A similar story here. My D said the English paper was really easy and finished the VR with a spare 10 minutes but described the maths paper as really hard. She wasn't even able to finish the paper. She thinks she left out about 2 to 5 questions but wasn't confident with those she'd answered. This is someone who normally scores 70-80% in practise papers.
That's really interesting. It's almost identical to my son. I'm wondering if they've decided to mix things up a bit this year because it's normally the English which is hard. I'm a bit miffed about the English because one of the sections we were relying on wasn't there according to my ds.
I'm not sure what to make of the VR paper. It's unusual to finish that early. The passmark might end up being much higher this year.