Posted on December 1st, 2017
The much-anticipated announcement regarding the changes to the Bucks Secondary Transfer (11+) tests was made yesterday afternoon via an update to the Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools (BGS) website. With the change in exam provider having been announced earlier this year, many parents have been wondering what exactly this change may mean – particularly for those children due to sit the ‘new’ test for the first time in September 2018.
The test, which for the past three years has been written by Durham CEM, is now t be written by GL Assessment. Since GL Assessment were formerly the providers of the Bucks 11+ tests, prior to the last change in 2014, rumours have been abounding that the test would revert back to the same format as the ‘old’ verbal reasoning test that comprised twenty-one specific question types - in spite of the fact that BGS had stated that the tests would continue to include maths, verbal and non-verbal reasoning question types.
Yesterday’s official announcement confirms that the papers will indeed include maths, verbal and non-verbal reasoning and also provides a bit more detail as to what this will entail. Here is a summary outline of the new tests:
Children will take two 45-minute papers with a short break in between, comprising:
For how to ensure your child is prepared and ready to tackle the tests to the best of their ability, look out for our next blog: Preparing your child for the Bucks 11+ tests.
For further information about the content of the tests, including the types of questions to expect and how to support your child at home, come along to one of our free parent information sessions taking place over the next few weeks.
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The full details from BGS can be found here: https://www.thebucksgrammarschools.org/the-secondary-transfer-test
Information on Secondary Transfer Testing process can be found here: https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/education/school-admissions/secondary-transfer-testing-2019/