I was most interested in Catherine's comments.
I am also trying to get my daughter to build up speed in doing the NVR by following the Bond books. How often was your son practising NVR?
Did you just do Bond and IPS test papers? My daughtr's test is in mid November and is based on the Nfer standard format.
Any advice would be helpful.
I had bought the Bond 'How to' but didn't use it.
A month before the exam, I found out that my son was getting scores similar to rsmum's daughter's ones. We were running out of time, so I decided to concentrate on the problem areas.
First, we worked through the first NFER paper. My son was doing one section every day with no time limit, always followed by a discussion about the questions that he had got wrong. It was very useful to ask him to explain how he had got his answer. It was helping him to clarify his mind, and often he realised what he had done wrong by himself.
Once the first paper was completed, he did again the questions he had got wrong the first time. I asked him to think of the reasions behind the right answer if he was able to remember which one it was.
When we moved to the second paper with no time linit, his score had improved dramatically, from 60% to 80%-90%.
His scores dropped again when he started timed papers but improved after 2 weeks of practice. Not as much as would have like though, and we had not time left. But in the end, he passed.
We didn't manage to do a lot more than NFER. Just one ElevenPlusExams E-paper that I found fairly close to the NFER, but a bit harder, and a few bits of the 'Learning Togetner'
The Learning Together are probably good as introduction to NVR, but not too useful at the stage we were at. Too different, and not hard enough.
If had had to do it again and more time , I would do one or two sections of each NFER type, then move on to another publisher for more practice, and go back to NFER at the end for testing.
The IPS were not published last year, so I can't comment on them except that their papers in the other subjects are very useful, close to NFER but a bit harder.
A section a day and the occasional 20mns test was as much as my son was tolerating. Any more and he had an overdose....