How to read the 11 Plus Mock Exam Report


Educational Tutoring Services (ETS) and partners provides one of the most comprehensive standardised 11 Plus Mock Exam Report in the UK for the 11 Plus Grammar Schools. The 11 Plus Mock Exam Report profiles against 3000 children using standardisation algorithm to predict the child’s real examination performance. Over the years of administering the 11 Plus Mock Examination, we have witnessed that these standardised results have a very high accuracy prediction of the child’s actual 11 Plus Examination outcome. The following is all the extracts your will find in the ETS 11 Plus Mock Exam Report and how to read it.

Standardised Marks and an Overview

The first part the 11 Plus Mock Exam Report provides standardised results as used by all Grammar Schools. This part of the report profiles the child’s marks against a benchmarked 11 Plus examination paper that is profiled across 3000 children. It uses multiple averages across this profile and then applies an algorithm based on students to pass ratio. Using this ratio the estimations are achieved.

The marking of the paper is conducted by an OMR (Optical Marker Recognition) system. The marks for each question are variable. Not all questions are equal, some questions naturally are harder than others and are graded appropriately by the OCR processing system.

The child’s age is also taken into consideration, a child born on 1st September is almost 1 year older than a child that is born on the 30th August, although they share the same academic school year. To allow for this imbalance the child who is born in August is compensated. For a child born in September, their raw standardised points are their final standardised points, whereas a child born in August has additional points added to compensate for this imbalance.

The details of the report and their meaning is shown below:

Estimated Pass Mark Threshold

This is the minimum pass mark that a child must achieve to be considered for a place in a Grammar School. For majority of the children this is the minimum mark that represents that the child has a good chance of passing the Grammar School Test. Of course, this assumes that the question types and the question permutations are exactly as in this test paper.

Upper Quartile Threshold

This mark is derived from the standardisation process of the top quartile of the children who have achieved the Estimate Pass Mark. This mark allows for different permutations of questions that can manifest in an exam, for example there may be 46 Verbal Reasoning core concepts, but an examination paper may only test on 20 of them, as it is impossible to test on everything. This uses a Standardised Algorithm to provide an estimation of the best of performers of the exam and predicts that those scoring this ‘Upper Quartile Threshold’ have a very high probability to pass the real exam.

Qualifying Threshold

This is primarily used for ‘Premium Pupils’. In the interest of social mobility there are number of children that are disadvantaged due to their social circumstances. One of the factors that can be considered in this category is a child being offered ‘free school meals’. As part of the government efforts to give disadvantaged children an equal opportunity, all Grammar Schools must apportion part of their selection criteria to fulfil this obligation. A small percentage of Grammar School Places goes to ‘Premium Pupils’. If your child is a Premium Pupil, then this is the minimum qualifying score that your child must achieve to be considered for a place a Grammar School.

Detailed Breakdown Report

This part of the 11 Plus Mock Exam Report is profiled across the examination sitting numbers (the actual number of children sitting the exact same exam within a few days of each other), usually this is around 150 children. This part of the report produces a reflection of the child’s percentage mark (using mark weighting), in each category of the examination. So, you can see how your child performed in each section of the test. Subcategories are described below:

Average %: This is average percentage mark for the sitting.
Highest %: This is the highest percentage mark achieved by a child in the sitting.
Lowest %: This is the lowest percentage mark achieved by a child in the sitting. Examiner Observations: This part highlights any trends in your child’s examination, examples of this could be where a child has not worked fast enough and missed out large parts of the paper. Another example could be common mistakes, like the question asked for two answers and the child has only provided one answer, hence the whole section would be marked wrong. These are some examples, but if negative trends are noticed by the OCR system then they are highlighted here.

Schools Included in the West Midlands Grammar School Partnership are:

Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School, King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls, King Edward VI Aston School, King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys, King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls, King Edward VI Five Ways School, King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys, Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls, Queen Marys High School, Queen Marys Grammar School, Newport Girls’ High School, Wolverhampton Girls’ High School, Haberdashers’ Adams, King Edward VI School Stratford, Lawrence Sherriff School, Stratford Girls Grammar School, Rugby High School and Alcester Grammar School.

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