I've just registered DS for Sutton mocks (haven't told him yet
) but it got me interested in the scores for last year (which are still available if you google.)
Just on a random scan down the marks sheet it seemed to me, time and time again, that even those who achieved the "pass mark" generally scored noticeably lower on the English paper. (For those who don't know the Sutton mocks, the test last year consisted of VR, maths and English comprehension.) This was quite often evident even when the candidate scored very highly on VR.
The scores are interesting as you are given your raw score and then a standardised score against what amounts to a large cohort (over 2000 sit the mocks).
Personally this causes me some relief as DS (preparing for 2013 entry) is scoring much lower in percentage terms in English papers than on anything else and I'm struggling to know how we can make any real improvement on this.
I was just interested in knowing if my findings on the mock tests ring true with others who have sat them (or any of the real Sutton school tests where English is involved) and if so, what the reason could be. Are the English papers really that much harder relatively or is it just a case of candidates not preparing as efficiently for English?