of the price paid will be refunded to the card used to make the original booking.

Since spaces are limited, any cancellations made later than 8 days prior to the scheduled mock session are NON-REFUNDABLE. We regret that we cannot refund session bookings within the 8 day period prior to a mock exam day unless the test day in question is cancelled by us or details of the test day are significantly changed by us (for example, time, venue, date etc).

Mock Exam Bookings can be changed to a different date up to 8 days prior to the scheduled mock exam session originally booked. Date changes are subject to availability and will incur an amendment fee of £8 for each session change. 

Any other booking amendment by you to an existing booking is subject to an Administration Fee of £8.

How can I book a place for my child at one of the mock test days?

Chuckra's 11+ Mock Exam Days 2018 are NOW BOOKING.

Results and feedback for the 2018 Chuckra Mock Test Days will be provided via our online system called COAsT. Therefore, all mock test attendees and their Parent / Tutor must have an 11plus.co.uk account - it's free, don't worry!

Register for free as a Parent or Tutor on 11plus.co.uk

To book a Chuckra 11+ Mock Test place, follow these steps...

  1. REGISTER as a Parent / Tutor on 11plus.co.uk
  2. Add a Student to your Parent / Tutor account
  3. Bookings will reopen in Feb 2019

Note: If you have already registered your child to use COAsT then you can skip steps 1 & 2. Just be sure to LOG IN to your Parent / Tutor account before trying to book.

See: Pricing of Mocks

Need more help? Watch this video on how to book a mock exam...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFfpyW79jYQ

How can I get my free gifts?

Free COAsT Credits & Question Shuffle

Once you have completed your mock exam booking, your student will have immediate access to Question Shuffle in their Student account.  They can start practising by clicking 'Do New Question' on the Student Dashboard in 'My 11 Plus'.

You must be logged in to your Parent account to use your free credits to assign COAsT Tests to your Student. You can assign any tests, but if you want to find the 2017 Mock Tests, simply search for '2017' in the search box in COAsT.

To view your credit balance go to My 11Plus and click on My Credits in the Dashboard tab.

Need more help? Watch the video about assigning tests in the COAsT Tests FAQ.

Free Core Skills Booster Worksheets

The core skills booster worksheets were included when you made the mock booking, so you should also have received a link to download the worksheets in your order confirmation email, or you can access the free worksheets online like this...
Log in to your Parent/Tutor account
Go to My 11Plus > Dashboard > My Account > My Downloads 
Click on the link to the worksheets

Free Letts Resources

You can download a Parents Guide to 11 Plus (pdf) by Letts and get your discount code for 10% off further Letts resources in your Parent/Tutor account by going to: Get your free mock booking gifts

The free Letts practice papers / revision resources must be collected from an official Chuckra test centre on the day of your student's mock exam. You will receive one of these titles at each mock exam day (while stocks last)...

Letts – 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Quick Practice Tests Age 10-11

Letts – 11+ English Practice Test Papers – Multiple-Choice

Letts – 11+ Vocabulary Results Booster

Letts – 11+ Practice Test Papers (Get Ahead) for the CEM Tests Inc. Audio Download


On the day of the Mock Test

What must my child take to the mock test session?

Please ensure your child arrives with a few pencils, a good eraser and a good night’s sleep. Stationery should be carried into the exam room in a clear plastic pencil case / bag or no bag at all.

There is a 20 minute break during which your child will have a chance to step outside the exam room, take a quick toilet break and enjoy a drink or snack so students should also bring a packed snack (if desired) and drink for during the short break.

What proof of booking is required?

Please ensure you have your child's 11plus.co.uk Student Number to speed up registration at the test centre.

Simply LOG IN to your Parent / Tutor account and then go to My 11 Plus > My Mocks to be shown your child's Student Number next to their mock  booking.

You should also receive a reminder email (stating your child's Student Number) 1-2 days before the event which can be printed, or shown on your phone, as proof of your booking on the day of the mock exam.

NOTE FOR TUTORS: If you made the booking for a Student, please ensure you pass on the Booking & Venue Details to their parents accordingly. If they are a 'Viewer' on the student account, they will receive the above reminder email too.

chuckra-11plus-mock-test-3May I settle my child in the exam room?

Registration will take place at the entrance to the exam room. You will not be allowed to accompany your child into the exam room itself.

What time must we arrive?

All students must be ready to enter the exam room when the session opens. Therefore, please ensure you arrive 10-20 minutes prior to the start of the session to ensure you are able to find parking and get to the registration table in time.

It is important to allow time for a quick visit to the toilet just before the session too. Facilities are at the exam room.

Can I wait at the Test Centre while my child sits the test?

There is unfortunately no facility within the test centres for parents to wait, however there are usually a selection of interesting coffee shops or restaurants in close proximity to each venue.

Can I see my child between tests?

Unfortunately not, as this does tend to cause disruption to the flow of the session. So we ask that parents do NOT return until the end of the session.

When should my child be collected?

All students must be collected promptly at the end of the mock session. Seeing that our staff will have to wait with students, a charge of £10 per 15 minutes will apply for any students who have not been collected within 10 minutes after the session ends.

See: Official Chuckra Mock Test Centres for dates, session times and venue address.

I have another question, who should I contact?

Please either contact us by completing the online form (recommended) or call the office on 020 8123 7911 to speak to Malcolm who will do his best to assist you.

After attending a Mock Exam Day

When will the results be available?

Please allow 2-3 days from the test date for the results to be released, although it is often quicker than this. However, please do NOT email or call requesting the results prior to 3 days after the test date.

The results/feedback for the writing section, which is only included at some test centres, will generally be released 1-2 days after the results for the other papers.

How do I access the results feedback?

Log in to your Parent/Tutor account and then go to My 11 Plus > My Mocks and click the blue 'Results' button to view the results and mock exam feedback page.

How can I view the actual questions on the test?

The mock test papers will be marked and made available for review in COAsT (Chuckra Online Assessment Tool) so you can go through each test at home (online) with your child.

You can review the full test and the answers your student chose by clicking on the link to the test which is below the title of each paper on the results feedback page OR  click on 'review' for that test on the 'Activity Tab' in 'My 11 Plus'. When you click to review the test, the test will open for you to review online (including explanations).

Can my student redo the exam paper?

Since it is much more efficient only to work on the questions a Student gets wrong as opposed to spending time redoing questions they already got correct, all questions which your student got wrong or missed out will be added to their bank of Retry Questions so they can try them all again online (untimed) by clicking the 'Retry Questions' button on their Dashboard when logged in to their Student account.

Bookings will reopen in Feb 2019