This page will be up dated as and when new information comes to light.updated September 2016Facts
:: Test will be provided by CEM (Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring at Durham University)
:: Children are eligible to be considered for admission to a Bucks Grammar school if they meet the qualifying score of 121 in the admission tests or have been deemed qualified by a selection review panel.
:: Test will be taken in September.
:: Test Comprise elements of Verbal, Numerical and Non Verbal ability.
:: There will be two tests of approximately 45 minutes duration, taken on the same day.
:: Will be Multiple Choice format (ranging from 4 to 10 possible answers)
:: The test will incorporate knowledge covered by the end of year 5 (but the child must be able to apply
:: Each child’s raw score in the two tests are added together and the resulting score is converted into an age standardised score thus setting all children on an equal footing regardless of when their birthday falls in the year.
:: Registration is automatic for children who attend Buckinghamshire primary school unless the parent expressly withdraws their child from testing.
:: In all other cases, including where children attend independent schools in Buckinghamshire, an application for testing should be made to the Testing Administrator (currently Bucks County Council)
Content of the Test Verbal reasoning
Involves the manipulation of verbal representations and the solving of verbally presented problems. Orthographic, syntactic and semantic abilities, as well as logic and other problem solving skills are needed in verbal reasoning.Verbal reasoning is Split into 3 main areas...1] Comprehension
tests the ability to make inferences as to meaning within and between phrases, sentences and paragraphs; to derive the ‘gist’ of the meaning from a text; understand the vocabulary, and extract accurate interpretations of the written language.2]The ‘Cloze Test’
consists of several short passages of prose. It needs an overall understanding of the passage, but it requires closer attention to the grammatical and syntactic elements of written language than in the comprehension test. The candidate selects the most appropriate word from a choice of three at various points in the passage so as to make sense of the phrase and/or sentence.3] Vocabulary
Synonyms and AntonymsMathematical Sections:Short mathematical questions
will test ability in mental arithmetic and recognition of mathematical patterns (curriculum free as possible). A rigorous test of working memory skills with a speed element to this section. Not all the candidates will be expected to finish. Longer mathematics problems
explore numerical problem solving requiring more stages of processing with a greater verbal element involved than in the short maths questions. Some quick algebra questions have also appeared within the long maths section; usually a maximum of five questions.Non-verbal reasoning
Eliminate cultural bias in intelligence testing and the possible bias against individuals who lack experience of a particular language or have difficulties with verbal elements. My Regime ( a work in progress)Although the test will contain verbal, non-verbal and numeracy the layout, the content and the time allowed within each of the disciplines will vary each year in order to make it “tutor proof.” Be prepared for the unexpected.
At the moment I have split my tuition into 4 working areas. In all 4 areas variety will be the key.Vocabulary
Double Meaning Words VR
(not your normal VR style questions as previously used by Bucks)
Scofield and Sims KS2 Comprehension Book 3 - change the questions into multiple choice.
CGP 10-Minute Tests for 11+ Comprehension (Ages 10-11) - CEM Test
Cloze – Internet found/made up http://www.oup.comhttp://learnonline.cc/clozure/about.php
A variety of vocabulary
based VR questions
e.g. editing sentences: eliminate odd word from jumbled sentences, unscrambling mixed up sentences. Maths
Cover the syllabus to the end of year 5, child must be able to apply
Word Problems/Problem Solving
Scofield and Sims Mental Arithmetic 4
10-Minute Tests for 11+ Maths: Word Problems (Ages 10-11) - CEM Test NVR
CGP 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Practice Book with Assessment Tests (Ages 9-10) for the CEM Test
CGP 10-Minute Tests for 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning (Ages 10-11)
Please feel free to contribute helpful advice on preparation.