Just thought I'd share our experience from this january!!!!!!
My son began preparation with practice papers about march last year, he was always above average at school, but from year 5 onwards the teachers had noticed a considerable improvement with his attitude and maturity, and the teachers felt confident with him doing the kent test.
We used mostly the nfer papers, but we also tried some bonds, to add a bit of variety.
From word go he could achieve a consistent pass with the verbal papers, of over 85%.
The non verbal it took him a while to grasp the different methods , but this was actually his best topic in the end.
With the maths, his first paper ( even though his sats were very good of a 4b in year 5 ), he only achieved about 50% on the nfer paper- to which I then began panicking!!, over time and breaking down each topic within the maths and looking at the variations within this we and he could certainly see an improvement. But to reinforce this we had him tutuored for the last 3 months prior to the test (mathS only as we were still convinced that this was his weakest subject out of the 3). Towards nov/dec he was achieving 90% consistently with his maths, and his tutor was very pleased with his progress and discharged us in december!!
However after the test he was quite horrified at how difficult the verbal was, the coded questions made no sense to him at all, and his confidence was knocked as i think he was expecting that paper to be quite straight forward- he guessed at around 20 he thinks, but that included 8 at the last minute due to timing.The boy next to him was in floods of tears, unable to be consoled apparantly!
The non verbal again caught him out as the format was changed compared to the practice papers, there were only 4 sections of 18 questions and 1 section was explained to them that was new, never been seen before!!!
The maths he found quite easy !!!!!!!!!!!
The results will be available 01/03, but I just wanted to share this experience, as I was very confident with his practice papers and then totally not prpeared for his descrption of what actually happened!!
I hope this may help anyone for their child in the future- but basically expect the unexpected!!!