Tutor-proof” aptitude tests for elite selective schools can be got around with only small amounts of practice, new research has shown.
A study by University College London found that just 10 minutes a day of online training in the weeks before a non-verbal reasoning test significantly boosted teenagers’ performance.
Scientists behind the trials said the results call into question the notion that the exercises “assess the true potential of every child”.
Verbal and non-verbal reasoning tests are used widely alongside Maths and English exams for entry into England’s 164 state grammar schools, which the Government has indicated it wants to expand, as well as a raft of independent schools. Read more