Here are some tips for those parents who has a child preparing for the 11 plus exams in September.
Before exam day
- Plan your route to the exam centre. Think about how long it would take to get there, where are the parking places, etc. Do a test run before the day.
- Find out if wearing a school uniform is compulsory. Some centres allow causal wear.
- Check if they need to take their own HB pencils, pens, sharpener and ruler. If yes, place them in a clear pencil case.
- Buy a large simple-face analogue watch. Make sure it is as clear as possible. You can’t always be sure there would be a cock in the room.
- Have contact details of the exam centre, in case you child is ill on the day.
Night before exam
- Don’t allow your child to cram the night before – it’s counterproductive. Make sure that your child gets some exercise, walking is a good stress reliever.
- Lay out your child’s clothes. Make sure they have stationary in place. If they need inhalers, reading glasses, have this to hand.
- Make sure you and your child get a good night’s sleep. Go through the usual bedtime routine.
Morning of exam
- Wake up early to have enough time for your child feel prepared for the day.
- Have a healthy breakfast, something that will release energy slowly through the day Avoid sugary breakfast cereals. If the test is in the afternoon, have a protein rich lunch.
- Be calm. Any tension in you will be picked up by your child. Make the environment as relaxed as possible.
- Leave early. Make sure you have plenty of time to get there, park and time to de-stress.
- Make sure they have everything they need. If there are a break, provide a snack and a drink.
After the exam
- Ask them how they think it went. There are reasons for this – to get it out of their heads and to put things in prospective and to get information should you need to appeal the results. Don’t go through the exam questions in fine details, this will only stress your child on what they may have missed.
- Do something fun. See a movie, go out for a meal, something they enjoy doing.
- Reassure they that no matter what the results, that you are proud of them.