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MOCK Tests

  • Comprehension
  • Mathematics
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning

Mock Test Results - frequently asked questions

When will I get my child’s results?

Results will generally be available within two weeks after your child has taken the mock test. It takes this time as the answer sheets are sent for automated marking by machine and the results are then analysed individually and sent to you.

How will test results be presented?

You will be sent a personalised e-mail with details of your child’s performance in the test. The summary will mention:

  • Total correct answers
  • Total incorrect answers
  • Total questions not attempted
  • Percentage rank within cohort (where 100 is the best possible rank)
  • Percentage rank within same sex within cohort (where too 100 is the best possible rank)
  • You will also receive similar details across each of the four sections: English Comprehension, Mathematics, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning that will help you determine the relative strength of your child in each area as well as identify where they need additional support.

    At the end of the entire series of mock tests for the year, similar percentage ranks will be provided to you, taking into account the entire population who have taken the test.

    How should I interpret the percentage rank?

    Entry to Grammar School is typically dependent upon how well your child does as well as how well all other candidates do. It is for this reason we provide you with a percentage rank within the cohort who sat the exam at the same weekend as your child. While it is never possible to replicate the exact parameters that your child will face in their actual admission test, you can use the results as an approximate indicator. We provide percentage rank within same sex within the cohort in case your child’s first preference school is a single sex school.

    Why do you give percentage rank rather than absolute rank?

    As the number of children at the mock tests we arrange varies by session, to enable for meaningful comparison, we use a percentage rank rather than absolute rank. This standardises the results as if exactly 100 children sat the test and gives your child’s rank amongst these, where a rank of 100 is the highest possible.

    What if my child has a high percentage rank in one section and a low rank in another?

    You can use these indicators to see whether there is one or more section(s) in which your child may benefit from some additional support.

    Which is more important, the cohort percentage rank or the population percentage rank?

    The cohort percentage rank gives you a comparison at a point in time. If others have taken the test later, they have had more time to prepare and their results will be included in the population percentage rank. Conversely, if your child has taken the test later, he or she may have had more time to prepare than those who have taken the test much earlier. Therefore the cohort percentage rank is likely to give you more information in relation to the kind of support from which your child may benefit.

    Will the cohort or full population at a mock test be similar to those sitting the real test?

    Unfortunately there is no way to know or predict this.

    My child is born in August. Do you standardise scores by age?

    Like many actual Grammar School tests, we do not standardise scores by age. If your child sits a Grammar School test that standardises scores by age and they are born in August, they may get a benefit over others with the same percentage rank who are born many months earlier.

    Can I get information on the specific questions that my child struggled with?

    While we provide you with overall information, we are not able to provide this analysis

    My child was unable to answer a number of questions. What should I do?

    Practice often helps a child to answer questions more quickly.

    Can I get a copy of the test questions?

    For copyright reasons we will not be distributing the test questions.

    Should I enrol my child for another test date to get more practice?

    There will be no additional value for you so we do not recommend this.

    Are past papers available for practice?

    Past papers are not available for practice. However, there are sample questions on the St. Olave’s Grammar School website available by clicking here . Sample test papers can be bought from the school during the Open Day.


    Please note that the Mock Tests are being organised and run exclusively by the St. Olave’s Parents’ Association. Therefore, please direct any queries to the Parents’ Association and not to the School.