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 Post subject: Bucks 12 plus entry 2020
PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:18 pm 
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Hi, I was just wondering if anyone has any information/experience with the Bucks 12 plus.

I have just been on the website to look at registration dates for the 12 plus and I can see that the test is now a paper based test, whereas last year it was an online CEM test.

I am guessing that the paper based test could suggest that it may now be a GL test.

Just wondering if anybody has any information on what the pass score would be and how difficult/level would it be compared to a 11 plus exam.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 7:39 am 
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I don't think anyone will have any information on this as it is new. I see that last year 39 pupils of the 200+ actually gained places in years 8 & 9. 30 of those were in year 8 at Burnham Grammar where they have been taking an extra class in year 8 for the last few years. I don't know if it is doing the same this year. Nowhere else had places in year 8.
There are, of course 5 grammar schools who undertake their own testing, so they may have had some places.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:04 am 
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My child said there was one child who started at the end of Year 7 in his GS, who said that he got in via 12+ ( child started summer 2018 so would have taken 12+ in Jan/Feb 2018?)


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:18 am 
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I think that is late entry to year 7 with the 11 plus taken late rather than the 12 plus.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:52 am 
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My Dd took the 12+ but the computer test. The raw score needed was very much lower that the 11 plus presumably because the exam was not targeted as a practice test.
If you child passes which my Dd didn't, she failed her 11 plus and 12+ but still got 7 X 9's and 3 X 8's at GCSE (just goes to show the entrance system is a pile of... and bares no resemblance of an indicator of how well your DC is likely to do )then you will probably need to appeal a place at your chosen GS. Even if your child doesn't pass it is worth appealing. We got my Dd in on appeal despite failing both years.
I wish you DC very good luck in the 12+


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:54 pm 
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Eccentric wrote:
My Dd took the 12+ but the computer test. The raw score needed was very much lower that the 11 plus presumably because the exam was not targeted as a practice test.
If you child passes which my Dd didn't, she failed her 11 plus and 12+ but still got 7 X 9's and 3 X 8's at GCSE (just goes to show the entrance system is a pile of... and bares no resemblance of an indicator of how well your DC is likely to do )then you will probably need to appeal a place at your chosen GS. Even if your child doesn't pass it is worth appealing. We got my Dd in on appeal despite failing both years.
I wish you DC very good luck in the 12+


Well done to your DS, that is a fantastic GCSE result :D


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:22 am 
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SIT wrote:
Eccentric wrote:
My Dd took the 12+ but the computer test. The raw score needed was very much lower that the 11 plus presumably because the exam was not targeted as a practice test.
If you child passes which my Dd didn't, she failed her 11 plus and 12+ but still got 7 X 9's and 3 X 8's at GCSE (just goes to show the entrance system is a pile of... and bares no resemblance of an indicator of how well your DC is likely to do )then you will probably need to appeal a place at your chosen GS. Even if your child doesn't pass it is worth appealing. We got my Dd in on appeal despite failing both years.
I wish you DC very good luck in the 12+


Well done to your DS, that is a fantastic GCSE result :D

Thank you. She was very pleased indeed but is finding it stressful because the expectations of her for A levels are very high now. I wish schools would tell our Dc's that actually GCSE's don't matter ad that they should chill and save their energy for A levels.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2019 1:03 pm 
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Actually GCSEs do matter.It would be negligent of schools to suggest otherwise.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2019 3:26 pm 
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GCSEs don't matter??!

What do you think the Universities look at when making offers?


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2019 3:41 pm 
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Deb70 wrote:
GCSEs don't matter??!

What do you think the Universities look at when making offers?

Actually very few Universities look at GCSE's. What matters is getting a 4 in English and Maths. You can then do a level 3 diploma or an access course to get into Uni. People don't need to go to Uni as soon as they leave school. If A levels are good and Unis don't look at GCSEs why are they important? They are there as a marker because schools like to show that they get good results


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