Just looking for some advice from the English experts!
DS will be sitting for 2/3 selectives in September this year. Our two favourite schools require DS to be up to speed in VR, NVR and English comprehension/grammar (multiple choice format) by mid September. Only if DS is successful in the first round of one of the tests will he be required to sit a second round of exams (in November) which will involve him writing an essay of some sort (school haven't published details of how long he will have to write the essay.) He will also have to sit a mathematics paper at that time.
So, my question is do you think it's reasonable to focus on all of the other disciplines now and leave the actual practice of timed essay writing until nearer the time - for example we will have two clear months between the end of the September tests and the November test (if he is lucky enough to pass) to practice just maths and essay writing.
DS has good vocabulary and we are currently working on grammar and spelling for the first round exam. He also reads alot (with a bit of prodding
.)We will, however, have to do some serious work on different writing styles (persuasive, report writing etc) as his school only looks at these relatively briefly and also will have to practice the timing aspects.
Is it really risky to leave this until after the summer? There are so many different disciplines to get under our belt now and my feeling is that if he doesn't pass the first round, he won't need to worry anyway
I would really appreciate hearing people's views (and I know it depends in significant part on the child but generalisations always welcome