Secondary Transfer Testing and Grammar schools 2018

9. Marking and the results of the Secondary Transfer Test

The test results will be available on 13 October 2017 for all children tested on 14 September 2017. Results for any child tested later will be released as soon as possible afterwards. This means that for most children the test results will be available before the secondary school application deadline.

The Secondary Transfer Test papers are marked by the Centre for Evaluation & Monitoring (CEM). The marks are then ‘standardised'. Standardisation balances the overall performance of children from one year to the next and makes sure that all children are placed on an equal footing and that no child is unfairly advantaged or disadvantaged because of his or her age. It takes into account the child's age in years and months on the date they take the test. A child's ‘standardised score' will be between 0 and 180+. The standardised score needed to qualify automatically for a grammar school has been set by CEM, in agreement with the grammar schools, at 121 or more.

Your child's scores from the two Secondary Transfer Test papers will be added together and expressed as a Standardised Secondary Transfer Test Score (STTS). The STTS will be the sum of the following:

  • 50% of the standardised score for the verbal sections
  • 30% of the standardised score for the numerical sections
  • 20% of the standardised score for the non-verbal sections

If a child's STTS is 121 or more they are automatically qualified for grammar school. We anticipate that about 33% of children will get an STTS of 121 or more. Under the Data Protection Act, Schedule 7, Section 9, candidates do not have the right to see their test papers once they have been handed in. The Freedom of Information Act does not override the Data Protection Act in this matter. On request and upon payment of the appropriate fee, you can request that your child's test papers are manually remarked and the age standardised score (STTS) checked. However, before doing so you should discuss this with your child's headteacher who will explain that it is extremely unlikely that your child's papers will have been marked incorrectly.

Parents of children who do not score 121 or more in the Secondary Transfer Test can ask for a Selection Review and/or an Independent Admission Appeal. The Selection Review Panel will consider your child's review case. Selection Reviews take place from late November 2017 to January 2018. An admission appeal cannot take place until after 1 March 2018 following the written notification of the decision of the admission authority to refuse admission.

Your child will be considered as suitable for any grammar school if they qualify through a standardised score of 121 or more in the Secondary Transfer Test, or if they are successful at Selection Review.

A child may also be considered suitable for a particular grammar school should they be qualified by the Independent Appeal Panel.

A child's STTS is not used to work out whether they are more or less likely to be offered a grammar school place. All children who score 121 or more are treated as ‘qualified', and a higher score will not mean a child has a higher priority for a grammar school place. Once they have qualified, children are prioritised for a grammar school place according to the admission rules for the particular grammar school they have applied for.

If your child qualifies, but does not join a Buckinghamshire grammar school, their Secondary Transfer Test qualification will expire. Further details can be found in the Late Transfer Procedure information for a particular grammar school.

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Last updated: 26 April 2017