I don't want to both spend a fortune and overwhelm my son!! What would be your recommendation,
It will depend on how much you want to do but here are some suggestions:-
There are plenty of suitable free maths papers - try old sats papers http://www.satstestsonline.co.uk/sto_past_papers.aspx
or google Independent school admission papers (some here) http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/advice ... lus-papers
and some free papers here too http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/free-1 ... ice-papers
Any of the commercial maths papers will be fine too. The maths test is written by the schools and nothing will be an exact match.
For verbal reasoning - (there are 4 papers in each pack)
Susan Daughtrey /Bright Sparks papers are goodhttp://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/shop/9 ... ack-1.htmlhttp://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/shop/9 ... ack-2.html
(if you have time)
and finish off with GL http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/shop/9 ... ack-1.html
First thing is whether the NVR and Maths papers will be multiple choice in the exam, or write the answers on the paper?
Both the maths and verbal reasoning are multiple choice. There is no NVR
How many minutes is the exam, and how many questions will be in each section? Following on from this, what timings should the child be working towards for each section?
There are no sections within the exams. Off the top of my head, 80 questions in 50 mins for the VR and 40 questions in 30 mins for the maths.
Am I right in saying that they do the creative writing as part of the exam, but it might not be considered, depending on the results of the other two sections?
Calderdale is maths, verbal reasoning and a small writing piece which is only used to select the final 25%.
I hope that helps but let me know if you have any questions.