I wanted to ask how other tutors are generally responding to the new Bucks test?
My DS is due to start group sessions soon in Verbal Reasoning and the tutor's response to the new test information is to create an additional maths course, and additional non-verbal reasoning course to run on top of the VR, with extra comprehension and Cloze homework i.e. 3+ hours of tuition per week with extra homework on top.
The holiday home will be theirs in no time.
The VR course is a complete waste of time because CEM does not include traditional VR. The rest is completely OTT, and it is this sort of exponential growth in tutoring that has been my most serious concern about the CEM.
If my children were going through the test this year I would be keeping a very close eye on their levels in English and maths, making up some Cloze tests so they know what one looks like and buying a few NVR books. (And I mean a few, not dozens.) Bond are probably the best starting point, and anyway, NVR does tend to be something you can either do or you can't. 30+ hours of tuition is not going to change that.
Beyond that it is read, read, read, especially more challenging non-fiction.
I would never subject my child to the sort of regime this tutor is proposing. You could DIY in well under half the time it will take you to run your child back and forth to lessons and supervise 3 hours or more of homework!