New Eleven Plus Examination – September 2018


Since the announcement of a change in exam provider for the 11+ examination, we have been waiting for further information about the question types and format of the new test.

An update provided on The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools’ (TBGS) website has confirmed that the tests, to be provided by GL Assessment, will include maths, verbal and non-verbal reasoning question types.



Children will sit 2 x 45 minute papers with a break in between.  Both will consist of a test paper and multiple choice answer booklet.  Instructions will be delivered via recorded audio file, and an optical mark reader (i.e. a scanner) will mark the multiple choice answer booklets.


Paper 1

Comprehension, Technical English and Verbal reasoning

Possible question types include literacy / vocabulary based exercises such as:

  • Comprehension
  • Cloze procedure (missing words or letters)
  • Punctuation exercises
  • Spelling exercises
  • Grammar exercises
  • Jumbled sentences

Verbal reasoning questions will potentially including any of the GL Assessment VR question types such as:

  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Code questions
  • Word categories
  • Other vocabulary exercises, e.g. Compound words
  • Word problems requiring a large amount of information to be processed logically


Paper 2:

Non-verbal reasoning, Spatial reasoning and Maths

Possible question types include non-verbal, spatial reasoning and logical deduction based questions such as:

  • Shapes
  • Patterns
  • Sequences
  • Matrices
  • Cube nets
  • Reflections/rotations
  • 3D visualisation
  • Codes

Mathematical reasoning questions will mostly encompass the Year 5 Curriculum topics, (but with some from the Year 6 Curriculum), such as:

  • All four operations
  • Mental maths
  • Fractions/decimals/percentages/ratios
  • Algebra
  • Money/time/measures
  • Problem solving
  • Extracting information from graphs/tables



Tuesday 11th September 2018                  Familiarisation papers to be taken (2 short papers)

Thursday 13th September 2018                Eleven Plus Test (for all candidates)

Friday 12th October 2018                           Results published


If your child attends a Buckinghamshire Primary School, they will automatically be entered for the tests unless you choose to withdraw them.  If not, you will need to register them in advance.


Qualifying for a Grammar School

A standardised Secondary Transfer Test Score (STTS) score of 121 must be achieved in order to qualify for entry to a Buckinghamshire grammar school.  The STTS is calculated by age standardising the three subject scores and then adding them together using the following weightings:


Verbal reasoning: 50%

Mathematical reasoning: 25%

Non-verbal and spatial reasoning: 25%


Grammar school places are then offered according to the admissions policy of each school.


Further Information

Further information can be found at TBGS website:

Information on Secondary Transfer Testing process can be found here: