A couple of weeks ago, I fully attempted an OLA and a NOMA. I had tried before in the past, but the OLA was not working properly when it came to the sound, but finally it started to work.

When I found out we had to engage with the OLA and NOMA I was not sure what to think. However, I soon found out that they were only for our personal progress and to help us on improving our basic literacy and numeracy skills.

I firstly attempted the NOMA. Whilst at primary, I was fairly good at maths, but when I got to secondary school I struggled with it a lot, so was not sure on how I would do on the NOMA. In the end I scored 47/56 (84%). I was very shocked at this as I didn’t think i’d get such a good score. I found that I need to practice the area of certain shapes and also congruent cross sections. Luckily, I have a couple of books to help me with this.

Next, I did the OLA. I loved literacy at school and went on to do advanced higher English in 6th year. However, I had not brushed up on my grammar, spelling and punctuation since primary school so was not sure how I would fair. I scored 25/35 (71%). I feel that this is a fairly good score for my first attempt but in the next few practices I want to aim for higher (hopefully reaching at least 85%). I found that I was particularly good at the spelling, but that I need to work on pronouns and adverbs.

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