A very interesting insight into the Kent test, bulu - thanks for posting that.
My theory is that gl-assessment want to take on Bond
Close, but not quite! It is more about competition between GL Assessment and Letts - more explanation of that here: http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/advice ... -and-letts
(Point 5 is now out of date, of course, because GL have now published these additional papers.)
The new papers are tougher for several reasons: papers 5 & 8 have four Type Z questions on them (the long-winded ones), whereas real papers only feature two; some of the Type Zs on all four papers are particularly tough because they ask which statement that cannot
be true, which creates double negatives on occasions and they are quite difficult to get your mind around; some of the maths brackets questions require three operations instead of two.
People should also note that the first pack of papers still contains 85 questions (at least those I have seen recently did), whereas the second pack is only 80 questions. Also, Pack 1 does not contain HIKNOS, whereas Pack 2 does (as Bulu mentioned above).