A few answers:-
In warwickshire this year the papers were all new and so nobody new what to expect, the test was taken in test centres on a Saturday and all papers taken one after the other.
The test was set by the Univ of Durham CEM (the same body that has been setting the B/Ham KE tests for the last few year). One of the features of the way that CEM and Warwickshire design the test is that parents are only given a broad idea of what going to be in the test. In this way CEM and Warwickshire will argue that the test is fairer in the this limits the amount of tutoring or preping that can be done.
Can anyone give me advice that is specific to appeals in Warwickshire as this website is fantastic but the info seems to be more specific to southern regions.
I'm afraid I don't have any information about this, but if you are contemplating an Appeal one of the first things you must do is find out what the Appeals statistics have been for the last few years. In particular you need tio find out the number of succesful appeals so you can judge if you are wasting your time.
B/Ham KE schools for example only have about 4 successful appeals each year and you generally have to have something very specific that would have impacted the performance in the test. However Warwickshire may be different.
Also because Boys did better than girls in order to fill the girls grammar the pass mark although in the literature was set at 329 girls with as low as 321 have been given a place but the boys grammar the pass mark was still at 329? gender descrimination? or clutching at straws?!
This is a bit of a red herring, I thought that the Warwickshire test was gender neutral. All tests have biases but if a specific bias is required then this can be designed in by CEM. However in this case I suspect that the reason for differences will probably be down to a increased number or boy applications or more girl grammar places being available.
Hope this helps