Frequently Asked Questions

2022 Hall-based Tests Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

These FAQs and related answers form part of our Terms and Conditions. By making a booking, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions and agreeing that we may store your personal details for the purpose of processing your application and delivering the products and services that you have booked with us.

  1. My child is not in Year 5 - can they sit the tests in 2022? No. The tests are designed for children in Year 5 who will be sitting their entrance tests in Autumn 2022.
  2. Will my personal details be shared with other organisations? We will only use your personal details to administer your account and to provide the products and services that you have requested from us. 
  3. Can I book hall-based test sessions for a friend’s child? No. The email address that you use to register and book with will be the only email address that we can correspond with. This includes dealing with any queries that you have, confirmation of candidate number(s), arrangements for the test session(s) booked and any other reminders that we send out.
  4. What if my child has any medical conditions or educational needs? If your child has any medical conditions or educational needs, it is your responsibility to notify us. You must complete the relevant box when booking, detailing how this could affect them on the day. You must also reply promptly to any emails that we send following up on your child's needs. Any subsequent change in circumstances must be notified to us by emailing mocktests@sgspta.com before the test day. Please note, we may not be able to offer some of the adjustments that your child may be entitled to in their real tests. For example, we do not offer extra time or scribes. Any new issues on the day must be communicated when checking in your child at the door.
  5. How many test sessions can I book? We are running two hall-based test sessions called tests A and B. You should only book one test A and one test B session per child. Cancellation of duplicate bookings will incur a £20 administration fee for each session cancelled. You can also book our online test (please refer to the online faqs for details of what this entails). All three tests contain different questions.
  1. What does Test session A include and when will they be held? Test session A includes a multiple choice English paper and a multiple choice Maths paper, each approximately 40 minutes long. The tests will be based on Key Stage 2 material and test a broad range of topics in a variety of ways that may be tested in the real 11+ exams. The papers do not mimic the exact format of any particular school’s exams as all schools can change their format at any point in time. Feedback includes your child’s actual and standardised score as well as an indication of how your child has performed in key areas for both Maths and English. These sessions cost £46.00 and will be held on the morning and afternoon of 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 28th and 29th May 2022.
  2. What does Test session B include and when will they be held? Test session B includes a multiple choice Maths paper (approximately 40 minutes), a multiple choice English paper (approximately 35 minutes) and an English writing task (approximately 35 minutes - see details below). The tests will be based on Key Stage 2 material and test a broad range of topics in a variety of ways that may be tested in the real 11+ exams. The papers do not mimic the exact format of any particular school’s exams as all schools can change their format at any point in time. Feedback for the multiple choice papers includes your child’s actual and standardised score, as well as an indication of how your child has performed in key areas for both Maths and English. See Q.8 below for what to expect with the writing task. These sessions cost £52.00 and will be held on the morning and afternoon of 30th July, 31st July. 1st August, 5th August, 6th August and 7th August 2022.
  3. What is the English writing task? Students will be asked to read, plan and produce their answer. We will not give out any additional information in advance as to what the task will involve. This test is not marked by us but instead, your child will bring home their answer so that you can see how they performed under exam conditions. They will also bring home some sample student answers with constructive comments as to the kind of things that schools are likely to be looking for in such a written task. We are unable to provide copies of any of these items. Make sure that you keep these somewhere safe. 
  4. Can I cancel and get a refund? Refunds are possible provided that we are able to resell your space to another parent and all processing, including their new booking, is completed by no later than two weeks before the session is due to be held. After this time, no refund will be given. There is a £20 administration fee payable per session being cancelled to cover the costs of our work. Please email mocktests@sgspta.com if you wish to cancel a session. Refunds will only be processed back to the card that was used to make the original booking. 
  5. What if my child is unable to attend on the test day?  No refund will be given. However, if your child is unwell (including testing positive for COVID-19) and you provide us with a medical certificate or the confirmation of a positive PCR test, we will do our best to offer you an alternative session if there are spaces available.
  6. Can I change my date or time? Once booked, we are not able to change your date or time and the booking is non-transferable. Please check dates of any holidays, school trips, sports days, sports fixtures, friends’ birthdays and other entrance tests etc before booking your mock test session(s). The only way to change your date or time is to book a new session, if available, and contact us to process a cancellation of your original date (See conditions above). You must inform us within 24 hours of booking your new session that you wish to cancel.
  7. Can I transfer my space to another child? No. Due to potential health and safety issues, we do not allow you to transfer your space. 
  8. Can I just drop off at the school gate? No. For health and safety reasons, there is no drop off facility by the school gates. Please park and then accompany your child for check in.
  9. Where can I park on my test date? On the test date, there will be free parking on the school site on a first come first served basis, which must be accessed via the Greyhound Road entrance. Once you have entered the school premises, you must park your car where instructed and it must remain parked for the entire test session. The school gates will be closed during the test session and reopened once all the children have left the exam hall. If you do not wish to use our free parking please do not obstruct our neighbours' drives or local roads - use the council car parks close to the school. Please be aware that parking wardens frequently patrol the area outside the school gates.
  10. Do I have to remain with my child until they enter the exam hall? Yes. You must remain with your child in the queue until we have checked your details. Please be patient as it is important that we check everyone in and allow each child time to use the toilet before they are seated in the exam hall. Children arriving without an adult will not be admitted.
  11. What happens if we are late? The tests will start promptly so please allow plenty of time to arrive and park your car. If you arrive late, your child will not be admitted to the exam hall and no refund will be given.
  12. Will I be able to settle my child in the exam room? No. As with the actual tests, you will hand over your child to us at the entrance to be taken into the exam room.
  13. Will my child be given a break between the tests? Yes. All children are given the opportunity to visit the toilet before they are taken into the exam room and are given a break part way through the session to go to the toilet and stretch their legs. They may bring a water bottle with them but no food.
  14. May I see my child's papers? No. We do not give out any of the Maths or English multiple-choice question papers or answers. However, if your child is sitting the English writing task they will bring this home (see Q8 above). 
  15. Is my child eligible for a free mock test? If your child is entitled to free school meals, you may be able to apply for a credit to be used when booking your mock test. These credits are limited in number and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please email us as soon as possible (before booking) at mocktests@sgspta.com for further details. The credit does not guarantee you a test as places are subject to availability.
  16. When will the results be available? Once all the tests for each session are over, results are standardised and posted on our website which can be accessed at www.sgsptamocktests.com The results from Test Session A should be available from mid-June and Test Session B by mid-August. These results will remain on the website until the end of October 2022 when they will no longer be available. We do not keep records past this date.
  17.  What is 'standardisation'? A standardised score is a recognised mathematical process that is used by setters of any large test to indicate the performance of any candidate against the others who took the test. It takes into account the difficulty of the test and the spread of scores so that the results on different tests are directly comparable. We do not age standardise our results. 
  1. Are the results a reflection of how my child will do in the real exams? Not necessarily. Results from the mock test must be considered in conjunction with other factors such as teachers' views, tutors' opinions, how well your child coped on the day and other relevant factors including how much progress was made in the time between the mocks and the real test date.
  2. What happens if an exam session is cancelled? We reserve the right to cancel a session due to circumstances beyond our control or other reason. In this event, our liability will be limited to the amount that you have paid us for the cancelled session. We exclude liability for damages for any claims in law including contract, negligence, tort, statute or otherwise.