8 easy Transfer Test checking tips for AQE

Transfer test checking tips
Learning how to check your work is a useful skill

Transfer Test checking tips

Many pupils gradually start to find they have some checking time once they’ve finished each Transfer Test. Whether they’ve got two minutes to spare, or ten, it’s worth working through some important check points. Here are our most useful AQE Test checking tips.

Missed a page?

This is the most important thing to check first, as soon as your child reaches the end of the test. There are page numbers on the booklet to help them make sure they haven’t turned two pages at once. It’s been done!

Missed any Transfer Test questions?

There’s no point in leaving ANY blank answers, if they’ve got time to write something. If your child really can’t figure out the answer, tell them to try a clever guess. Failing that, any old guess is better than none! You never know, it might be right.

Gone back to the tricky questions?

It’s a good idea to star/circle/mark any tricky questions on the way through the test. This means they can easily return to them at the end and think again, when inspiration might strike. If no inspiration comes, see ‘Missed any questions’ above and try a guess!

Quick glance at ‘Tick the box’ questions

Were they asked to tick just one box, or more than one? If it says tick two boxes, and your child ticks one, or three, the answer is wrong.

Spell check?

If the question says ‘Be careful with your spelling’, that means the answer MUST be correctly spelled to get the mark. As a parent, you only need to nag about spelling mistakes if the question says ‘Be careful with your spelling’. Otherwise, button it!

Maths units right?

Maths questions state what units the answer should be in, eg cm, pence, degrees and so on. In fact, the units are often already written beside the answer space. Use the clues!

Reread or check calculations?

Apart from questions that your child doesn’t understand at all, there are really only two ways to go wrong with Maths!

1 Correct method, calculation error

2 Correct calculation, wrong method

Ideally they check the method and their calculation. Realistically, very few children have time to check every question.

You might have a good idea by now which type of error your child is most likely to make. If their calculations are usually accurate, but method sometimes not quite right, they would be better rereading the question and making sure their answers make sense.

On the other hand, if they generally understand the right way to tackle a question, but are likely to make calculation errors, they should assume they’ve used the correct method and go straight to check their working out.

Reasonably neat?

Don’t sweat if your child’s handwriting isn’t perfect. As long as it’s reasonably legible, that’s enough. AQE Tests are really carefully marked by more than one person, so be reassured that exam markers see all sorts of handwriting and will go to great effort to decipher your child’s, if required!

Smile … you’re another step closer!

 

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Watch our Transfer Test checking tips video

https://youtu.be/M0SZpyfJiPk
 
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