Many thanks for your reply. I have had a look and the threads don't go back all the way to 2002 and I'm not sure whether I got the English text right. I said it was "the Mill on the Floss" but it might have been "Far from the Madding Crowd". I can't remember.
I was only thinking about it because I have been researching 11 plus exams and their effects and I came upon this forum a couple of months back. I have been reading curiously since then.
My son took the 11+ in 2002 and got what I would consider to be very high scores. Nevertheless, he was a **** of a long way from getting into KEGS and I am wondering if the exams have got harder. Looking at the letter with his scores on now, it seems to me that there must have been a very large number of very, very high scores that year.
I think they have got harder. I suspect the VR has definitely got harder too.I think that the schools have realised that children are doing up to two years of tuition and have had to respond.Ten years ago You couldn't get 11+ tution in Sainsburys for example.
It is a very rare child who hasn't had months of tuition and takes the exam now but going back a decade there were a lot more who just took the exam without prep.