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Introducing BUSSATS - the British Universities and Secondary Schools Achievement Tests
I am pleased to write to inform you about a new initiative which looks set to streamline boarding school admissions by providing a more accurate school placement test. BUSSATs – the British Universities and Secondary Schools Achievement Tests – are a tool to help everyone involved in the placement of students into British schools. They are designed to demonstrate an accurate level of a student’s ability.
Driven by a desire to provide a more scientific approach to school placements to ensure each child gets placed in the right school, David Boddy, Principal Partner at Anglo Schools International Services (ASIS) in London has created BUSSATS and works in partnership with Pearson VUE to deliver the online tests. David was formerly a Headmaster and Chairman of the UK’s Society of Head Teachers.
“Schools are often unclear as to their academic requirements and parents are often unrealistic as to their children’s academic abilities. Too often the placement process is hit and miss, wasting agent’s time and resources. We have created the UK Private Schools Academic Performance Index (PSAPI) to assist both schools and agents overcome these problems.” David Boddy, Principal Partner, ASIS
How does it work?
Anglo Schools International Services (ASIS) Ltd, created a control group of Academic Directors from top UK Private Schools to develop a standardized testing protocol at 11+, 13+ and 16+. The tests have been trialled internationally for three years with a select group of UK boarding schools. Over 100 UK Private Schools have already expressed a willingness to accept the tests as entry evidence and many are preparing to create, for the first time, their own Index Score.
“Our experience has been a very positive one and as a school are able to see clearly ability levels and future potential of individuals. It is refreshing that, for once, there is a straightforward, robust and reliable system which can help schools in their selection process.” UK Head Teacher
BUSSATs are designed to measure students’ ability (in English comprehension and grammar), Maths (at basic, advanced and super-advanced levels) and General Knowledge (history, geography, science, current affairs and sport). They correlate to the three main UK private school entry points. The results, provided in % format as well as via an Index Score, demonstrate whether the student is capable of managing the UK curriculum.
The tests, which offer over 250 multi-choice questions, are delivered over two-hours using a computer-based technology platform provided by PEARSON VUE. During the international trial period, top BUSSATs Index Scorers have fulfilled their academic promise at UK Boarding Schools, achieving multiple A* grades at GCSE and A-Level examinations.
BUSSATs has also collaborated with the Medic Portal and the Royal Society of Medicine to develop ‘Fit to be a Doctor?’ tests for 14-18 year olds, determining what they need to achieve to enter the competitive field of medicine either in the UK or abroad.
What is the PSAPI Score?
Private schools in the UK apply for and achieve a unique Index Score (PSAPI) based on the level of their students at 11+ or 13+ or 16+. Students sit the BUSSATs to help place them within the scoring system. Their results are computed into a School Academic Performance Index Score which are compared with the same tests taken by international candidates seeking placements at those schools.
Each test taker has his or her results computed into an Individual Academic Performance Index Score, which gives a relative measure of overall academic ability. (Individual subject achievements are also available to both schools and applicants). Schools, coaching centres and colleges are then able to specify the range of academic ability acceptable to them, as measured by their own Index Score.
What are the costs?
For Agents operating as a BUSSATs Test Centre for the 2017/18 Academic Year, the wholesale purchase price from ASIS is UK £35 per applicant password. The minimum number of passwords to be initially purchased is 50. Lower wholesale prices will be volume dependent. It is expected that Agents will be able to sell the test to applicants at between a 50% and 100% mark up, depending on the operational region.
How to find out more . . .
- David Boddy, Principal Partner at ASIS will be speaking about BUSSATs at the BBSW Agent Training on Thursday 10th November at the Radisson Blu Edwardian (please contact Alicia Houghton to book a place: firstname.lastname@example.org).
- David and Suzie Oweiss, BUSSATs Manager, UK, will be available on their exhibition stand at the BBSW on 11th and 12th November if you are attending.
- Visit the website at: bussats.com or read the Agent brochure on this link: http://www.bbsconnected.com/lib/docs/bussats_agents_brochure.pdf
- To discuss the service and to learn how your agency can become a test centre, please contact Suzie Oweiss at: email@example.com and on tel: +44 (0) 208 973 2666
I hope you find this new service of interest and I am looking forward to hearing more about BUSSATs at the British Boarding Schools’ Workshop next month and to see how it will make school admissions more effective and efficient.
David Boddy, Principal Partner, ASIS