Is your child set to sit the 12 Plus/13 Plus late transfer test in the hope of gaining a place at grammar school? If so, we’ve written this post especially for you.
Missing out on a school place at 11 Plus level can be quite discouraging for a child. However, if you’re lucky enough to live in an area where the 12+/13+ exam is used, your child could have a second chance of gaining entry through the late transfer test.
The 12+/13+ exam is for pupils in Years 7 and 8 who may have narrowly missed out on a grammar school place due to their 11+ exam results. The 12 Plus/13 Plus allows a child more time to prepare (up to 18 months) for the late transfer test. The tests have a strong academic focus on the core subjects and is used by many of the top grammar schools in the UK.
The exam aims to determine a child’s suitability to join a grammar school in Years 8 or 9. Not all schools accept 12+/13+ entry, but those that do, normally do so on the basis of available spaces in those year groups. Spaces can become available if there are too few applicants for the number of vacancies that year, or if children consequently leave those year groups during term time.
Grammar schools tend to have a larger intake of students at 11 Plus level than at 12+/13+. In some instances, there may be as little as 2 or 3 available places at 12 Plus / 13 Plus, so it’s important to set your child’s expectations as part of their preparation.
The exam tests ability in the core subjects: English, Maths and Reasoning
Every school has a slightly different exam structure, but generally, children are tested on their abilities in the core subjects of Maths, English and Reasoning.
We’ve already written an in-depth guide to helping your child revise for exams, but to provide a summary, we’d recommend:
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