I have been a lurker here for some time and have found this forum very useful, but am panicking now just before the tests
I downloaded the Bexley specimen papers months ago, before we looked at the NFER papers, and had left them for practice just before the tests. Well, what a shock I got just now, the layout is nothing like the NFER layout. The questions are not in groups of 6-7 with instructions, but each question has individual instructions! Obviously repeating themselves for the same type question, but it will be a lot more time-consuming and confusing! I haven't prepared my son for this
Could someone please tell me whether the questions in the real test will be set out in groups like NFER or each question will have separate instructions?
Also, I'm concerned that for some question types that require two answers (e.g. opposite in meaning) the answer is a combination of letters, as opposed to the two words, like here:
Choose one word from each group that are most nearly opposite in meaning.
A sad ........................... P fearful
B worried ..................... Q peaceful
C calm ......................... R happy
AP AQ AR
BP BQ BR
CP CQ CR
Then to mark 'sad' and 'happy' they expect children to mark AR. That's very confusing
Is that how it is in the real test?
And finally, I think my son might find it easier to mark the answers initially in the question booklet and then transfer them to the answer sheet. Would that be possible? Are all the answers shown in the question booklet?