Now that the date for the exam is getting closer I wanted some advice on when to start the practice test papers(mixed mock style). Is doing 1 paper a week sufficient? My DD is currently doing assessment papers for all four VR,NVR,EN,MA. Is that enough? What is best prep for these last few weeks? Please advice.
1) I didn't do any mocks, but I would if I had my time again, especially for the KE. You have got to remember that there is a fear element on the day. It rears its head no matter what (it came back for the SATs in May). Those that have been trained to deal with that have an inherent advantage.
2) That said we did Mix tests every other day. They can get tired so back off if it is getting too much, but I think one a week might be a little light. We heard of some going nuts and doing one each morning and afternoon, so that's where your role as the parent is. You to decide what the best balance is. One a week if it gets your DD to peak at the right time might be right.
3) Really really critical. It is super essential that you invigilate the test in the way they are going to be hit with it. Strict timing. On the bond papers and others, they give strict timings of about 6-10 mins per sections. Run the test continuously till it is finished. Stick to them ruthlessly. This could make the difference between succeeding (or not) on the KE. So do the whole test, but stick to timing and don't allow any breaks, and be rigid. Then review timings and the impact on accuracy and completeness with your DD
It might possibly feel difficult to do this yourself, hence the added value of the Shirley mock type people and you get a detailed report too + there are likely to several hundred others doing it at the same time, and that is an important factor too. Might be a bit late now, but worth enquiring about.