Good to have the view with hindsight Rocky_robin thank you!
Would I sound crazy if I said I was excited about all this? I actually view the prospect of spending time 1:1 with my DS as quality time. He is very motivated which means no battles and I have incorporated lots of rewards so I feel good about the opportunity to give him treats.
Good luck with your results. At least you haven't compromised your relationship with your DS. Get the feeling some parents want their children to succeed 'no matter the cost' *shiver*.
There were times when I think my DS felt like it was a punishment rather than a help and he was reluctant to sit though my explanations of any questions answered incorrectly (although this is apparently the best way to learn for many of these tests, from your mistakes)
On the whole he did see it as a challenge, was gutted where he thought he'd done well and the results didn't match but likewise elated when a test went well or indeed was fully answered within the time limits when he struggled early doors to finish. I love a good logic problem or puzzle so did have a cheeky look at some of the tests before going through the answers
As many parents have said post-exam in the playground, you do worry that the children will feel like a failure if they don't get through. Mine has sat for Altrincham and Sale and would hope to get into 1 of them (he's actually favouring Sale at present) but our nearest is Wellington Road, a good school in its own right
It will be interesting to see how the CEM exams go and whether other schools adopt them as an alternative to GL tests