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Transfer Test (11+) Tuition - Summer Course and FAQ for the New Buckinghamshire 11+ Exam - Maple Education

11+ Tuition

Maple Education | Transfer Test Tuition

Preparation and Confidence are Key to Passing the Bucks Transfer Test!


We have been helping children prepare for the Buckinghamshire 11+ exam - now called the Bucks Transfer Test - for over ten years. Doing well in the Transfer Test requires above-average abilities in numeracy, literacy, verbal reasoning and, above all, confidence. Consequently, from experience, we know that success in the Transfer Test depends on early preparation.

At Maple, we establish solid knowledge foundations in maths and literacy from as young as Year 3. If your child is in Year 5, there is still time for us to help them tackle the daunting challenge of the Transfer Test - particularly through our regular 11+ (Transfer Test) Mock Exams sessions and our intensive 11+ (Transfer Test) Summer Course. But, if your child is in Year 4 we would also recommend that you consider starting their preparation for the Transfer Test with weekly lessons at Maple this year - this will help cement their foundation of knowledge in literacy, numeracy and non-verbal reasoning. To get a good sense of your child's current levels, and see how Maple can help them succeed at the Transfer Test, please contact us for a free, no-obligation, assessment.

About the Bucks Transfer Test (formerly the 11+)

In Buckinghamshire, there are two types of secondary schools – upper/all-ability schools and grammar schools. The Transfer Test decides which type of school will best meet your child’s needs. The exam requires above average achievements in numeracy, literacy, verbal reasoning and confidence.

For more information about the new Bucks Transfer Test, download our guide:

Download this file (Maple_Transfer_Test_Info.pdf)Info for Parents - Bucks Transfer Test[Further Information for parents on the Bucks Transfer Test]

How we can help

We can help your child to rise several levels in numeracy, literacy and confidence. Uniquely, we start preparing children for the Transfer Test in Year 3! If you enrol your children at Maple from Year 2 or 3, a good learning foundation will be established and built upon, year-by-year. By the time they are ready to take the exam in Year 6, they will be confident and familiar with the format. At best, they will get through; at worst the knowledge and thinking skills they will have attained at Maple will be excellent transitions to secondary school and ultimately, GCSEs. Many children are late bloomers, so good primary education is never wasted.

Options to consider:

Whatever option you are considering, begin by requesting a free assessment. This is a no nonsense, free review of your child's currents levels. We'll serve you tea and biscuits with a smile and let you snoop around our fine centre.

11+ Information Sessions

The Maple 11+ information sessions are open to parents of prospective 11+ students (Years 2 to Year 5). The afternoon sessions offer an opportunity to learn more about the content of Transfer Test and how best to prepare your child for it. Parents will be given a lively and informative presentation, and may be asked to write a condensed exam - so come prepared! Please note that this is an event for parents only.

Coffee and biscuits will also be served.

Sessions take place at Maple on the following Saturday afternoons from 12:00 NOON to 13:00 PM.


  • Dates for 2017/18 to be arranged.

Cost: Free

Reserve a place

Click here to use our online booking form to reserve a place on one of our 11+ information sessions.

11+ Weekly Tutorials

The best time to start preparing your child for the Transfer Test is...in Year 3! This may sound strange but the truth is that the new tests are based on years of good primary education and not on quick crash courses. At Maple we welcome this new trend for long-term education as the effects are much more beneficial to children - whether or not they get the grades to move on to grammar school. Our policy is to prepare ALL our primary pupils to THINK that they MIGHT one day write and pass this exam. The process involves deep learning in the basics - reading, writing, maths, focus and confidence. Our experience is that children do enjoy learning in the right environment and with the right teachers.

How Much Does it Cost?

One lesson @ 1.5 hours per week = £34.00 (Sibling rate = £31.00)

Two lessons @ 3 hours per week = £60.00 (Sibling rate = £47.00)

Please see our tutorial pricing page for more information.

Book a free assessment

If you are interested in seeing how your child can learn to love learning, call us for a friendly chat on 01296 747500. Better still, click here to book a free assessment and let our qualified teachers help your child to really enjoy learning.

11+ Mock Examinations

The Maple Transfer Test mock examinations are offered monthly throughout the year and offer a great opportunity to accurately monitor student’s progress and support them with their exam nerves and timing issues.

  • Exams are based on current CEM format
  • Pre – Examination pep talk including important exam. tips and positive thinking
  • A post analysis session encouraging students to reflect on the exam experience
  • A detailed written report is given
  • The student’s tutor will go over the papers in class
  • A face-to-face feedback session can be arranged
  • Allows your child to experience a real examination environment
  • Improves your child's confidence

Examinations take place at Maple on the following Sunday mornings from 9:15 AM to 12:00 PM.


  • Dates for 2017/18 to be arranged.


  • Maple Students: £55
  • Non-Maple Students: £60

Reserve a place

Click here to use our online booking form to reserve a place on one of our 11+ mock examination sessions.

11+ Intensive Courses - Summer 2017

These are 3-day courses from Tuesday to Thursday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The course will widen the knowledge base of students so that they are equipped to answer the broad and challenging English, Maths and non-verbal questions. They will be taught examination strategies and how to think positively when faced with a question they find daunting. On day 3 of the course , students will  write a mock exam extracted from the new specification.  Once the papers are marked, parents will receive honest feedback and analysis of weakness and strengths.

Dates for the Intensive Course - Summer 2017

  • 8th - 10th August 2017 - ONLY 2 PLACES LEFT
  • 15th - 17th August 2017 - FULLY BOOKED
  • 22nd - 24th August 2017 - FULLY BOOKED
  • 29th - 31st August 2017 - FULLY BOOKED

Register your interest

Click here to use our online form to register your interest and request an information pack for our 11+ intensive courses in summer 2017.

Course Outline

All days start at 9:00 am and finish at 3:00 pm. There will be two breaks of 15 minutes and a lunch break of 30 minutes.

Day 1

  • Introduction to the new 11+
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Importance of timing and how to improve it

Day 2

  • Problem solving techniques
  • Extracting information from graphs and tables
  • Mental maths development (including timetables)
  • Basic skills (+, x, / and -)
  • Fractions and ratio
  • Shape and Space topics including measurement
  • Foundation algebra concepts
  • Non- verbal Reasoning
  • Examination techniques/ positive thinking

Day 3

  • Examination techniques/ positive thinking
  • Morning examinations
  • Analysis, corrections, reflections and revision plan
  • Personal feedback to parents
  • Send off with encouragement and a prize!

Additional information