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 2010 and 31st August 2011 will take the exam on 9th September 2021 to secure a Buckinghamshire grammar place for September 2022.
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.
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.
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.
27% of children who live in Buckinghamshire County Council Districts and sat the exam in 2019 (for 2020 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, 32% qualified.
Of all children who sat the exam (including those living in Buckinghamshire and out of county), 36% scored 121 or above and a total of 39% qualified after appeals.
Not all independent schools make their results publicly available however Buckinghamshire County Council statistics show that:
58.3%† of pupils from Partner Schools, who sat the exam in 2019, qualified for a grammar place.
26.4%‡ of pupils from Local Authority Schools in Buckinghamshire, who sat the exam in 2019, qualified for a grammar place. As some students attending Local Authority Schools in Buckinghamshire were withdrawn from the test, only 22.3% of all their pupils secured a grammar place.
39% of all pupils who sat the exam in 2019 qualified for a grammar place (including Partner Schools, Buckinghamshire Local Authority and out of county schools).
* The final statistics for the 2020 exam (reflecting appeals and partner school data) will be available in the autumn of 2021.
† 771 pupils from Partner Schools took the 2019 Buckinghamshire 11 Plus Test. Of these, 450 were eligible for Grammar (401 achieved a score of 121 or more and 49 became eligible after a successful review).
‡ 5,219 pupils from Local Authority Schools in Buckinghamshire took the 2019 Buckinghamshire 11 Plus Test. Of these, 1,379 were eligible for Grammar (1,175 achieved a score of 121 or more and 204 became eligible after a successful review). 6,179 pupils were on roll for the application process but 960 were withdrawn.
If you wish your child to be considered for entry to a Buckinghamshire grammar school in 2022, you will need to name the relevant school or schools on the Common Application Form (CAF).
Buckinghamshire residents have until 3pm on 31st October 2021 to submit their online secondary school application. If you are posting a paper application it has to arrive no later than 3pm on this date.
School places for September 2022 will be confirmed on 1st March 2022.
In whichever year you are applying, you can name up to 6 schools on your CAF.
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 Is Required to Pass the Buckinghamshire 11 Plus?
Verbal skills (50% of the mark)
Verbal reasoning (the production of words, relationships between words, letters and numbers)
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
Foundation algebra concepts
Fractions, decimals and percentages
Ratio and proportion
Area and volume
2d and 3d shapes
Non-verbal skills (25% of the mark)
Logical deduction skills
Mathematical concepts such as symmetry, rotation and reflection
Identifying relationships, similarities and differences between figures
Identifying sequences between shapes
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