fm mentioned to me in a PM that these papers are easier, and throw the pupil off course as they are so used to looking for more complicated patterns, and these are a lot simpler.
I am in state of anguish as ds just did an 80 question AFN paper and scored 7 wrong...
He also did a VR test and got 12 wrong due to not having enough time.
Our first test is on Saturday and I am feeling extremely low!
I would say, at this point just don't worry about anything. Just relax and wind down with 10 minute tests and an occasional NFER test thrown in to keep the real thing in your view. Yes Bond tests are easy but they tackle some very basic problems which other publishers ignore. I find a boost in VR performance after some Bond tests in standard format. I would highly recommend the standard format for practice as it makes kids think and make full use of their brains instead of relying on hints in the multiple choice format. My son finds multiple choice format very easy after some practice in standard format and usually finishes a NFER VR paper within half an hour scoring above 95%. I have gone back to Bond 10 minutes test for VR and we are working on our mistakes in all four NFER papers this week. We are going to tackle our nemesis, NVR 11A today.
Bond tests are very different from NFER tests still I will not ignore them as they are good for the development of lateral thinking in general. Just checked the two tests I set him yesterday:
Bond 10 Minutes Tests, NVR Test 4- 8/12
Bond 10 Minutes Tests, VR Test 21- 15/20
Disgusting scores by his standards but I would not worry about it at this stage. A couple of weeks ago I would have gone berserk. Remember, this is the 'chill-out' week. I am concentrating mainly on the importance of making the best effort for him, keep on telling him that he has to give his best shot and hope for the best:
Do your best and leave the rest
Till all comes right some day or night!
(heard it in one of the animated films of Black Beauty
). For myself: I keep reminding myself of the importance of 'unconditional love.' I have a lovely child and exam or no exam, he is lovely with an excellent and mature personality, very hard-working, tall, healthy, obedient, studios, thoughtful. He has a million qualities and I will love him no matter what happens. My job is to preserve those qualities and develop them further and that has always been the real aim. This exam is the biggest challenge we are tackling together but there will be more challenges and sometimes he will win at other times he will not. My job is to be there at the end of all this and keep on reminding him not to worry because 'WE' gave it our best shot and that is all that matters. Just chill out now, relax. All will be OK!