There seems to be a general sense of disease with the new CEM exams in Bucks and Bexley. It is ridiculous, that parents of top of the class bright children should be so fearful that their DD's have failed the exam. However I too am in the same boat. DD is top of the class, very bright, predicted level 6 SATs in Maths and possibly English too if the school will submit her for it (apparently it is very rare to submit children for Eng. level 6). Yet she was so distressed during the exam at finding that she couldn't complete all the sections (she is used to getting 100%), that she ended up in tears and apparently fluffed the last section as a result. She in convinced that she has failed. How on earth is this exam going to allow the bright children to enter the GS's? It seems to me that it will be the children who do not fluster easily, which is often not the bright ones. The brighter children often struggle if they don't feel like they are achieving what they perceive is expected of them and get upset. There is actually a lot of research into this. One indie in Oxford has set up a programme called how not to be little miss perfect, because they are so worried about the amount of pressure that high achieving girls are under and the effect on their mental health and results.
Me thinks there may be a lot of appeals this year if the brighter kids don't get through! Lets hope that thy all shine through. the not so bright kids will probably have been even more stressed hen faced with such time pressure.
Although I understand everyones worry, with new tests it is always more difficult to guess how well you did.
My DD sat the Tiffin Girls stage 2 last year and it was first year it was run, with no info on format, test length, number of questions etc. Results only came out after school places announced 1st March so some who might have taken it and got good mark might have opted for another school, but the pass mark was 49.7% (and I think it ended up below 49 as some got places from the waiting list)
What I'm trying to highlight is the absolute mark is meaningless, ultimately you are competing against other candidates so your rank is the important key. If the test format catches everyone out, then pass mark could be many percentage points lower. If a school has 100 places no point in only having dozen people pass some arbitrary percentage.
Remember the tests have to try and separate the bright kids, if only 15% brightest sit it, then someone who is used to being near top of the class isn't going to be able to coast through into top quartile, unless class tests