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Bucks 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 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.
FAQs about the Buckinghamshire 11 Plus
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.
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.
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 the children who live in Buckinghamshire County Council Districts and sat the exam in 2017 (for 2018 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 31%. 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 38% qualified after appeals.
* The final statistics for the 2018 exam (reflecting selection reviews and appeals) will be available by the end of November 2019.
Buckinghamshire County Council has made available the 11 Plus results for all Local Authority Schools in Buckinghamshire:
- 2017 Bucks 11 Plus results by school (2018 entry) >
- 2016 Bucks 11 Plus results by school (2017 entry) >
- 2015 Bucks 11 Plus results by school (2016 entry) >
- 2014 Bucks 11 Plus results by school (2015 entry) >
- 2013 Bucks 11 Plus results by school (2014 entry) >
Not all independent schools make their results publicly available, however Buckinghamshire County Council statistics show that:
- 62%* of pupils from Partner Schools, who sat the exam in 2017, qualified for a grammar place. 20% of Partner School pupils were not put forward for the Buckinghamshire 11 Plus test in 2017, so 49.5% of all Partner School pupils secured a Grammar place.
- 25.7%** of pupils from Local Authority Schools in Buckinghamshire, who sat the exam in 2017, qualified for a grammar place. 14.2% of pupils attending Local Authority Schools in Buckinghamshire were withdrawn from the test in 2017, so 22.1% of all their pupils secured a Grammar place.
- 38% of all pupils who sat the exam in 2017 qualified for a grammar place (including Partner Schools, Buckinghamshire Local Authority and out of county schools).
We expect that the Partner School statistics for the 2018 Buckinghamshire 11 Plus exam (2019 entry) will be published by Buckinghamshire County Council in October 2019.
*757 pupils from Partner Schools were registered to take the 2017 Buckinghamshire 11 Plus Test. Of these, 469 were eligible for Grammar (432 achieved a score of 121 or more and 37 became eligible after a successful review).
**5,244 pupils from Local Authority Schools in Buckinghamshire were registered to take the 2017 Buckinghamshire 11 Plus Test. Of these, 1,349 were eligible for Grammar (1,144 achieved a score of 121 or more and 205 became eligible after a successful review).
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 you receive your child’s 11 Plus results in October 2019, you will have until Thursday 31st October 2019 to submit your Common Application Form to your Local Authority. You can name up to 6 schools when you apply. School places for September 2020 will be confirmed at the beginning of March 2020. If you live outside Buckinghamshire, you must apply through your own Local Authority – even if your child currently attends a Buckinghamshire LA primary school.
To discover more about the Bucks grammar schools, please click on the links below:
- Aylesbury Grammar School
- Aylesbury High School
- Beaconsfield High School
- Burnham Grammar School
- Chesham Grammar School
- Dr Challoner’s Grammar School
- Dr Challoner’s High School
- John Hampden Grammar School
- The Royal Grammar School
- The Royal Latin School
- Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School
- Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School
- Wycombe High School
What is required to pass the Bucks 11 Plus?
Verbal skills (50% of the mark)
- Verbal reasoning (vocabulary: the production of words, use of words and relationships between words)
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
11 Plus Mock Exams
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