Selective School Test Preparation | The #1 mistake that fails most students
To get into selective schools, one must have emotional maturity. This is one of the biggest obstacles that is stopping your child from achieving their dream school. In one of our recent sample tests, we had many kids scoring between 6-9 out of 10. Few students scored below 5. The only thing that separated the kids who got the highest scores from kids who got the lowest scores was not their English ability, but simply their ability to understand emotions. If you want to ace selective and scholarship exams, especially reading comprehension, you need to understand emotions. And here’s why.
If you look at the recent exams from 2015 to 2019 for the selective and scholarship exams, the hardest sections have always been reading and writing. If you ask any older children who’ve done these exams, they’ll always tell you that the reading and writing sections were where they suffered the most. Most kids tend to get pretty good marks in GA as long as they read and go to local coaching centers. Most of the time, the students fail to concentrate on reading and writing during their preparation period, only to find the reading and writing sections extremely difficult during the actual exams. If you ask these students why they found the reading and writing section extremely difficult, they usually complain about the numerous inference questions and emotional questions.
From this, we can tell that most students lack emotional maturity, which is the ability to differentiate between two emotions. When you ask most kids to differentiate different emotions, they can only determine whether an emotion is positive or negative while they cannot specify what emotion they feel. That’s why you need to get your child to understand the differences between the emotions because 90% of selective school questions in poetry and fiction are completely emotional questions. Your kids might understand the passage well but still fail simply because they don’t understand the emotions. You should therefore ask yourself if the training that your child is receiving is helping them understand the emotions.
Have a look at the questions contained in the basic books they are using. If they’re just main idea, reference, or definition questions, which only require shallow reasoning skills, you need to replace them with emotion-based learning materials. Remember, if you want your child to ace the selective test and get really good results in English and writing, you need to help them understand emotions.