What I find confusing about the 12 + is that a child should be working at a good level 5, however it was my understanding that in order to have a chance of passing the 11+ one would need to be working at level 5. Does this mean that both the 11+ and the 12+ are about the same difficulty level?
Difficult one. Obviously if a child has reached level 5 accross the board on entering year 6 ready to take the 11 plus then they would probably be predicted a very comfortable pass - In my area they pass the top 23% of all year 6 pupils- in my dd's class 25% passed and i would think only 2 of these were all level 5's when they took the test. Most were level 4a and will be leaving primary with level 5's
I also hear that primary level 5 is easier that level 5 work at secondary