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Bucks 11+ Exam – GL Assessment Update
As you may remember, the examination board for the 11+ for your child’s year will be changing from the Durham CEM to GL Assessment, and the Bucks Consortium of Grammar Schools have now released further information on what the new exam in September 2018 will entail.
The exam will comprise of two papers, each approximately 45 minutes long. The first paper will include comprehension, technical English and verbal reasoning questions. The second paper will include non-verbal reasoning, spatial reasoning and maths questions.
When will the exam be?
The exam will remain on one day, and the children will take a familiarisation paper two days before, as it has always been. The actual exam date for 2018 will be Thursday 13th September(as we had anticipated).
How will the subjects be weighted?
The weighting of the subject areas has ever so slightly changed – the English and VR will still carry 50% of the marks, but the NVR will be worth 25% and Maths 25% too. (It used to be that maths was worth 30% and NVR 20%, so this is just a slight shift).
What is the passmark of the exam?
As before, the test does not have a specific ‘pass mark’. Instead there is a qualifying score for admission to grammar school. The qualifying score for Buckinghamshire grammar schools will continue to be a Secondary Transfer Test Score (STTS) of 121 or above. The STTS is calculated by age-standardising the three section scores and then adding them using the following weightings: verbal – 50%; mathematical – 25%; non-verbal – 25%. The total is the STTS.
For those taking the exam ‘Out of County’
Registration for children attending out-of-county and partner schools will open on 1 May 2018 and close on 28 June 2018 at 3pm. Details of how and when to register will be available on the Buckinghamshire County Council website along with other useful information for parents about moving up to secondary school in Buckinghamshire and the secondary transfer testing.
Emma and I are very happy with this outcome – we have edited full the course and our Home Based Learning packages to include GL Assessment- specific verbal reasoning types as well as more ‘technical English’ based on the GL Assessment materials that are available. We also kept key areas such as Comprehension and a wide range of Maths and NVR within our weekly and summer work, so we feel very confident that your child will feel well prepared with us and our new materials.
We can now progress with editing our mock exams to suit the new format too, so that all our students will have excellent and authentic test experience before the real thing.
I hope the above is helpful but if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let me know, but otherwise we very much look forward to seeing the students in their lessons in January.