Kaptagat Prospectus 1969

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  The boys Common Entrance Examination is held three times a year; June for entry to the Public School in September, November for entry in January and February for entry in May. The normal month for sitting the examination is June.
    The examination is marked by the school for which the child is entered. Not only do marking standards vary from school to school but a good mark for one school may be rated as a poor one for another. Normally an average of 50% is expected — Mathematics, English and French being the major passing subjects — but some of the more difficult schools require 60% and it has been known for some schools to offer a place on a 30% pass.
  The Preparatory School makes Application for the Boys' Common Entrance Examination papers.
  The girls Common Entrance is held twice a year; February for entry the following September and November for entry in January.
    The results of the examination normally arrive within two weeks. If children have not reached a sufficiently high standard they may be offered a second attempt the following term. If not, we can normally still find a good school with a chance vacancy, but the choice at the last moment cannot be expected to be very wide.
  A girl has a choice of three examinations depending on the age she will be on entry to her Public School. If when she enters her Public School she would be thirteen years of age she sits the 13+ examination, if twelve then the 12+ examination, if eleven the 11+ examination.
      Parents have found the Preparatory Schools Consultant, Dr. V. Challinor Davies, M.Sc. Ph.D. a great help in placing children when there has been doubt or difficulty. His address is 5, Windsor Mansions, Luxborough Street, London W.I. He has an up to date knowledge of where vacancies exist and also what standards are required.
  Application for the Girls' Common Entrance Examination Papers is made by the Public School for which the girl is entered.
  By virtue of the Headmaster's election to Membership of the Incorporated Association of Preparatory Schools authority is given for examinations to be sat in the school under the necessary conditions of invigilation.
    Intelligence Quotient A brief note about I.Q. in view of the misconceptions there are about it.
          For what it is worth, a person's I.Q. score is a figure meant to represent their intellectual potential (as opposed to their acquired knowledge) at a given time measured against the average for the whole country for children of the same age.
  It is not as vital as it used to be to enter a child for a Public School at birth, but by the age of ten or so registration should have been made at one or two choices of school.
  It is the parents' obligation to book direct with the school .that they have chosen. If a place is registered at more than one school it should be made clear to each which is the first choice and which is the second.
    I.Q. 125+ is "probable University standard"
      I.Q. 115 — 125 is "possible University standard" I.Q. 100 is "average for the country"
      I.Q. 75 is "feeble minded"
  The Common Entrance Examination is not a Pass-or-Fail examination such as '0' Levels are. The only "Common" elements in the examination are the questions and the syllabus.
    By and large serious academic work for those below 100 I.Q. presents very real problems and Common Entrance more or less excludes those who would score below this figure.