Burnham Grammar School

Entrance exams referred to as Bucks STT (Secondary Transfer Test) are papers that are only used in Buckinghamshire schools. However, although the STT is specific to Bucks, as of 2019 the papers are provided by GL (Granada Learning), one of the two largest 11+ exam bodies in the UK alongside CEM.

A larger majority of children sit the 11+ in Buckinghamshire than in anywhere else in the UK, so it is important to be well prepared in a field of stiff competition.

GL papers are built from a question bank of c15,000 entrance questions and follow a pattern of repeating question styles. For these reasons it is generally agreed that GL entrance exams are easier to revise for than their less predictable CEM cousins.

In the case of Bucks, the exams cover all GL subject areas (English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning). The subjects are split across two papers, one covering English and Verbal Reasoning, and one covering Maths and Non-Verbal Reasoning. Each paper lasts about an hour and historically all the questions have been multiple choice.

Let’s look at what we know

  • There are two papers of about an hour each, covering all four GL subjects (English & Verbal Reasoning, Maths & Non-Verbal Reasoning)

  • STT papers are built from the GL question bank and follow repeated question styles

  • With practise, it is possible to familiarise with the types of questions in a GL exam

  • Questions are multiple choice with the answers recorded on a separate answer sheet

Choosing the right practice papers

STT candidates should practise timed, multiple choice papers with separate answer sheets, covering English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning.

  • Multiple Choice - English & Grammar

  • Multiple Choice – Maths & Numeracy

  • Verbal Reasoning

  • Non-Verbal Reasoning

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Burnham Grammar School