The school's website helpfully tells me which practice papers are similar to one of the tests but nothing about the other! Can anyone enlighten me?
Er, no. I don't think anyone really knows
. What I can
tell you is that there are two papers, sat on the same morning with a short break in the middle. One is 45 mins long and the other 50 mins long. One has 80 questions and the other 85. All the questions are from the Nfer 21 types except for apparently the odd one or two which will be 'new' ones, which none of the children will have experienced so you don't really need to worry about.
One test is usually heavier on the maths than the other, and no writing is allowed on the question paper - two sheets of rough paper are provided. One of the answer sheets is slightly different in that there are no clues on it - the children mark box A, B, C, D or E as their answer - there are no exact question/answer papers of this type around for practice.
I would say that if you have been practising for Bucks, then it would be worth giving the Glos. test a go, if your DS is game. Marling is always oversubscribed so I think an appeal would be your only chance of getting a place after the normal round. Applications to sit the test have to be in by 1st Oct so might be a good idea to send one in just in case
Hope that helps. Sorry for writing you an essay.