bexley mum wrote:
does this mean the Bexley test is easier than others?
I'm not sure how it compares to other areas, although it is set by NFER Nelson who set in lots of areas, so it is likely to be similar, I would have thought.
I think what the 'guest' was talking about was the way the marks are used to decide if a child is selective or not. In his area, it looks as if each of the 3 papers his son sat have a pass mark , and you need a pass in all 3 to get a grammar school place, so you need to be strong in all the areas tested.
Bexley set 4 papers, but total the 4 standardised scores to give one total aggregate mark. In theory it is possible to be weaker in one paper, but still get a selective place if you score highly in the other three as these scores would counter out a 'poorer' one.
Even if the 11+ is easier in one area though, it would just mean the pass mark would be higher as the number of selective places available would still be the same.