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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:46 am 
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I am after some advice/information please.

My son will be sitting the Birmingham exam on 8th Sept 2012 and the South Warwickshire exam on 15th September 2012.

i have read posts from people quoting the score levels that got places this year and the waiting list scores - Can anybody please tell me what this equates to as a %.

My son is doing 11+ tuition and has sat four mock exams and gained 81%, 77%, 75% and his last one was 72%.

I am a little nervous that a 72% pass rate would not be enough. Can anybody offer any advice please?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:17 am 
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vza has done some analysis of past scores in CEM tests:

http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/forum/11plus/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=25674

mike


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 6:35 am 
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mike1880 wrote:
vza has done some analysis of past scores in CEM tests:

http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/forum/11plus/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=25674

mike


Thanks for your response.

I have looked at the link above and have sent a message to get a little bit more information.

As well as % rates, I am also wondering what the maximum score available is on the Birmingham and Warwickshire exams.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 11:36 am 
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Maximum score possible in Warks has been 465 in recent years. As far as I remember there is no maximum score in B'ham (based on a short email exchange I had with CEM a few years ago, but I don't have the emails now so I may be wrong). Any score above 400 would stand a good chance of being the top score in either exam.

Bear in mind that standardised scores reflect performance in relation to the rest of the cohort rather than being directly related to actual marks achieved.

Mike


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 3:41 pm 
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Thanks for the info.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2012 8:00 am 
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Hi Mike 1880

I find the thought of being marked out of 465 terrifying! Does anybody really get 400?

This is the kind of thing I read which makes me feel very despondent. Here in Warwickshire you need approximately 300 out of 465 to get into various grammar schools (I think Rugby High is 311, and Ashlawn Grammar 301 or therabouts).

I can't remember who but somebody inspired me on here. If you child is in the top half or quarter of their class, they have a good chance. Don't give up (I nearly have but it's early and I'm feeling positive!)

That sounds less daunting than getting 400/465!


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2012 4:00 pm 
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It's not marked out of 465, that's the combination of standardised scores in each of the three categories, and it's misleading to think about "300 out of 465".

Standardised scores don't represent marks, they represent how your child fared in relation to everyone else. For example, a standardised score of of 100 in (say) numeric reasoning means the child's actual score was bang in the middle of all the results for numeric reasoning. A standardised score of 110 is approximately top 25%, 120 is approx top 10% and 125 approx top 5%.

Some children are brilliant across the board but most are like our daughter - two good sections and one mediocre. Hence anything over 400 is very rare.

Mike


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