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Hello Ebash,

Please try not to stress about the exam(s) – it won’t help you. What may help is being more confident of your abilities and the fact that you have taken the trouble to put in the work and prepare for your exam.

Perhaps ease off masses of work now and do short timed tests or sections of practice tests to keep you ‘ticking over’. Do some sport and get some fresh air. Plan something you enjoy for after the exam(s) so that you have something to look forward to and try not to listen to other stressed students as they will pass it on!

Here are some last minute exam tips for 11+ exams:
1. Fill in your answer boxes carefully and correctly.
2. If you make a mistake RUB IT OUT and then put in your correct answer. Do not leave 2 answers on show (unless it is a verbal
reasoning type that needs 2 answers marked).
3. If a verbal reasoning question needs 2 answers put in (e.g. most similar, odd ones out, compound word etc.) make sure you do.
4. Don’t leave any question without an answer. If you cannot do it make your best guess and mark that in. You could also circle the
number of the question on your question paper so that you know to go back to that question if you have time.
5. You may not do any working out/rough workings on your multiple-choice answer sheet – don’t be tempted. Ask for scrap paper if
you are not given any OR use the question papers.
6. For GL exams only: Use the quick methods we learnt for some of the GL type verbal reasoning questions.
7. If you are nearing the end of the test and you have not finished make sure that you put in a guess for the questions that you
have not managed to do and quickly identify easy questions that you can do speedily.
8. If you are going to look at your own watch in the test make sure that it says the same time as the clock on the wall.
9. Watch the clock! For GL exams- If you see that you have more to do than half the questions left by half-way you must speed up.
Make sure you know when the section or test will finish (this should be written down for you somewhere).
10. For CEM Papers: Read and follow the instructions at the bottom of the page telling you either to continue to the next page or
stop working.
11. Make sure that you go to the toilet BEFORE the start of the tests. Extra time will not be given to pupils who have to leave the
exam room.
12. Listen very carefully to the instructions given – particularly for CEM Test audio instructions.
13. Ensure that you have a good breakfast and a drink before you set off – your brain needs food.
14. Take your pencils and rubber etc. in a clear plastic bag or pencil case. If all your pencils break put your hand up and ask to
borrow one until the end of that test. Pack these the night before.
15. Get some really good nights’ sleep the days leading up to your tests and give yourself a break from studying the day before.
16. Don’t worry about the results. It’s really difficult to predict how you have done as the results are all standardised
differently. You can only do your best!
17. If you are unwell on the day of a test DO NOT GO. Telephone the school to inform them and you will be given another test date.
You will have to produce a doctor’s certificate.

Hope that helps 🙂