thanks for the replies, I am working with him every night going through the bond book on VR and the 10 min tests (in another book) he is struggling on some q's and flying through others so i guess we just need to work more on the ones he doesn't understand, it's very hard fitting it in every night (but we are..and he's determined too!) as i have a 14 minth old and a 7 week old baby...however i said to him if he can concentrate with those two he'll think it's a breeze on the day as it will be so quiet lol
we also did a gl test on english last night (multiple choice) and he got loads wrong
lots of silly silly mistakes his percentage was something like 50% just over so we have lots of work to do, i cant believe he is at a level 5 in school yet these tests seem so challenging for him, there seems to be a big difference in the 11+ and sats? anyway we will keep you updated and i pop on whenever i'm free this site is great! oh and i have also called in a tutor yet he can't start for 2 weeks, it is an hour and half on saturdays in a group thought it might help with confidence, exam tips (although i have given him plenty as i have just done 2 exams in may for my degree lol) i think he might pay more attention to a complete stranger however -odd child!
Thanks for the update. Sats and 11+ exam,IMHO are quite different games. A child who is at level 5 in school does not necessary mean that he/ she can pass the 11+ exam. Some questions in the 11+ have not been covered in the national curriculum. Also, in Essex, the children will do the 11+ in late Nov which means that 2 months after being in year 6, they have to tackle some questions which probably have not been taught in school yet.
The English paper is always at a high standard in Essex 11+, pay particular attention to the punctuation section and aim to get as many marks as possible. I always asked my boy to read the text at least twice if all possible to understand the content.
With you son's determination and the help form you and the tutor, I am sure your son will give his best shot on the day.
Just post any time if need is required. Good luck.