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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 2:32 pm 

Joined: Mon May 16, 2011 1:05 pm
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Location: Reading
Bear with me, this is a work in progress to collate data in numbers applying, cut offs and waiting list movement.

For 2017 entry (test 2016)
1) qualifying score is 108
2) 138 day places
3)697 sat at Reading, 184 elsewhere meaning a total of 881
4) 282 qualified
5) 198 qualified in designated area.

For 2016 entry (test 2015)

1) the qualifying score is 110
2) There are 138 day places (note this is an increase on previous years)
3) 675 boys sat at RBS and 746 elsewhere meaning a total of 1421 sat
4) 189 qualified within the designated area (365 qualified in total)
5) cutoff on allocations day. Highest place in the waiting list 112.07. Lowest score eventually getting a day place 111.79, boarding place 110.05

More detailed info about ranking and ooc candidates can be found further down in this thread.

2015 entry (test 2014)

1) qualifying score 110
2) 112 day places
3) number sitting (tbc confirmed I need to check -Tinkers)
4) cutoff on allocations day 113.12, last place off waiting list was 112.69 for day places, 110 for boarding places.

Previous to 2015 entry, Reading had a different in house test with their own standardisation, so scores are completely different.

PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2015 9:35 am 

Joined: Mon Oct 06, 2014 12:18 pm
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Yes you are right there. For 2015 entry, the actual rank of the last boy getting the 112th seat on 2nd March allocation was around 230th.

With 138 PAN for 2016 entry, we can guess around 280th ranker to get a place

PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2015 2:54 pm 

Joined: Mon May 16, 2011 1:05 pm
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Location: Reading
Further info on Sept 2015 test for sept 2016 entry

Rank Score
1 127.1
10 124.36
20 123.32
30 122.3
40 121.6
50 121.09
60 120.39
70 120
80 119.63
90 119.08
100 118.61
110 118.35
120 118.13
130 117.97
140 117.48
150 116.85
175 115.66
200 114.72
225 114
250 113.31
275 112.44
300 111.74
325 110.97
350 110.32
400 109.25

This will give you and idea of where your DS lies in the grand scheme of things.

Info on ooc candidates

Among first 150 th rank - 73 pupils are OCC
200 th rank - 94 pupils are OCC
250 th rank - 120 pupils are OCC
300 th rank - 144 pupils are OCC

PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2015 4:24 pm 

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Does anyone know how many boys were offered a place last year that did not take it up?

PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2015 6:00 pm 

Joined: Mon May 16, 2011 1:05 pm
Posts: 3920
Location: Reading
As Indiemom has stated places were offered down to about 230th last year, so a fair number have turns down seats (or were ooc if the ranking includes them too).

The number this time is likely to be different as there are more places.

PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2015 10:53 am 

Joined: Tue Aug 20, 2013 3:20 pm
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Is there a different test for day pupils and those who want to board, or do they sit the same exam ?


PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2015 12:04 pm 

Joined: Mon Mar 15, 2010 2:45 pm
Posts: 4497
Thanks to Google I can share this link which shows that there is one test for both.

http://www.reading-school.co.uk/26/admi ... guidelines

PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2016 4:00 pm 

Joined: Mon Jul 13, 2015 8:35 pm
Posts: 79
Trying to make sense of the data:

- does it mean that OOC candidates are almost totally irrelevant because there are enough IC candidates with cut-off grade?
- does it therefore imply that the headline difficulty to get in is overstated? i.e. it's not 138 out of 1,421 that get admitted (less than 10%) but a much higher percentage?
- also does it mean that if a DC has the level to hit the qualifying score, he is effectively competing vs 188 other kids (based on 2015 test) for 138 places (assuming they all accept and don't go comp or ind)
- if out of the top 250 kids, 120 are OOC (implying 130 IC and hence admitted), does it therefore mean one needs to aim (using 2015 tests) for c 113?

PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2016 4:33 pm 

Joined: Mon May 16, 2011 1:05 pm
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Location: Reading
I don't think anyone ooc has ever got a day place at Reading school, there are too many IC boys who qualify. They rank lower than those in catchment as a result.

Bear in mind that out of those applying for the test, a significant number will have sat at one of the Slough schools with the intention of looking at those but shared their score with Reading simply because it was just a matter of ticking a box. If it had been separate tests they may not have bothered in the past. So yes, in effective the real number is effectively lower.

In the last couple of years the cutoff has been about 113 (as I've reported above). This includes just boys in catchment. However this can and does change from year to year depending on how many apply.

Not sure if that answers your questions.

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