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Test for kids aged seven is too hard for mum and dad

JUST six per cent of parents got full marks in a test that pupils aged seven and eight would be expected to pass.

A group of 1,000 mums and dads with children in year three were asked to answer questions from core subjects English, maths and science.

The challenges were taken directly from the key stage two syllabus that their youngsters are taught.

But all three were answered wrongly by a majority of the parents.

In maths, only 38 per cent gave the correct answer — three and five-sixths — when asked what 23/6 was as a ‘mixed number’.

In English, only 22 per cent identified ‘and’ as a subordinate conjunction when asked to choose from a list that also included ‘both’, ‘up’ and ‘never’.

And in science, only 40 per cent knew that a ‘key feature’ of the amphibian life cycle was that ‘tadpoles hatch’. The rest chose incorrect options which included that they ‘carry eggs inside their body’, ‘they hibernate’ and ‘they change from carnivores to herbivores’. Oxford Home Schooling, which carried out the test and conducted a poll of the parents, said the findings showed why many struggle to help with homework.

Oxford Home Schooling, which carried out the test and conducted a poll of the parents, said the findings showed why many struggle to help with homework.

The tuition firm’s Dr Nick Smith said: ‘The results are quite surprising, but they will probably resonate with many parents across the country.

‘For some, a large amount of time will have passed since they were in the education system and so they will be unfamiliar with the curriculum.’

One in three mums and dads (32 per cent) got no questions right. Older parents fared worst but those aged 18 to 24 did only slightly better, with 12 per cent getting a perfect score.

The poll showed 23 per cent of parents feel under pressure when kids ask for help.