GL-consensus seems to be that these are the closest to the Lincs tests?
VR - They are closest in the sense that the layout and look of the papers are the same as the real thing as Lincs tests are commissioned from NfER. However, the timing is different and Lincs tests contain more question types than are covered in the commercial tests. You need to cover the 21 Types covered by IPS plus a very few others which are similar to some contained in the Susan Daughtrey books 1-4.
NVR - The commercial papers cover all the types which appear in Lincs tests and the timing per question is the same (except for 1 extra question in one section)but the section length is different (16 questions per section with 17 in one section) and 4 sections so that only 4 types will appear in any one test.
Bond=these seem quite hard. Also, include the crosswords that are 5-6 letters across. I have n't done any crossword prep with dd?Do I need to? A friend told me she thought the exam sometimes does crosswords that are 3 letters across?
Bond can be useful in the early stages but they do contain quite a few question types that do not come up in Lincs tests so there are more useful papers to do nearer the tests which more closely match Lincs questions. No big crosswords in Lincs VR but the little 3 letter ones are a favourite 1st question - just the one question, generally very easy, not a block of them. They appear in the Susan Daughtrey book 1.
IPS-these are in the shop on this site as recommended. Are these representative?They include the questions with four 4 letter words with 3 sets of 4 numbers underneath to decode and use to solve some questions-do I need to practice these with my dd?
Also, there is a question where you complete the missing number-very much like some of the maths type questions but it goes like (3/6)9) (4)8)12) (6__18) quite easy ones, but are the questions likely to appear in this format.
IPS tests are useful for VR as the timing mirrors Lincs with 30 secs per question. Just how many of the IPS 21 types are used in the Lincs tests I cannot be absolutely sure but the tests do contain some types each year which are contained in the IPS 21 types and not in the NfER/GL/Letts papers, so the general recommendation is to cover them all.
Then... last question! the logic type questions-eg. so many children with different ages and you work out who are the twins. Both my dd and myself either get the answer quite quickly or rack our heads for half an hour-are they worth only 1 or 2 points-seem like a question to skip and come back to if time unless the answer comes very quickly?
Agreed it is good strategy to skip if it is taking too long - go back if time allows or make a guess if it doesn't.