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 in September 2022 to secure a Buckinghamshire grammar place for September 2023. The date of the 2022 exam has not yet been confirmed.
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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)
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.
- Registration for the 2022 exam will open at the beginning of May 2022. The dates have not yet been confirmed.
- For more information about the Buckinghamshire 11 Plus, visit the Buckinghamshire County Council website, or contact the Buckinghamshire County Council Admissions team here.
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)
- 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
We are excited to introduce our exclusive range of Marie Redmond’s Superbrain® resources. 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 range of instructional verbal reasoning books. The books are provided exclusively to Year 5 students attending our Easter and summer holiday courses, as well as those enrolled on our Year 5 term-time courses. Our range of books will be expanding over the academic year and ‘Marie Redmond’s Superbrain’® vocabulary cards will be given to all our students in the autumn term.
The Marie Redmond Tuition® Book Club
Sharing 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, promoting reading for pleasure and it allows time for some much-needed social interaction! Open exclusively to our term time students in Years 4 and 5.
Creative Writing Course
The virtual creative writing course is exclusive to our Year 4 and Year 5 term time students and 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. 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 2020 said they were very similar to the actual test, which made them feel prepared and confident when sitting the exam.
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