We aim to make sure that all of the children feel at ease taking the tests at Friends’.  To that end, we are holding a Familiarisation Afternoon on Friday 20th October in preparation for the tests which take place in 2017.

Pupils registered to sit the tests at Friends’ School will receive a letter from us giving details of the Familiarisation Afternoon and enclosing the Friends’ School Registration Card which shows the room where they are taking the test.

Familiarisation Afternoon

Friday 20th October 2017.

Please note the timings for the Familiarisation Afternoon below.  We wish to avoid disruption to primary schools, and, unless travelling a significant distance, pupils should not need to leave school early on the Friday afternoon.

Please aim to arrive at School for 3.30pm (The Assembly Hall will be open from 3.20pm) Registration will take place from 3.40pm Pupils will go to their exam room as if the test was beginning at 4.15pm Pupils will return to their parents in the Assembly Hall at 4.30pm. Parents are asked to remain in the Assembly Hall from arrival until 4.30pm

What should pupils bring on the familiarisation afternoon?

As on each test morning, pupils should bring:

• The AQE admission card

• The Friends School Registration Card (this will be posted out to parents)

• 2 Pencils and 1 Rubber

What will happen on the familiarisation afternoon?

After registering in the Assembly Hall, pupils go through to the Gym and then are taken to their exam room as on the test mornings.  There, they will be shown to the desk which they will use for each of the Assessment papers.

Once the children are seated in their exam room, the invigilator will make sure that all the desks and chairs are suitable and check all have their exam card, pencils and a rubber. The invigilator will then explain the procedure to be followed when the children are taking the assessments. The aim is to make children feel at ease and to get them used to following the instructions that will be issued on the test mornings. The children will be given out a sample paper, will see how they write their details on the front page and may do one or two questions.  The paper will then be taken in and no further use made of it.  After completing this short exercise, at around 4.30 pm, the children will be brought back to the Assembly Hall to the block where you are seated.