You want your child to work through a paper. You want to see “Where he is up to!”
To achieve an outcome you will need to try to replicate the day of the actual examination. You won’t always be able to create a similar examination environment if you expect your child to sit down to a full paper after school.
You will need to build up to your test. Warn your child three or four days ahead that he or she is going to be tested. After all you will let your child be aware of what is going on a few days ahead of the Eleven Plus examination.
Make sure that your child goes to bed at a reasonable time the night before.
Encourage a healthy breakfast on the day of the test.
Plan something fun to do after your test.
Talk about `not being nervous’ and `doing one’s best’.
Thirty minutes before the examination give the final `Ten Point Pep Talk’.
1. All you can do is your best.
2. Keep calm – even if you feel nervous sit up straight and take deep breaths.
3. Read the questions carefully. Read each question at least twice.
4. Keep looking at the clock. You don’t want to work too quickly and too slowly.
5. If you are doing multiple choice work cross out the answers that can not be correct. That makes your choice easier.
6. Be very careful with your answer – read your answer over when you have written it down to make sure that you have actually answered the question.
7. If the paper is not multiple choice then you will be able to show your working. Work neatly and logically.
8. If you get stuck then move on. You can always come back to the question if you leave enough time at the end of the paper.
9. Leave time at the end of the paper – so that you can check work over.
10. Enjoy the test as best you can. Be happy and cheerful to all concerned.