Trials for all year groups began this morning. These important internal examinations allow boys to experience public examination conditions and to practise answering timed questions. They are thus a vital part of their preparation for GCSEs and A levels.
Trials are also the key form of assessment in the Autumn term and boys' results accompany their end-of-term reports. For boys in the Lower Sixth, they are especially significant. Universities base their offers predominently on UCAS forecast grades and division beaks (class teachers), in turn, base these partly on the autumn trials results.
Trials are also excellent preparation for examinations at university. For many boys, their university degree will depend on their ability to consolidate a significant amount of knowledge in their final year and to perform at the highest level over a short, intense period of assessment. Examinations will be important in their professional lives too. There are examinations based on large syllabuses in professions as diverse as banking and the law, accountancy and consultancy.
We therefore encourage boys to see every set of Trials in their Harrow career as preparation for these future challenges. By learning from their experiences in Trials, they become better at performing to the limit of their ability.