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 2013 and 31st August 2014 will take the exam on Thursday 12th September 2024 to secure a Buckinghamshire grammar place for September 2025.

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  • I am happy to share that Shayan passed the Buckinghamshire test with a score of 123. Many thanks to you and the team. He thoroughly enjoyed his virtual lessons and these kept him engaged with the learning process throughout covid and lockdown.

    Year 6 parent, Iver (2021)

  • He passed GL. We are very pleased with his progress over the year and feel that he has learned a lot from the process - content, focus, practice and exam-technique. I felt that he became more confident and started to mature a bit too.

    Year 6 parent, Ickenham (2021)

  • She scored 136 in the GL and 116 in the CEM. That’s all 3 children that have passed both tests and I would like to thank you and the teachers for their excellent preparation.

    Year 6 parent, Beaconsfield (2021)

  • I am happy to share that he passed the Buckinghamshire test with a score of 123. Many thanks to you and the team. He thoroughly enjoyed his virtual lessons and these kept him engaged with the learning process throughout covid and lockdown.

    Year 6 parent, Iver (2021)

  • I just wanted to let you know that D has passed his 11+ exam for Buckinghamshire and as you can imagine, he is very happy. We will be applying for our local grammar school in Aylesbury. Thank you for all your support and I would also appreciate it if you could inform his teacher, Anne, about it as well.

    Year 5 parent, Aylesbury (2022)

  • The lessons are very well organised and the communication is clear. The teachers are very nice and approachable. My son enjoyed his lessons at MRT and was happy to pass both Slough and Bucks 11+ tests![From Google Review. The location of the parent/child has been excluded as their full name is featured on Google]

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  • Our son Ryan recently completed years 4 and 5 with Marie Redmond tuition and has just scored a good pass in the Secondary Transfer Test. We can’t thank Marie and the team (particularly Sarah) enough. What seemed an insurmountable task at the start of year 4 was broken down into a well structured and progressive process that never overwhelmed him and took him to the point where he walked into the exam on the day confident that he was well prepared. In particular the regular tests that Ryan had taken throughout years 4 and 5 and also the mocks he sat in the summer just before meant that he took exam day (and the build up to it) in his stride. Thanks again to Marie and the team.[From Google Review. The location of the parent/child has been excluded as their name is featured on Google]

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  • My daughter started year 5 and she enjoyed studying there for the whole year. Her teacher Sarah was very good at teaching 11+ strategies across all subjects. She passed Kendrick, Buckinghamshire and Wallinghton Girls. Thank you for the whole team.[From Google Review. The location of the parent/child has been excluded as their name is featured on Google]

    Year 6 parent, Location Confidential (2023)

  • We are extremely pleased to tell you that she passed the Buckinghamshire Secondary Transfer Test with an amazing score of 143. Please pass on our heartfelt thanks to the team and especially Sarah for helping her through the process.

    Year 6 parent, Amersham (2021)

  • 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)

  • She got 126 so we have already applied for Buckinghamshire Grammar schools. Thank you for teaching her.

    Year 6 parent, Chesham (2021)

  • Ayana did extremely well and passed both the Slough and Buckinghamshire exams ( with top scores ) She also attended the book club & thoroughly enjoyed it Thank you so much for the journey that started 3 years ago Highly recommend[From Google Review. The location of the parent/child has been excluded as their full name is featured on Google]

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FAQs About the Buckinghamshire 11 Plus

What does the Buckinghamshire 11 Plus include?
  • The Buckinghamshire (GL Assessment) exam consists of two papers, taken on the same day, each approximately 60 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.
What does the Buckinghamshire 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 Buckinghamshire 11 Plus Transfer Test?
  • 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 an independent school in Buckinghamshire that is not classed as a ‘Partner School), or a school in another Local Authority area, you will need to register on the Buckinghamshire Secondary Transfer Testing Registration Form.
  • Registration for the 2024 exam (for children who attend partner schools and out of county schools), opened at 10am on Friday 3rd May 2024 and will close at 3pm on Friday 14th June 2024.
  • For more information about the Buckinghamshire 11 Plus, visit the Buckinghamshire Council website or The Buckingamshire Grammar Schools. You can also contact the Buckinghamshire Council Admissions team here.

What Is Required to Pass the Buckinghamshire 11 Plus?

Verbal skills, i.e. English and Verbal Reasoning (approx. 50% of the mark)

  • Comprehension
  • Verbal reasoning (the production of words, relationships between words, letters and numbers)
  • Vocabulary
  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation

Numerical Reasoning (approx. 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

Data-Led Approach With SuccessTrack® by Marie Redmond

Our term time students are assessed twice during each team – at half term and at the end of term. Based on the outcome of their initial assessment, we will create a tuition plan that sets their individual targets for each area they are preparing for (e.g. verbal, non-verbal and numerical reasoning). All lessons throughout the course are then designed to develop these areas. We continually monitor our student's progress; this means that we can check they’ve achieved their individual targets and revise their tuition plan to ensure that it suits their needs and challenges. Parents are always welcome to get in touch with us at any time during your child’s tuition, to gain feedback on their development.

SuccessTrack® by Marie Redmond is our unique data-led service that allows parents to:

  • Track their child’s progress over the Year 4 and 5 term time courses - our charts visualise a students' performance in each area of the 11 Plus, using data from our regular assessments (2 per term).
  • See their child's overall score and how that compares to our recommended pass mark for each exam they are planning to sit.
  • View anonymously how their child's scores compare (for each topic area and at a total level) to the average of all children in their cohort.
  • View their child's termly tuition plan, created using data from their assessments.
  • Read the end of term student report from their child's teacher.

Marie Redmond's Superbrain® 11+ Resources

A range of Marie Redmond's Superbrain® Books are provided exclusively to students on our courses.Marie Redmond's Superbrain® 11+ Flashcards packaging Using the knowledge gained during her eleven years of preparing students for the 11+ and independent school entrance exams, Marie Redmond MEd has written a number of verbal reasoning, English and maths books. Additionally, a range of verbal reasoning holiday course books are provided exclusively to students attending our Year 5 11+ Easter and 11+ summer holiday 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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The Marie Redmond Tuition® Book Club

Marie Redmond Tuition Book ClubSharing 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 and promoting reading for pleasure. Discover our book of the month.

Creative Writing Course

Creative Writing Course

11+ Creative Writing Course for the Reading School entrance exam

The virtual creative writing course 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.Marie Redmond's Superbrain® Creative Writing Notebook 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 4:30 pm, 5:30 pm or 6:30 pm.

For further information, including fees, term dates and FAQ's, please visit our creative writing course page.

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Buckinghamshire 11 Plus Mock ExamsGet exam ready with Marie Redmond Tuition® GL Assessment-style Buckinghamshire 11 Plus Mock Exams.

Students who sat our Buckinghamshire 11+ mock tests in 2023 said they were very similar to the actual test, which made them feel prepared and confident when sitting the exam.

 

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