Our family relocated to UK during Christmas time in 2018. My daughter went to a local community school with a Ofsted Good rating in St. Johns wood area for her primary education from Jan 2019. The school was very supportive during Covid 19 lock down with online homework and later on moved to TEAMS class. She did not attend any extra English class but keeps learning piano via private tutoring.
In March 2020, I started to get serious about her secondary school admission process.
There are different schools type you can find with the link below:
In this article, I would like to share my personal experience as a parents for children who speaks English as a second language but manged to get in the school she love.
Which school to apply?
I went for the rules to apply:
The preparation for admission test:
We need to buffer 2-3 assessment per school and check out the exam and interview time.
Result for admission:
At first my daughter got into an good school and was on waiting list for music aptitude excellent school. We accepted the good school first but keep her on the waiting list for the other. After 1-2 months, I received a phone call from local council if she would like to go for the aptitude school. The staff told me if she accepted the position, she will be the first one live so far out of the zone in the last 14 years she had been working with the council. I was so excited and cannot believe it was true and ask her to send me an email after thank you her.
After school starts:
My daughter and one of the other smartest girl in her primary school got into the same secondary school. I told her she is very fortunately to study with the smartest girl who run out of books to ready in the local library. They soon became closer than before. She also met a new friend who lives far but got in with the music aptitude test. Apparently her mother is a music teacher. This smart girl can play three instruments with Grade 8 in Piano.
My daughter loves design technology club, trampolining club, skateboarding in PE. Skipping her classes to attend drum and piano tutoring in her school. I think she is a much happier girl after all the hard work to get into the school as her first choice.
After passing the Professional Scrum Master I (#PSM I ) certification last year, I was so pleased my company Ericsson is encouraging the employee with Program Director role to study #SAFe and get Certified as a #SAFe® Agilist.
The first step was I attended a two days training called Leading SAFe® 5 course delivered in our office site by a company called #Netmind (www.netmind.es).
The course content was structured the same way to cover all 6 sessions in the exam topics on in rough portion to the exam question percentage:
Then I understood, this two days course is JUST THE BEGINNING! I will have loads to study to follow up with all SAFe framewrok and these Lean-Agile principles. And I meant to take the exam 30 days after attending these two day courses.
The exam SAFe 5 Agilist Exam are in a format Multiple choice, 45 questions are randomized, can skip questions and answer later Exam question format and you have 90 minutes (1.5 hours) to complete the exam. To pass the exam, you need to get 35 out of 45 (77%). The first exam attempt is included as part of the course registration fee if the exam is taken within 30 days of course completion, but after study I understood it can also be extended 2 weeks as a grace period.
After returning from training with my day job to do, I had managed only to spent less than 1 hour study on weekdays. So most of my study was done on Saturday or Sunday mornings on average 1.5-2 hours per weekend.
I also tried three times of the monk exams. I got 62%-> 67% then on the first two round. Then I decided to take notes and re-study the one I did not get right before my third attempt. Finally I got 87% on the 3rd attempt on my third week of self study. I was planning to keep practicing the mock exam till I got 90% but I did not have this option.
I decided to get my exam done when I was taking an annual leave on a Tuesday. This was one day after the 30 days period when the grace period of 2 weeks actually automatically kick in. I was so relieved when I passed the test. Although only very few questions appeared in the mock, my exam score was exactly 87% again. So I suppose if you follow the study guide you would be pretty much covered.
Below is a snapshot of links you may want to go through even before taking the training.
I hope you find this information useful and best of luck with your study!
Last October, my college, #Krisman Oppusunggu introduced me to #scrum.
He spent first 30 mins session to tell me about the scrumorg.com. He highlighted the scrum guide's main concepts including the definition of scrum, the scrum team, drum vents and scrum artifacts.
At the time I was working on a critical project. But I decided to I read through the scrum guide during my spare time. A few weeks later, we met again and he taught me more about the how to prepare for the PSMI certification exam. Although there are some group classes in Japan, I could not find one that I can join alone. Fortunately, Kriman introduced me to take some online training through
I bought The Scrum Framework course to study on weekends first.
Then I bought Scrum Master Exam Simulator which validated for one year. It allowed me to review the questions within a month.
As you can see from my score below. Its better to study within a month and try to do the exam. If you leave it for awhile, it is hard to keep at a good score level.
Since I was in the transition of settling to UK in last December, I didn’t manage to do the exam straight away.
In May 2019, I had the opportunity to do a two days on site training course with Xecofy in our company. The training gave me an opportunity to do an agile delivery through lego simulation. It helped me to get deeper understanding of the scrum guide.
My other colleagues also introduced me to other free resources for PSMI exam simulation and free online study materials at websites such as Volkerdon, https://mlapshin.com/index.php/scrum-quizzes/, and techagilisti.com.
One of my colleagues told me he had to study till 1am and continued for 6 hours before the exam. The other one told me that he woke up at 6am to study for a few days before the exam.
I started to feel a bit guilty and I woke up at 4am on Friday to study before starting work and read through https://www.volkerdon.com/pages/agile-glossary.
The following day at 6:30am on Saturday , I reviewed the questions which I did wrong in the simulation. Then took the actual exam. I was so glad that I passed with the score 95% which is even better then my simulation results in Scrum Master Exam Simulator .
Thanks to all my colleagues who had helped me with my study!
This blog captures my study notes