How to support your child in the build up to the Transfer Test.
After months of preparation, the Northern Ireland Transfer test exams are almost upon us. How can you ensure that your child is calm, cool and collected on the day. Here are a few tips to make sure they can perform to the best of their abilities.
The hard work has been done! How can we make sure the actual exam is stress free?
The week before the test
- Try to make sure your child eats healthily in the run up to the test. Don’t be tempted to give them too many sugary, fatty treats to make them feel better. The body needs lots of fresh fruit, vegetables, oily fish, and plenty of water. Dehydration shrinks the brain!!
- Make sure your child is getting lots of sleep by going to bed at a reasonable hour. Try and keep any extra after school activities to a minimum in the week before the test. You don’t want them to be over tried.
- Make sure that your child knows when the test starts and finishes.
- Go shopping for some new HB pencils and a quality rubber.
The Day of the Test
- Leave time for the journey to the test venue. Check the traffic reports before you set out.
- Make sure that your child has a good healthy breakfast. Consider giving them a healthy snack on the way to the test such as a banana. This will keep their blood sugar up, which will help with their concentration.
- Remind your child is keep an eye on the time. The invigilators should alert your child every 15 minutes but your child must take responsibility for timing the test as well.
- Don’t forget essentials such as glasses or an inhaler. Give them some tissues just in case.
- Prepare your child for the fact that some children may cry. Help them understand that they must focus on themselves and not the emotions of others.
- Talk about the distractions they may face in the exam room and how to ignore them and get on with their work.
After the test is over
- Give them a big hug and reassure them that it doesn’t matter what the result is, they have done their best and you are extremely proud of them!
- Spend the rest of the day engaged in a relaxing and fun activity of your child’s choice to help them take their mind off what may have been a stressful experience.
- Ask your child how they felt the exam went. Try to find out if anything significant went wrong for them. This information could be important if you have to appeal.
For more information on how we can help your child prepare for the Transfer Test please visit our website.