Secondary Transfer Testing and Grammar schools 2018

1. Secondary Transfer Testing introduction

This guide is for Secondary Transfer Testing for Year 7 entry in September 2018. Please go here for information on transfer testing in 2017

There are two types of mainstream secondary schools in Buckinghamshire: grammar schools and upper/all-ability schools.

  • Grammar schools admit children based on their performance in the Secondary Transfer Test
  • Upper/all-ability schools admit any child, regardless of ability

All the grammar schools in Buckinghamshire are their own Admission Authority. Buckinghamshire LA acts as the Secondary Transfer Testing process administrator for The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools (TBGS). This information is provided on their behalf.

The Secondary Transfer Test is taken at the beginning of the autumn term of Year 6. It is independently produced by the Centre for Evaluation & Monitoring (CEM) at the University of Durham. The test has been specially designed to work out a child's potential and the skills measured in the test should make sure that all children go to a school that can best meet their educational needs.

The Secondary Transfer Test is a test of children's ability to think through and solve problems posed in three different contexts: verbal, numerical and non-verbal. This gives children the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in a range of ways – using words, numbers and pictures or diagrams.

There has been a great deal of research internationally and for many decades about the nature of children's abilities and how best to measure them.

The Secondary Transfer Test reflects modern research into the nature of ability and the quite widely-held view that people have multiple abilities. It is therefore considered appropriate to test children's ability to think in a range of different contexts.

To make sure that children have had the chance to see the style of the tests and to try out some of the question types, there is a Familiarisation booklet to work through at home. Then, before taking the Secondary Transfer Test, children will also take the Preparation Test.

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Last updated: 10 May 2017

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