Hi earn

I have moved you to Independent Schools - hope it didn't hurt.

I can't help on the essay, but on Multiple Choice the thing to do if he runs out of time is to mark the

**first** answer for each of the remaining questions. Therefore, if he has 5 questions left and there are 5 possible answers for each, the statistical probability is that he will get at least one correct answer. There is obviously a risk that none of them will be correct, but the chances are higher than by just marking the missing questions randomly.

When my DS was practising for the 11+ he failed to finish one paper and left the last 5 questions. If he had followed the technique above he would in fact have got two correct answers on that particular paper.

Obviously the principle works for any one of the answers, but it is just easiest to teach a child to mark the first one.

Sally-Anne