Hi Natashasmum, did you manage to speak to anyone to confirm the numbers?
I agree it is a shambles. My daughter is still waiting to sit the Late test, and there are several others waiting too. So when their papers are marked, the given ranking could very likely slip several places (though this is not mentioned in the letter).
Unfortunately, the reason we are waiting for the late test is our application was withdrawn (for reason unknown) and we were not notified. Only when I inquired why we hadn't received an exam invitation letter were we able to reinstate our registration, sadly not in time for the main exam session.
I would have been very happy to have the late test 1 week later. Especially when the child has geared up for it. Now it is Feb, and all the oomph has been lost. No real advantage, as the results are age-standardised, and of course our kids are now older, then when the cohort took the main exam.
tbh my child has not continued studying, and in fact it has caused more stress and anxiety than if it had been over with.
But, do be aware, the ranking given in the letters are only indications. Good luck.