Sheena Gayle, Gleaner Writer
WITH JUST over two months before the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) 11-year-old Peta-Ann Gentles is not taking any chances as it relates to her preparation for this important external examination.
"I still need to work on some areas. I am not 100 per cent where I need to be, but I am still doing my best to ensure that my goals are met. I know it is crunch time," a jovial Peta-Ann said.
She has tightened up her language arts scores and mathematics, so she is now focused on maintaining a level of consistency with the scores heading into the exams in March 2013.
For the month of November, the grade six Chetwood Primary School student registered encouraging scores for mathematics with 96 per cent, but dropped below her expected performance in social studies and science with 76 and 72 per cent, respectively.
In October, she scored 84 per cent in social studies, 92 for science, and 88 per cent in mathematics. However, Peta-Ann will need to maintain a 94 per cent average to stay on her GSAT goal, according to her teacher Garvin Atkinson.
Peta-Ann has her sights set on Herbert Morrison Technical High School in Montego Bay.
"I know what I need to do to get where I need to go. My grades dropped a bit in November, but I remain confident in my abilities to step it up when it counts. But I am not taking my low grades for granted, I am definitely tightening up some areas," she admitted.
As part of her preparation, she has to put television and play time on hold as she devotes her time to do studies. Peta-Ann's study plan includes extra lessons, daily reviews of notes administered in class, and seeking the help of her old sister and mother.