DD sits the Glos. 11+ in 5 weeks time. She is doing well in practice papers, but not outstandingly. Glos. grammar schools are very hard to get in to - the one we want is anyway.
Although we are keeping up the pace with the practice at the moment, I am very aware that confidence and no pressure on the day are going to be crucial to her performance. There is only one exam for all the schools in this area so no second chances. DD really wants to go to grammar school and is very aware that this exam decides the next 5 years schooling for her.
. We have told her it doesn't matter if she doesn't get in and how good the comprehensive options are.
My problem is this - I don't know exactly what I should be saying to her to encourage her at this point. She keeps asking me if I think she will pass. Should I be saying Yes - or is that setting her up for major disappointment if she doesn't? I obviously don't want to say No, and saying 'I'm sure you'll do your best," or "I think you deserve to pass" seems to me to suggest I don't think she'll manage it.
What is everyone else telling their DC? I just want to get the balance right so that DD feels confident on the day, but not devastated if she doesn't pass.
No longer mind (much) whether she passes or not, just worried about her mental health by the end of all this