Frequently Asked Questions - Year 7 Results

Reading School - Admission to Year 7 in September 2015 

Frequently Asked Questions regarding Admission Test Results

IMPORTANT: The school will not be able to give any further information about test results other than the individual test score you have received in your letter.

Q

What is the qualifying score for Reading School for entry in September 2015?

A

The qualifying score for entry into Reading School in September 2015 is 110.00.  Meeting or exceeding the qualifying score only means that the candidate may be offered a place at Reading School because, if the number of applicants exceeds the Admission Number for 2015 (124), the oversubscription criteria will be applied.  Please see our Admission Policy for Entry into Year 7 in September 2015 on our website for more details on our oversubscription criteria.

Q

My son has scored 110.00 or above. Will he be offered a place?

A

Your son has achieved the qualifying score for Reading School and therefore could be offered a place depending on:

·        Including Reading School as a preferred school on your CAF

·        The number of candidates with a scores on or above 110.00 who put Reading School on their CAF

·        The resulting rank order adjusted for those living within the designated area.  The address which will be used for consideration to be living within the designated area must be the applicant’s permanent address at the time of registration. (ie by June 20th 2014).  The exception to this is if the family are returning from abroad to a previous home within the designated area (documentary evidence will be required to confirm this), are Crown Servants or members of the Armed Forces

·        The application of the oversubscription criteria, if required.

Q

I live outside the designated area and my son has achieved or exceeded the qualifying score.  What is the likelihood of him being offered a place?

A

Please see above.

Q

Where is my son’s place in the rank order?

A

The purpose of conducting the tests and releasing the marks before the CAF deadline is to inform parents whether their son has reached a standard suitable for a grammar school, in this case, Reading School.  You are advised to use this information to help you to decide whether to include Reading School as a preferred school on the CAF.  Reading School therefore does not know this information as we do not know at this stage who has applied for a place at Reading School and the application of our oversubscription criteria may need to be used.   

Q

What is my son’s raw score for each test?

A

Reading School does not hold this information.

Q

How many candidates sat the entrance test for Reading School for entry in September 2015?

A

A total of 634 candidates sat the test at Reading School and a further total 569 candidates sat the test at another venue and requested that their results be shared with Reading School.

Q

My son sat the test at the Slough Consortium and their standardised test result is different from Reading School. Why?

A

Some parents may be considering including either one or more Slough grammar schools in addition to Reading School on the Common Application Form. Reading School, the Slough Consortium of Grammar Schools and Kendrick School used the same test on the same day, and it is not possible for students to sit the test more than once.  However, parents whose son sat the test at Reading School may have requested that the raw score was shared with the Slough Consortium of Grammar Schools for inclusion in their standardisation.  Similarly, parents whose son sat the test at the Slough Consortium may have requested that the raw score was shared with Reading School for inclusion in the Reading School standardisation.  In either of these cases, parents will subsequently receive two sets of results, one from the Slough consortium and the other from Reading School.  These standardised results may be different, as the same raw score is being compared to those of a different cohort of children.

PLEASE NOTE: Scores cannot be retrospectively shared after the standardisation process has taken place

Q

Can I see my son’s test papers?

A

It is not possible to see a candidate’s test papers as they are commercially sensitive and the property of CEM.

Q

Can papers be remarked?

A

All the entrance tests are double scanned and checked using different optical mark readers and different staff.  The process is reliable and trustworthy and as a result re-marks would be unnecessary.  The likelihood of any mistake being made in recording the correct test responses from the multiple choice answer sheet is negligible.  We will therefore not undertake any test re-marks until after the national offer date (2nd March 2015).  The cost of a re-mark would be £50 per paper.

Q

When will I know if I have been offered a place at Reading School?

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The National Offer date is 2nd March 2015. 

Q

Can I appeal?

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You cannot appeal about your son’s test mark. Your offer letter from your Local Authority on 2nd March 2015 will contain details of how to appeal if you have not been offered a place at your preferred school.

Further FAQs will be available on our website after the National Offer Date on 2nd March 2015