Buckinghamshire 11 Plus Exam

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 Buckinghamshire Transfer Test (11 Plus exam). The Buckinghamshire test is provided by GL Assessment and the pass mark is 121. Children born between 1st September 2011 and 31st August 2012 will take the exam on Thursday 15th September 2022* to secure a Buckinghamshire grammar place for September 2023.

* This date is currently provisional for children who do not attend a Buckinghamshire primary or partner school or who do not live in Bucks. The test date for these children will be confirmed later in the year.


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  • I am happy to share that he passed the Buckinghamshire test with a score of 123. Many thanks to you and the team. He thoroughly enjoyed his virtual lessons and these kept him engaged with the learning process throughout covid and lockdown.

    Year 6 parent, Iver (2021)

  • She scored 136 in the GL and 116 in the CEM. That’s all 3 children that have passed both tests and I would like to thank you and the teachers for their excellent preparation.

    Year 6 parent, Beaconsfield (2021)

  • We are extremely pleased to tell you that she passed the Buckinghamshire Secondary Transfer Test with an amazing score of 143. Please pass on our heartfelt thanks to the team and especially Sarah for helping her through the process.

    Year 6 parent, Amersham (2021)

  • He passed GL. We are very pleased with his progress over the year and feel that he has learned a lot from the process - content, focus, practice and exam-technique. I felt that he became more confident and started to mature a bit too.

    Year 6 parent, Ickenham (2021)

  • I am happy to share that Shayan passed the Buckinghamshire test with a score of 123. Many thanks to you and the team. He thoroughly enjoyed his virtual lessons and these kept him engaged with the learning process throughout covid and lockdown.

    Year 6 parent, Iver (2021)

  • Hi Marie, a very big thank you to you and your staff in preparing Rohan (Beaconsfield Sat 930am class) for his 11 Plus. He passed the Bucks test with a score of 131. The tuition course was well structured and organised with prompt replies to emails. A very positive first experience of going through the 11 Plus process. We will be in touch soon to prepare our two younger children.

    Year 5 parent, Ickenham (2018)

  • She got 126 so we have already applied for Buckinghamshire Grammar schools. Thank you for teaching her.

    Year 6 parent, Chesham (2021)

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FAQs About the Buckinghamshire 11 Plus

What does the Buckinghamshire 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 does the Buckinghamshire 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 Buckinghamshire 11 Plus Transfer Test?

What Is Required to Pass the Buckinghamshire 11 Plus?

Verbal skills (50% of the mark)

  • Comprehension
  • Verbal reasoning (the production of words, relationships between words, letters and numbers)
  • Vocabulary
  • 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
  • Averages
  • Foundation algebra concepts
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Area and volume
  • 2d and 3d shapes

Non-verbal skills (25% of the mark)

  • Spatial awareness
  • Logical deduction skills
  • Mathematical concepts such as symmetry, rotation and reflection
  • Identifying relationships, similarities and differences between figures
  • Identifying sequences between shapes

Marie Redmond's Superbrain® 11+ Resources

Our range of Marie Redmond’s Superbrain® Books are provided exclusively to Year 5 students and will be expanding to Year 4 from autumn 2022.Marie Redmond's Superbrain® 11+ Flashcards packaging Using the knowledge gained during her ten years of preparing students for the 11+ and independent school entrance exams, Marie Redmond MEd has written a number of instructional verbal reasoning and maths books. The verbal reasoning holiday course books are provided exclusively to students attending our 11+ Easter and 11+ summer holiday courses; the verbal reasoning and maths books are provided exclusively to students enrolled on our Year 5 term-time courses. Marie Redmond’s Superbrain® 11 Plus Flash Cards are given to all our term time students when they join, to supercharge their vocabulary skills.


Our Expanded Range of Marie Redmond’s Superbrain® Books for Year 5 Courses Starting in September 2022

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The Marie Redmond Tuition® Book Club

Marie Redmond Tuition Book ClubSharing our enjoyment of books is a fantastic way to encourage reading and therefore develop vocabulary and comprehension at home. The Marie Redmond Tuition® Book Club is an excellent platform for discussions about books, opportunities for creativity and promoting reading for pleasure. Discover our book of the month.

Creative Writing Course

11+ Creative Writing Course for the Reading School entrance exam

The virtual creative writing course is taught by our experienced teacher, Anne, who has an immense passion for reading and writing and leads our Book Club, in addition to teaching 11+ courses. This option is particularly useful for boys preparing for the Reading School 11+ exam but is open to all our students.

Students attend one creative writing lesson per week on Zoom, which lasts for 45 minutes. During every lesson they participate in a fun writing skills warm-up activity which might focus on grammar or a literary device, they might read and analyse a writing example or use a story prompt, and then work on creating their own text.

Every week there is a focus which can include story settings, characters, openings, events / problems and resolutions.Marie Redmond's Superbrain® Creative Writing Notebook Students practise writing in a variety of formats such as stories, plays, newspaper articles and letters. They are taught to use a variety of literary techniques and we show them how to draft their work, as well as reviewing and editing.

Homework is set every week. Students build upon the tasks in their lesson to create their own text. The texts are then reviewed at the start of the next lesson.

One lesson per week on Zoom, lasting 45 minutes. Tuesdays at 5.30pm or 6.30pm.

For further information, including fees, term dates and FAQ’s, please visit our creative writing course page.

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Students who sat our Buckinghamshire 11+ mock tests in 2021 said they were very similar to the actual test, which made them feel prepared and confident when sitting the exam.


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