Parents eager to give their children a head start in their National Tests, can use QCA National Test Papers which feature real Test questions as part of their revision plan.
All children in state education at ages 6-7, 10-11 and 13-14 are obliged to sit National Tests and The Official National Tests practice packs, published by BBC Worldwide, include the actual 2004 National Test papers for Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 as well as easy-to-use guides which feature the marking scheme for the Tests.
The Test packs for Key Stage 1 feature a mixture of questions taken from Official Tests carried out over previous years following recent DfES changes Key Stage 1 testing arrangements.
There are seven packs in total and they are the only practice tests produced in conjunction with the QCA - Qualification and Curriculum Authority - the Government body that actually sets the papers. The range includes official Test questions and answers for:
KS1 English and Maths National Tests
ages 6-7, £9.99 each
KS2 English, Maths and Science National Tests 2005
ages 10-11, £9.99 each
KS3 English, Maths and Science National Tests 2005
ages 13-14, £11.99 each
The booklets are written in a straight-forward style and are broken up into sections featuring charts, boxed text and diagrams that help make the material absolutely clear.
The Tests can be used informally as parent and child work through the questions together to help the student learn specific subject knowledge. Or they can be used formally by simulating Test conditions in order to help students become familiar with the format and structure of examinations.