Bucks 11 Plus Exam

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Introduction to the Buckinghamshire Transfer Test (Bucks 11 Plus)

To apply for a place at a Buckinghamshire grammar school, your child will need to pass the Bucks Transfer Test (11 Plus exam). Children born between 1st September 2008 and 31st August 2009 will take the exam in September 2019 to secure a Buckinghamshire grammar place for September 2020.

What does the Bucks 11 Plus include?

The GL Assessment exam consists of two papers, taken on the same day, each approximately 45 minutes in duration and testing three areas – verbal, mathematical and non-verbal reasoning skills. The first paper tests verbal skills, including comprehension, English technical language and verbal reasoning. The second paper tests non-verbal reasoning, spatial reasoning and maths. All questions on both papers are multiple choice and pupils indicate their answers on a separate answer sheet.

What is required to pass the Bucks 11 Plus?

To pass, pupils must score well in all sections of the test:

Verbal skills
(50% of the mark)

  • Comprehension
  • Verbal reasoning (vocabulary: the production of words, use of words and relationships between words)
  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation

Mathematical skills
(25% of the mark)

  • Basic skills (addition, multiplication,
    division and subtraction)
  • Mental maths development
  • Problem solving techniques
  • Extracting information from
    graphs and tables
  • Fractions and ratios
  • Foundation algebra concepts

Non-verbal skills
(25% of the mark)

  • Spatial awareness
  • Logical deduction skills
  • Mathematical concepts such as
    symmetry, rotation and reflection

What does the Bucks 11 Plus look like?

A Familiarisation booklet, produced by GL Assessment, contains information about the content of the tests, some advice about taking the tests and a few sample questions. You can see the most recent booklet here >

You can also find example papers on the website of GL Assessment.

How do I register my child for the Bucks 11 Plus Transfer Test?

You do not need to register your child if they attend a Buckinghamshire Local Authority primary school. If your child goes to a Partner School or a school in another Local Authority area, you will need to register with the Buckinghamshire 11 Plus Admissions Team. Dates for the 2019 exam have yet to be confirmed but we expect registration to open at 3pm on 1st May 2019 and close at 3pm on 28th June 2019.

For more information about the Bucks 11 Plus, visit the Bucks County Council website, or contact the Buckinghamshire County Council Admissions team here.

What is the pass mark of the Bucks 11 Plus?

The scores from both papers are added together and ‘age standardised’ to make it fair for pupils of all ages. To meet the necessary standard for a Buckinghamshire grammar school, your child will need to achieve a score of 121 or more.

What is the Bucks 11 Plus pass rate?

26% of the children who live in Buckinghamshire County Council Districts and sat the exam in 2016 (for 2017 entry) achieved a score of 121 or above and qualified automatically for a place at one of Buckinghamshire’s thirteen grammar schools. After appeals and reviews were heard, the final intake was 29%. Of all children who sat the exam (including those living in Buckinghamshire and out of county), 34% scored 121 or above and a total of 37% qualified after appeals.

Bucks 11 Plus results for children living in Buckinghamshire 2013-2017
Bucks 11 Plus results for all children sitting the exam 2013-2017
* The final statistics for the 2017 exam (reflecting selection reviews and appeals) will be available by the end of October 2018.

How did my child’s school perform?

Buckinghamshire County Council has made available the 11 Plus results for all Local Authority Schools:

Independent schools do not make their results publicly available, however 59% of pupils from Partner Schools who sat the exam in 2016, qualified for a grammar place, compared with 37% of all pupils that registered to take the test. The partner school statistics for the 2017 exam (2018 entry) will be made available by Buckinghamshire County Council in October 2018.

When are the Bucks 11 Plus results announced?

The 2018 Buckinghamshire 11 Plus (Transfer Test) results were released on 12th October 2018. Dates for the 2019 exam have yet to be confirmed.

When can I apply for a Buckinghamshire grammar school place for my child?

When you receive your child’s 11 Plus results on 12th October 2018, you will have until Wednesday 31st October 2018 to submit your Common Application Form to your Local Authority. You can name up to 6 schools when you apply. School places for September 2019 will be confirmed on Friday 1st March 2019.

If you live outside Buckinghamshire, you must apply through your own Local Authority – even if your child currently attends a Buckinghamshire LA primary school.

What are the Buckinghamshire grammar school admissions policies?

To discover more about the Bucks grammar schools, please click on the links below:

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By the grace of God, Ananya did well in all her exams. She scored 130 in Slough and 153 in Bucks Exams. She is also in Band A for the Henrietta Barnett School. Thank you so much for your valuable guidance and encouragement through the past two years. Ananya really enjoyed the classes and learnt a lot. Please thank all the teachers on our behalf. Can I also add that though Ananya found the work in the classes challenging she never felt pressured and actually enjoyed coming every week.
Year 5 parent, Uxbridge (2017)
Daniel did very well, he has got 142 in Buckinghamshire test, and 118 in Slough. Thank you for your contribution.
Year 5 parent, Iver (2017)
She passed the 11 Bucks exam. I would like to thank you for all support over the holidays. The classes were really beneficial for her.
Year 5 parent, Stoke Poges (2017)
Aaliah achieved 119 in the slough paper and 135 in the Bucks paper and I’m super proud of her! I would like to thank yourself and Sinead for the support and tuition you have provided! I’m sure you will be delighted to hear this happy news and thank you for all your support and advice during what was a very stressful time!
Year 5 parent, Slough (2017)
Hi, my daughter went to Sinead’s class on Saturday 14:30 at Stoke Poges. We have received Slough and Bucks result and we are very pleased Megan passed both test Slough 122 and Bucks 136. Thank you all your support and guided us this journey. I am sure she will get her first choice of school. Please pass on this message to Sinead and say big thank you. I definitely think about my son to go to your tuition when he become year 5.
Year 5 parent, Hayes (2017)
Please can you kindly let Anne know that Maria passed both Bucks & Slough 11+ test. Thank you for all your help. I can’t thank you both enough.
Year 5 parent, Denham (2017)
Please can you forward our comments to Anne, as our son thinks she is a very good tutor and enjoys her classes. He enjoyed the classes so much, that he invited his friends to join. His friends have now joined and attend the same class as him.
Year 5 parent, Farnham Common (2016)
She did really well and passed both the Bucks and Slough 11+ tests – so she is delighted. Many thanks to your tutors for all their help and pre-exam advice.
Year 5 parent, West Drayton (2016)
Matilda achieved a score of 139 in the Bucks exam and thus qualifies for her first-choice school. We’re very pleased so thank you very much for all your help in getting Matilda there.
Year 5 parent, Uxbridge (2016)
He passed both Bucks and Slough 11plus exams with a high score. We will find out which grammar school he goes to in March next year. Many thanks to you and to all the teachers for their support.
Year 5 parent, Slough (2016)
Hi Marie, Oliver has “qualified for a Buckinghamshire grammar school”! We are very happy indeed. Please convey our thanks to Anne. His score was 130.
Year 5 parent, Beaconsfield (2016)
Maryam has passed her bucks 11 plus with a very good score of 164. She scored 130 in the slough test with 138 as the highest score achieved in the exam. Just wanted to say thank you from all of us. Please pass our thanks to her teacher.
Year 5 parent, Downley (2016)
Matas passed Bucks test with the score of 137, can’t describe how grateful we are for your help and support!
Year 5 parent, Uxbridge (2016)
We thought you might like to know Natasha passed the Bucks 11+ with flying colours with a score 173! We are very pleased and proud – thanks for all your help and support.
Year 5 parent, Iver (2015)
I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for your time and support. My daughter Simran has got her results and did really well: Bucks – 170. Slough – 124. Could you please also let Anne know and thank her from us for tutoring Simran and making the lessons fun and interactive. Simran thoroughly enjoyed going each week.
Year 5 parent, Slough (2015)
Marie Redmond Tuition was the best choice I made for my son after testing out several other tuition centres. Marie and Anne at the centre in Stoke Poges encouraged my son in many ways to do well in all areas for the 11+. Their patience and method of teaching the children was outstanding. He thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and could not get enough of them. He achieved well above the 11+ pass mark for Bucks and Slough consortium and we are ecstatic.
Year 5 parent, Uxbridge (2014)
He did really well – passed with 132 Bucks and 114 Slough.
Year 5 parent, Slough (2014)
Josh did very well indeed. He got 140 for Bucks and 124 for Slough.
Year 5 parent, Ickenham (2014)
Alvin scored 138 in Bucks 11 Plus and 118 in Slough. Thank you for all of your support.
Year 5 parent, Ascot (2014)
Morgan scored 153 in his Bucks 11+ and has qualified for Grammar. We are thrilled with his result and thank you for making the classes so enjoyable that he was happy to attend each week.
Year 5 parent, Amersham (2014)
He passed the Bucks test and 130 was his score. It’s all thanks to your and Anne’s hard work and patience, so thank you. He is over the moon and very happy.
Year 5 parent, Uxbridge (2014)
Ali passed Bucks exam. He got 141. We are so happy. Thank you for all your help.
Year 5 parent, Slough (2014)