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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 11:28 am 
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Hi guys

Does anyone know approx how many children sat the test for the Birmingham consortium test this year????


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 11:29 am 
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There were 4600 candidates for Brum

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 8:59 pm 
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Is that the usual number? Do we know the source of this figure?


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 9:06 pm 
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Thank you very much umsusu, I was told by someone that there were over 12,000 and that moment was so stressing. The competition is fierce even thinking about the small chance of our children gaining a place.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 10:06 pm 
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I rang the consortium office and they said that 500 more kids entered this year.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 10:34 pm 
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Is it then possible to calculate the increase in points required for entry this year ? Is there a ratio we can work out to multiply the past scores by to try to approximate this years pass mark? Assuming all other factors are equal?


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 10:44 pm 
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Dopey2012 wrote:
Is it then possible to calculate the increase in points required for entry this year ? Is there a ratio we can work out to multiply the past scores by to try to approximate this years pass mark? Assuming all other factors are equal?
It's possible - but it relies on the assumption that the 500 extra were of the same standard as the original 4100. Which may well not be the case.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 10:51 pm 
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If we made that assumption what would the calculation be? ( this question will be on next years paper by the way !!)


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 8:10 am 
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Minicooper wrote:
Thank you very much umsusu, I was told by someone that there were over 12,000 and that moment was so stressing. The competition is fierce even thinking about the small chance of our children gaining a place.


Minicooper, you get all sorts of figures brandished about - sometimes it is just scaremongering but other times what you find is that someone simply adds up the number of candidates that have put a grammar somewhere on the CAF form : well when I finally get round to doing my form I could potentially put down 5 grammars - that is 5 applications but only one candidate.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:41 pm 
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12,000 is the total number of preferences that people have put on their forms, in 2011 there were 3500 people who put a grammar school as FIRST preference and it's that number that's closer to the actual number of grammar school applications.


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