Can you see your standardised score for each of the three areas on your bucks score sheet - it would be a number where 100 is average (mode) and 140 top score.
You can work it out. The scores given are the weighted ones -e.g. as per the red section VR standardised score
of 55.34 x 50% = 27.67
Numerical standardised score
of 97.23 x 30% = 29.17
NVR standardised score
of 123.8 x 20% = 24.76
But it isn't 140 top score - Bucks have used a slightly different standardisation mechanism to that used elsewhere, to maintain the "121" pass mark they used on the old papers, so you can't directly compare Bucks scores to those elsewhere (roughly Bucks scores will be 2.5 times further away from 100 than they would be on other systems). Scores ranged from 5 to 199.
Your final standardised score is 0.5 x verbal plus 0.3 x maths plus 0.2 x non- verbal I understand. Then this has to add to 121 for you to pass in bucks this year. Is that right?
(Bucks standardisation - would this be very average for the population as a whole, or very average of those sitting the bucks test? I assume it is standardised on that year's cohort sitting the test - so we are talking the average of a probably above average bunch if the bucks test is now opt in- is that correct?)
cohort standardisation. There's opt-in and opt-in - for a test taken in schools on a school day where the number of places relative to the whole population is quite high the opt-out rate is probably a lot lower than in other areas ehere opt in means a test taken out of school on a non school day.
Some possible scenarios from this:
Child very strong in maths and nvr - if you had 140 in these two you could pass with a minimum verbal standardised score of 102 - so with very average verbal. Below 102 in verbal you could not pass with 140 in nvr and maths.
Child very strong in verbal and nvr - if you had 140 in these two you could pass with a minimum standardised score of 77 for numerical - below average. Even with an above average bunch sitting the test this is probably a poor performance. The old bucks vr gl assessment test had some maths type questions in it. I wonder if you could get away with worse maths under the new test than the old one if you have great vocabulary?
Child strong in verbal and numerical - if you had 140 in these two you could pass with a nvr standardised score of 45. Very poor score.
Try reworking them on up to 199 as your 140 assumption isn't correct for Bucks.
Child very strong in maths and nvr - 199 in these two you could pass with a minimum verbal standardised score of 43 - so with very low verbal.
Child very strong in verbal and either maths or nvr - if you had 199 in these two you could pass with a minimum standardised score of 0 for the third element!
Is the final pass / fail arrived at by a similar method in other c e m areas?
Not exactly. Birmingham have 2 way standardisation - verbal (50%) and numerical/NVR 50%, then the standardised scores are aggregated. Warwickshire and Walsall do 3 way with each element standardised separatley.