Oh dear. What a lovely comment from the teacher ...
The first test is generally easier, but it has 2 or 3 questions on it that are simply devilish. The one I have never forgotten is something like: "A teabag has many PERATIONS
, and the missing word is FOR.
69/80 is by no means a lost cause, even on this paper. Those 2 or 3 awkward questions could have made all the difference.
Talk to him about how proud you are of him for taking such a scary test and for trying so hard. Offer up a treat such as a meal out or something a little bigger if you can afford it after the second test, simply to recognise the effort he has put in.
Above all, tell him that you will be proud of him, whatever the outcome, and that US children can get the same end result as GS children. It is all down to hard work and perseverance, even if the 11+ proves to be a blunt tool at the age of 10.
I wish him the very best of luck.
P.S. Blimey - so many fast typists have flown in on their broomsticks ahead of me.