John Hampden Grammar School

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Introduction to the Buckinghamshire Transfer Test (Bucks 11 Plus)

To apply for a place at a Buckinghamshire grammar school (including John Hampden 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.

FAQs

What does the Bucks 11 Plus include?

The GL 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 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 Bucks 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 Bucks 11 Plus Transfer Test?

What is required to pass the Bucks 11 Plus and help secure a place at John Hampden Grammar School?

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

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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.

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Feedback from parents

  • I am pleased to say that Ollie did pass his 11+ with a score of 132 and hopes to go to John Hampden.

    Year 5 parent, High Wycombe (2016)

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