Also will it be possible do you think to get familiarised with the venue County use in half term to help calm an OCC child?
I was wondering this. We know someone who is taking the test centrally this year and I was considering asking if we can accompany them to the venue just so that DS can get a glimpse of what goes on for next year...but this might well have the opposite effect and put him right off, especially as we won't have started familiarization yet.
At least DS has now had plenty of warning that he won't be sitting the test in a familiar room with a friendly face and a biscuit at the end, and seems ok about it (I think we'll have to find a substitute treat for afterwards!
To answer your other question - yes, the paper is the same.