Monday 30 November, 2020

11 Tips for the 11-Plus candidates



It has been a tough final term with school coming to an abrupt halt due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. The three-month shutdown has tried and tested the education system, forcing students and teachers to adapt to virtual classrooms. 

On the eve of the Barbados Secondary School Entrance Examination, commonly known as the 11-Plus Exam, hundreds of primary school-level students across the island are praying to remember what they did on practice papers and working on quieting the butterflies in their tummies. 

Aside from the encouraging and inspirational sayings, here are some practical tips on things to do before you enter the examination room. 

  1. Remember that the Common Entrance does not define who you are as an individual.
  2. Double-check that you have the necessary stationery (i.e. pencils, rulers, sharpeners, erasers) the night before. Make sure you have extra pencils. 
  3. Pack a lunch.
  4. Get a good night's rest.
  5. Don’t forget your mask!
  6. Walk with hand sanitiser! 
  7. Make sure you have a hefty and healthy breakfast.
  8. Arrive at your testing location early so you will not feel even anxious or panicked before the exam. 
  9. Walk with water because you might feel dehydrated due to your nerves or walk with mints. 
  10. Do not be afraid to ask a question if you are unsure of what you are being asked. 
  11. When you get into the examination room and the test is in front of you, take a deep breath, take your time to read carefully - No one is rushing you. Don't beat yourself about the outcome. The 11-Plus is merely one step in your journey. 

To all the candidates taking the 11-Plus examination, we at Loop Barbados are rooting for you!

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