how much time should my daughter be spending per night in preparation for herts & maybe bucks test? she is year 5 & usually does one bond timed paper plus one or two pages each of no nonesense maths/english
sometimes shes just too tired and i dont force her.
is this enough/too much?
It's quite a bit more than my son was doing for the SW Herts tests at that stage: about 1-2 hours a week, often including a test to determine what he found hard and discussing and practicing those. I'd be worried about keeping her going at that pace for all that time, and they don't learn much when they're tired. Initially we didn't worry about the timing. Like Anon, we ramped it up after the summer holidays. But for expert advice, try the Bucks forum.
is it worth trying for bucks if we in herts ( just on the boarder with bucks) I know the test is multiple choice so will this just confuse her?
Personally I think more practice with real test conditions, even with a different format, is useful for building confidence. As for your chances, the Bucks admissions website has catchment maps and allocation profiles for last year. It seems that last time Dr Challoner's took girls from out of catchment, though there's some confusion about how far out they went. But there aren't many places out of catchment closer than Chorleywood. Another problem is that in Herts we only get to give 3 preferences on the Common Admissions Form, so you have to balance risk and ambition.