**Comparing subject scores in 2012-2915 entry****English **(% since from 2012 to 2014, the paper was marked out of 50, but in 2015 out of 60)

____________________ 2012 ____ 2013 ___ 2014 ____

**2015**mean ________________46.0____ 37.4____ 49.3_____

**55.3**standard deviation ____ 13.8____ 14.2____ 13.8______

** 14.4**The 2015 entry mean continues the previous year trend of increasing suggesting that the English paper is getting easier. This could also have been affected by the change in format of the paper with the creative writing piece.

**Mathematics **(% since from 2012 to 2014, the paper was marked out of 40, but in 2015 out of 60)

____________________ 2012 ____ 2013 ___ 2014 ____

**2015**mean ________________ 54.1____ 54.6____ 52.1_____

** 63.9**standard deviation _____ 20.4____ 17.7 ____ 20.5 ____

**17.8**The 2015 mean is substantially higher than previous years suggesting that the Mathematics paper was much easier. This places a premium on candidates to reduce the number of careless mistakes as scores are now bunched up towards the top.

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Incidentally, based on the 67 scores posted in the results thread in this forum , the mean score is 342.8 so clearly the scores here are not representative of all scores. The comments in various threads referring to high scores this year is more a reflection of the skewed sample. On one hand you could infer that parents who use this 11+ forum have DD and DS who are on average above average