More than understandable, 2outof3. In a way, much as I'm some sad addict here, I rather wish I DIDN'T know about this forum as it's sort of fed my fears, as well as alleviated them!!
First time round I (by which, ahem, I mean my son) did it all in a fairly low key way. I was vaguely stressed by a friend with older children who had had to go to appeal - she had had NO idea about the coaching etc so silently prevalent. So I was warned but not hyped up.
This time round I'm in a state of high frenzy - not only am I more aware of the system, but I know the school in question, as does my DS2, and it has become more real, no longer merely abstract.
Anyway. Enough already.
DS1 doesn't read much, too busy living, but I have always spoken to them with proper words, and good vocabulary, so presumably that did help. DS2 is, luckily, an avid reader, like his parents. DS2 has started coming up with his own tri-part compound words!
"Can-nab-is," he said yesterday
"That will NOT be coming up," I said firmly.
So, what does he say next but, "but hero-in might!!!" (guess what they're currently doing in PCSHEHSHHE or whatever it's called!)
"No," I said again, "it will not."
Give me strength.
And, in tardy answer to your question, drip drip drip, yes!