I've got a DD in year 5 and I am DIYing it with her.
We've been using the FPTP workbooks for all areas, CGP 10 min tests for maths and verbal reasoning, Mathletics and Bond CEM 11+ papers for the different areas. We've been using Free rice for synonyms, and I've been using the list of vocab from this site for spellings and further synonyms. She generally does some work on most days. She is also an avid reader.
Generally she does pretty well in the assessment papers and 10 min tests - in the CGP 10 min tests in Maths she usually scores 8-11 in 10-15 minutes.
Today we did the Bond practice 11+ CEM standard test papers - timed. She has only completed the VR and /short maths section so far but has done really badly - some is just unknown content, but I think the main issue is timing. 19/51 for VR and 13/40 for Maths - I don't want to place too much emphasis on them, but has anyone else found that too? The timings are very stringent.
Does anyone know if these papers (if you are familiar with them) are fair reflections of the timings in the real thing? If so I cannot believe that 1/3 of children pass them in Bucks with anything like a high percentage mark!
I don't know about Bucks, but Bond CEM is considered too hard for other areas. One thing that children have to get used to is to sustain their concentration. Doing the 10 minutes tests can be fine, but when it comes to sustaining concentration for 30 minutes, or even an hour, problems crop up.
How long will your child have to be doing a test for? How long will each section be?