Congratulations Bournemouthdad! You must be very proud!
My son is due to sit this year and I do have a couple of questions if you don't mind?
They sit the three papers in one morning as you know. I'm wondering how long the break is between each paper?
Also, are they allowed to take a pencil case in with them and a bottle of water?
Silly questions I'm sure but I want to be as fully informed as I can be to minimise stress on the day!
Thanks and I hope he enjoyed his first day!
Now you are pushing my memory
They were allowed the cases and water. They seemed quite laid back about what you could take in but certainly water bottles are quite important.
They do get a good break between exams but boys only sat the two papers plus the "essay" too. For one year only they didn't do the verbal reasoning although that decision was made some way into the year and not using a tutor or going to a prep school we only found out on this forum after doing most of the test papers.
The biggest thing is to not make a big deal out of it. Its really not that important. We know parents who dangled Ipads an playstations in front of their kids
and the pressure on them really showed. Its amazing how many kids are off school "ill" in the week before the test. Yuo want them calm and relaxed so constantly talking abou it or offering big incentives will only result in stress and anxiety and probably a lower score.
The very best of luck, the test is the easy part, choosing your school options once the results come out is the tough bit!!