Grammar schools and Secondary Transfer Testing - 2021 entry

9. Secondary Transfer Testing process

Coronavirus and Secondary Transfer Testing (4 May)

The Buckinghamshire 2021 Secondary Selection Tests are currently scheduled to take place on Tuesday 8 September (practice test) and Thursday 10 September (selection test). At the current time schools are closed and it is not known when they will re-open.

An update will be provided closer to the time if any changes need to be made to dates or other aspects of the testing arrangements. Details of any changes will be published on The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools’ website

Familiarisation booklet

The booklet contains information about what is in the test. There is also advice about tackling the test and sample questions.

Children who attend a Buckinghamshire local authority primary or Partner school

If your child goes to a Buckinghamshire LA primary or Partner school we give them a Familiarisation booklet to take home in the summer term of Year 5.

Children who attend an out of county school

If your child goes to any other school, a copy of the Familiarisation booklet will be available online to download and print off shortly.

 

Practice Test

In September your child will take the Practice Test before they take the Secondary Transfer Test.

The Practice Test looks the same as the Secondary Transfer Test and has the same instructions. Your child will sit the two multiple-choice Practice Test papers in test conditions. These are both timed like the Secondary Transfer Test. An audio soundtrack gives the instructions for the test.

The Practice Test will mean your child becomes very familiar with the different sorts of questions and the style of the test. Your child will get used to using a separate answer sheet. Your child will experience this under test conditions. The Practice Test papers are shorter than the Secondary Transfer Test:

  • they take about 40 minutes each
  • they are not marked or sent home.

The purpose of the Practice Test is not to see how well your child has done. It is to give your child a good opportunity to prepare for the Secondary Transfer Test.

Children who attend a Buckinghamshire local authority primary or Partner school

If your child goes to a Buckinghamshire LA primary or Partner school, they will take the Practice Test at their own school. They will not sit the Secondary Transfer Test until they have taken the Practice Test.

 

Children who attend an out of county school

If your child goes to any other school, we will invite them to take the Practice Test, usually at one of the grammar schools, on 8 September 2020.

We recommended your child takes the Practice Test before the Secondary Transfer Test but it is not essential.

 

How parents can best help their children to prepare for the test

 There are several things that parents can do to help their children.

  • Make sure your child has experience of working quietly on their own. Make sure there are no distractions or interruptions.
  • Make sure your child does any homework that is set.
  • Help your child to read with understanding.
  • You can ask them what certain words mean and what is happening in the passage or book that they are reading.
  • You can encourage your child to solve problems or to look up things for themselves.
  • Your child can work through the Familiarisation booklet.

 

You can also find free familiarisation materials from the GL Assessment website.

The Secondary Transfer Test

The Buckinghamshire 2021 Secondary Selection Tests are currently scheduled to take place on Tuesday 8 September (practice test) and Thursday 10 September (selection test). At the current time schools are closed and it is not known when they will re-open.

An update will be provided closer to the time if any changes need to be made to dates or other aspects of the testing arrangements. Details of any changes will be published on The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools’ website.

 

The Secondary Transfer Test is on 10 September 2020.

There are two Secondary Transfer Test papers. They are multiple-choice.  One paper tests verbal skills including comprehension, technical English and verbal reasoning. The other tests mathematics and non-verbal skills including spacial reasoning.

They are about 45 minutes long (60 minutes including the introduction and examples). An audio soundtrack gives the instructions for the test.

 

 

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Last updated: 4 May 2020

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