It is very difficult to state an exact score that you should be aiming at in your practice tests and you should be seeing an improvement as you continue to prepare for your 11+.
Looking at the school’s details about the VR and NVR Tests, they are GL Test and the standardised pass mark is 220. As the raw and standardised scores required to pass an 11+ are different from region to region and between schools, the best advice we could give would be to aim high e.g. above 80/85%.
The Bourne School’s website states clearly that definitive advice about the pass mark needed is not possible:
” Definitive guidance cannot be given on the raw score required on each paper in order to ‘pass’ the 11+ test and achieve a qualifying score.”
See the information from the school’s website:
The Scoring Process
Each test is marked and the number of correct answers achieved, along with the age of the child (in years and
months) at the time of taking the test are used to calculate a standardised score. The papers are equally
weighted and the maximum standardised score on each paper is 141.
An overall 11+ score is obtained by adding together the standardised scores achieved in the Verbal
Reasoning test and the Non-Verbal and Spatial Awareness test. A qualifying score is a combined score of 220 or
above (282 is the maximum possible standardised score). Any child who achieves a qualifying score of 220 or
above is deemed to have ‘passed’ the 11+ test.
The standardisation process takes account of the age of the child (in years and months) at the time of taking the
test. For example, a child born in September (i.e. one of the eldest in the year group) may have to achieve a raw
score of 70/100 in order to achieve a qualifying score of 220. A child born in August (i.e. one of the youngest in
the year group) may have to achieve a raw score of 62/100 in order to achieve an identical qualifying score of
Please note that the raw scores stated above are for illustrative purposes only. Definitive guidance cannot be
given on the raw score required on each paper in order to ‘pass’ the 11+ test and achieve a qualifying score.
This is due to the fact the number of correct answers required to achieve an overall standardised score of 220 is
determined each year only once all the tests have been taken across all the Grammar Schools and the results
analysed. This is done by a third-party supplier and not by Bourne Grammar School.
I hope that helps 😉