Can anyone please help with the following ?
1. Numerical questions - on the answer sheet, must they write the digits in the blank boxes as well as shade the digit options in each column ?
We don't know the actual answer sheet format, she must listen carefully to instruction.
2. Should they aim to answer all the questions or use the time to answer as many as possible accurately ? If the former I'm afraid DC might rush it and make silly mistakes
Answer questions efficiently, it's easy to spend to long trying to get the right answer, learn to guess and move on to other questions that will yield obviously correct answers.
3. Will there be more questions than its possible to answer in the time ? If so should I tell my DC this or will that lull them in to a false sense of security ?
Depends on the child and the test, my son finished it all last year but left out anything he didn't understand quickly. Moving on is the trick, if questions are left at the end choose just one letter to mark from all those empty boxes.
It's unlikely they will feel secure, my son thought he had scored about 100, it's fast and they will not answer every question which feels like a big deal. Tell them anything to make them feel happy, by the time they have sat the test it doesn't matter, but don't lead, let them talk about it, if and only if they want to. Obviously telling them they are sure to pass is silly, but allow them to move forward and feel they did ok.
4. Is it a good idea to use a watch ?
Only if they are used to using a watch, there will be a clock and audio time alerts.
5. If they come to a question that they find is too hard or are spending too much time trying to work out and want to skip it and try and come back to, should they guess it rather than leave the answer blank ?
Put a mark in a box, do not ever leave blank, asterix the question and change later if time. Leaving blank can result in the next question being marked up a row and thus everything that follows being wrong.
6. Are you still working hard with one week to go or easing off and letting your DC relax ? I'm thinking that we should ease off now as DC is getting fed up with it all.
This depends on your child and how confident and happy they are, if they want to do a ten minute test or two let them, but make sure they are easy ones, or rig the results.
Thanks for any help and good luck to everyone !