Language Aptitude Test: Frequently Asked Questions
When is the test?
Saturday 15th October 2016, 10.00am
What do I need to do in order for my child to take the test?
All applicants for a Modern Foreign Language (MFL) place must complete the School’s Modern Foreign Language Aptitude Test application form. The completed form should be returned direct to the school by Friday 7th October 2016. The form can be found at the bottom of this page. Please note that this must be submitted with a passport photo of your child.
What if I can’t make this date?
It is expected that all applicants wishing to be admitted via the Language Aptitude Test should be able to make the date stated above. Only in an extenuating circumstance will an alternative date be considered. Parents with a compelling reason why they cannot make the date stated should write to the school to have their request for an alternative date considered.
How many places are allocated via the Aptitude for Languages Test?
16 from the 208 places available for entry to Year 7. Where the minimum standard for the test is reached the places will go to the 4 highest scores within each of the four bands of ability.
Does it matter where I live?
Only in the event of a tie between two or more candidates will the distance tie-break apply. Priority will be given to the child who lives nearest the school.
How do I find out my child’s band of ability?
Your primary school will notify you of your child’s band of ability in early September. This is determined from the Optional Standard Attainment Tests in reading and mathematics (SATs) that your child would have taken at in the Summer Term of Year 5. The results of the tests are used to assign your child to one of four ability bands ranging from Band A to D. D is the highest.
How long is the test? What time should we arrive at the school?
The test is expected to last for approximately 1 hour starting at 9.30am. It will consist of a written test in which patterns are to be identified. You can expect on the day of the test for your child to be at the school for longer than this to allow for the efficient organisation of the test. If demand for the test is great a number of sittings of the test will take place on the same or subsequent days. You will receive information regarding when you should bring your child to the school after you have completed and submitted your Language Aptitude Test application form by the closing date 7th October 2016.
My child is bilingual, will this help?
The test will be for aptitude in languages and will not be concerned with ability, prior learning or experience in languages.
My child’s primary school does not offer languages nor is any second language spoken at home; will this reduce his or her chances of success?
As outlined in the previous answer, the test will be for aptitude in languages and will not be concerned with ability, prior learning or experience in languages.
Are there any past papers or reading the school can recommend?
No past papers will be available from the school, given that no prior learning is necessary or considered helpful for success in the test.
My child already has a sibling at the school, should he or she sit the language aptitude test?
If the sibling will be still on the school roll at the time of the proposed admission then it is not necessary for any sibling to sit the test.
Can I find out my child’s results?
You will receive a letter notifying you of your child’s ranking within the test’s participants by 21st October 2016. If you do not receive a letter by that date then please contact the school. This ranking may inform your choice of schools but should not be viewed as a guarantee that your child will be offered a place.
Who should I contact with further questions?
Any further questions regarding the Language Aptitude Test should be made in writing to the Clerk to the Admissions’ Committee, Sir John Cass Foundation and Redcoat CE School, Stepney Way, London, E1 0RH.