Grammar schools and Secondary Transfer Testing - 2020 Entry

10. Marking the Secondary Transfer Test


How the tests are marked

GL Assessment mark the Secondary Transfer Test papers. The marks are then ‘standardised'. Standardisation balances the overall performance of children from one year to the next. It also 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 each 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+...

Your child's scores from the two Secondary Transfer Test papers are added together.  This makes their standardised Secondary Transfer Test Score (STTS). The STTS will be the sum of the following:

  • 50% of the standardised score for the verbal sections
  • 25% of the standardised score for the mathematical sections
  • 25% of the standardised score for the non-verbal sections.


What score does my child require to qualify?

If your child's STTS is 121 or more they qualify for grammar school. We expect that about 33% of children will get an STTS of 121 or more. Your child is suitable for any grammar school if they qualify by scoring 121 or more in the Secondary Transfer Test

Your 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 qualified. A higher score does not mean your child has a higher priority for a grammar school place.

We prioritise qualified children for a grammar school place using the admission rules for the grammar school you have applied for. Make sure you look at the rules for the schools you apply for.  You will see that none of the Buckinghamshire grammar schools use score as an admission rule.



How long does the qualification last?

If your child qualifies, but does not go to one of our grammar schools at the start of Year 7, that qualification will lapse at some point. Usually this happens in the school year starting in September 2020 but you should check the admission policy for the school you are interested in to find out.

Further details are in the admissions policy for each grammar school. If you would like you child to start at a grammar school after the start of Year 7, Late Transfer Procedure  


Remarking a Secondary Transfer Test

 If you ask us we will remark your child test papers by hand and check their Secondary Transfer Test Score (STTS). There is a cost for this service. Talk to your child's headteacher about this.  They will tell you that it is most unlikely that your child's papers will have been incorrectly marked.

Request a remark


Under the Data Protection Act, Schedule 2, Part 4, Para 25, candidates do not have the right to see their test papers once handed in. The Freedom of Information Act does not override the Data Protection Act in this matter.

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Last updated: 4 May 2020

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