Ds1 sat CEM Warks, 2 years ago and Ds2 sat it in Sept just gone. For Ds1, Maths, VR and NVR were given equal weighting but for ds2 this changed to being a 50% weighting of VR and a 50% weighting of NVR and Maths combined. This is because they decided that the way it was for ds1, it gave too much "help' to mathematically minded kids as NVR is correlated with high maths ability. My point is - expect the unexpected with CEM - they can change it and do change it at the drop of a hat. But you can be stronger in one area and still get in but you do have to do well in all areas, iyswim!! Also, CEM tends to be harder so scores do tend to be lower, so you won't be able to compare this years scores, with last years for example, where the test provider has changed.
Righty ho kenyancowgirl, that makes sense; I do follow their logic. I guess that if he finds it tough then others will too. With our VR-only set up, at least you were able to judge how they were doing, ie, 75% meant one grammar school, whereas 85%+ meant another. I may be wrong but I think with our new set-up (Gloucestershire) schools just do ranking now as well instead of the pass marks in previous years. All too much for me!!