The practice papers sent by County...Test A is easier than the real test. ! and 2 are of the same difficulty.
Keep practicing the the codes in between tests, keep reading, playing scrabble, with a dictionary, perhaps have a look at The Tutors new CD [ vocab builder]
http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/cd/the ... lume-1.php
With regard to codes, many children panic, not because they are hard [ they are easy once the rule is learnt] but because they take so much longer to complete. Most sections take no more than 2/3 minutes. The codes can take up to 5/6. I do not believe in the 30 second per question, each type has varying time limits. I say to my children, do NOT panic, just say to yourself, "Its OK, I know these are going to take me a tad longer, thats fine because they are going to give me FULL marks"
Tell him that the publisher knows he is going to take a long time on the codes, bUT they have taken this into consideration when making up the content of the test. Having their own analogue watch is always useful.
How are you approaching the codes, my children do NOT write the out separately the code on top of the word [ or vice versa] they do NOT write out the sequence eg +1+2+3+4+5......