Capt Anxious wrote:
really ? Personally i'd say 358 are pretty damn good results !
Me too! I hope you've not told your DD how you feel?
I am not trying to be inflammatory.
To put some context. We live way out of most CSSE schools; so Chelmsford CHS (OOC) and Woodford CHS are only realistic option. CSSE is more of back-pocket option (just in case nothing else works out). So this score is (hopefully) not about getting a place.
Understandably all preparation focus has been on CEM. My daughter only took the CSSE practice tests 2 days before the actual exams.
I understand the differences in English papers between CEM & CSSE; so score of 45 in English is excusable. But maths paper is a maths paper - CSSE or CEM pattern shouldn't make a difference. Moreover, CSSE maths test is not time-pressured (as CEM is); so I can't see how mistakes could be made in maths test (barring 1-2 silly ones). These CSSE math tests are nowhere of the same difficulty as that for City of London Girls, Bancroft, St. Olave's etc. In my mind, 60 is a par score in CSSE maths.
The way I see it, this score (or similar performance) wouldn't have been sufficient for CCHS OOC entry (2 years back when CCHS also used CSSE papers). I admit that there is no guarantee that my daughter has performed equally (badly) in CEM. I will discover it in 2-3 days anyway whether she has been good enough for CCHS. Ahead of CCHS result, she has got me very worried and jittery.
I haven't discussed the CSSE result as yet with her; but she shouldn't mind me telling that she could've done better.