Well we got through it, but unlike the Queen Mary, it has been so much more stressful for some reason. One poor girl at Handsworth put all her answers on the question paper and did not know how to use the answer grid. Mine was at the other end of the spectrum sitting there wasting valuable seconds making sure boxes were fully shaded in (despite repeated exhortations from parents to give herself time to just guess any that she had not the time to do in the last minute of each section)....................arrrrrrrggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhh!
I have spoken to several parents over the past few days. Many kids were simply not expecting the speed element. My DC very frustrated as her tutor said boxes had to be fully coloured in, thus she spent time making sure of that, losing the bigger picture that its imperative to get through and then check. That said many kids seemed to have missed questions, with only one I know having completed all. As her elder sibling got high 240's last year, it seems pretty clear that the tutor knows CEM and the need for speed.
In contrast to this forum, most of the parents that did both (that I have spoken to) are reporting that their kids believe King Edward was harder than the Queen Mary. I suspect that this might well be down to jaded memories of July 1st. But my daughter in contrast is still adamant that the questions were easier. At the same time she thinks she has flunked it due to missing questions. She says she did fully complete maths ones and check them. We have always learned to factor in a mistake / error rate of at least 10% - so combing that with missed questions, gives a pretty solid basis for believing that she could not have got a positive result.
My question is this - has anyone got any sense of how many questions can be missed in total, and still have any realistic chance of passing? The invigilator and the CD make a big deal of telling kids that it does not matter if they do not answer all the questions in a section, but speed must be key as well as accuracy i.e. not just simply guessing.
Other than that I am am having a glass of Rose' - we have at least the minor consolation that she got a medal for doing well on a recent maths tournament. You can imagine how down in the dumps we are. She is really frustrated and says she thinks if she had better technique, she would have felt a lot better about her chances.
What do people think? Were just going to put it down to experience and let plan B and C play out
My dd said she found KE harder than QM. She missed some questions and guessed some. Actually, the first thing that she said when she came out was she only remembered at the end of the paper she was meant to make sure she leaves no gaps on multiple choice questions. She just forgot under strwss and pressure. It's out of our hands now, we can speculate all we like.