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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2009 9:21 am 
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firstly will their names come pre-printed on the papers or will they have to fill all the information in (worst nightmare not having a name on the paper :shock: )
secondly , can they place their watch on the desk or it best to keep it on their wrist (its a digital one but not calculator) - think it would be easier for him than looking up at a clock but didnt want some invigilator suspisciously hovering around his desk when working :x


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2009 10:11 am 
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I can't imagine they'll be printed on there already but I'm sure there will be time before the exam for the candidates to fill in the first page and that invigilators will check this has been done.

I've never given DS a watch/clock during practice runs in order that he develops his own pace. I do tell him how many minutes he has left halfway through and again when there are five minutes to go. I don't want him thinking he has all the time in the world at the beginning of the test or indeed to be in a rush towards the end. At this stage in the game I would stick to whatever you have been doing in practice. If he wears a watch on his wrist then I'd advise to do the same in the exam.

You sound more stressed than me! Take comfort in the fact that the schools have been doing this for years and will make everything clear to the candidates before the exam.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2009 10:23 am 
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i believe there are only 2 taking the test all of their own accord :?


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2009 10:25 am 
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Did you mean this to be a separate topic?


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2009 11:51 am 
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when you said schools have been making sure the children are aware i was thinking you meant schools they go to rather than those hosting the exam :oops:


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2009 12:25 pm 
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Ahh! Now I understand. No, I was talking about the test centre schools.

DS's school has done nothing to assist with prep for the 11+. This isn't a criticism - I wouldn't expect it to.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2009 2:36 pm 
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My DS had a small piece of paper stuck to his (clear) pencil case with his name, DOB & entry no. on it. This was a few years ago so dont know if they still need all the info. He has SLDs so was worried he would have trouble filling in the form.
Anyway he managed, got a place (just!) & is now at Cambridge :)

Please try not to worry too much about the logistics - the schools are very well organised & do try to make children feel at ease as much as possible.

I would say the main thing to tell the children is not to be scared to ask if they have any questions.

CRGS have 6th formers to help show the children where to go etc - dont know about other schools - but this might be less daunting than teachers if they have a question.


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The children fill out the front sheet, exactly as you see on the CSSE papers. They are given everything they need to know. You can put the watch on the desk. Sending you very positive wishes.
I tell my pupils that they have worked hard, are well prepared and they will do well. :)


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 8:45 am 
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You can definitely put the watch on the desk! It was the one thing we forgot when my daughter took the exam two years ago. She ended up with her Dad's watch which was obviously too big for her to wear! :)


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Nice to see you back silver.


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