Hi IT Barbie
In a similar vein to Catherine's advice, I posted this yesterday on the VR thread to a Mum who was experiencing problems, although in her son's case it was total mental block.
I had a similar experience with my own son - sudden, blind panic at the combination of needing to get it right and within the time allowed.
The suggestion I would make is to let him do the next paper completely "untimed". Just tell him to work at a good pace. Give him a break half way through for a drink and a biscuit, a chat, some chill time. That will relax him even further and mean that he will have no idea of how long he takes to do the paper.
Keep a note of the time he takes yourself though. When you mark the paper, see if his mark is better once the time pressure has gone.
My son's marks did improve, and he actually completed the paper in about 10 minutes over the time limit. I then cheated (
) by adding a couple of marks and telling him that he had completed the paper in 3 minutes over time. Don't over-egg it, just let him come to the conclusion in his own mind that it's OK after all. It restored my son's confidence completely and his marks soared for the next 2 papers.
Just my idea - if you decide to try it, I hope it helps.
It sounds as though there is a degree of "burn-out" here, and that is what happened to my son about three weeks before the 11+. The above experience happened a couple of weeks before the 12+, but I had learned by then that trying to maintain the momentum doesn't really work.
Back off on the timing and concentrate on accuracy. The adrenalin on the day of the test should drive him forward at a good pace. If he comes round again in time, do a couple of timed tests just before the real thing to build confidence in timing again.
(P.S. Great user name - why did I choose something so boring when there's names like SunLampVexesEel, IT Barbie and Hermanmunster out there.