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Buckinghamshire 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 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 2009 and 31st August 2010 were due to take the exam on 10th September 2020 to secure a Buckinghamshire grammar place for September 2021.
COVID-19 impact: The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools have announced that the new test dates will be:
- 27th-30th October (out of county children) and
- 2nd-5th November (children attending Buckinghamshire primary schools and Partner schools).
They will provide further information to parents in due course.
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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 opens at 3pm on 5th May 2020 and closes at 3pm on 25th June 2020.
- For more information about the Buckinghamshire 11 Plus, visit the Buckinghamshire 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.
26% of children who live in Buckinghamshire County Council Districts and sat the exam in 2018 (for 2019 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 2019 exam (reflecting selection reviews and appeals) will be available in the autumn of 2020.
For full statistics, visit Buckinghamshire County Council’s statistics on grammar school entry.
Buckinghamshire County Council has made available the 11 Plus results for all Local Authority Schools in Buckinghamshire:
- 2018 Buckinghamshire 11 Plus results by school (2019 entry) >
- 2017 Buckinghamshire 11 Plus results by school (2018 entry) >
- 2016 Buckinghamshire 11 Plus results by school (2017 entry) >
- 2015 Buckinghamshire 11 Plus results by school (2016 entry) >
- 2014 Buckinghamshire 11 Plus results by school (2015 entry) >
- 2013 Buckinghamshire 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 2019 Buckinghamshire 11 Plus (Transfer Test) results were released on 18th October 2019. The 2020 Buckinghamshire 11 Plus results are currently scheduled for release on 16th October 2020, but this will likely move to December if The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools receive Department for Education approval to delay the exam to October/November.
- When you received your child’s 11 Plus results in October 2019, you had until 3pm on Thursday 31st October 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 on 1st 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 Buckinghamshire grammar schools, please click on the links below:
- Aylesbury Grammar School, Buckinghamshire
- Aylesbury High School, Buckinghamshire
- Beaconsfield High School, Buckinghamshire
- Burnham Grammar School, Buckinghamshire
- Chesham Grammar School, Buckinghamshire
- Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, Buckinghamshire
- Dr Challoner’s High School, Buckinghamshire
- John Hampden Grammar School, Buckinghamshire
- The Royal Grammar School, Buckinghamshire
- The Royal Latin School, Buckinghamshire
- Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School, Buckinghamshire
- Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School, Buckinghamshire
- Wycombe High School, Buckinghamshire
What Is Required to Pass the Buckinghamshire 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
Get exam ready with Marie Redmond Tuition® GL Assessment-style Buckinghamshire 11 Plus Mock Exams.
Students who sat our Buckinghamshire mock exams in 2019 said they were very similar to the actual test, which made them feel prepared and confident when sitting the exam.
For information on all our 11 Plus Mock Exams, visit our Mock Exam Information page.
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