Banding Assessment FAQs
What are banding assessments and why do you do them?
What exactly happens at the banding assessment?
When are the assessments?
Why do you run them before I apply?
When will I be told the results?
Can my daughter fail the assessment?
Does my daughter need to attend the assessment?
I don’t live nearby. Should my daughter sit the banding assessment?
Can I give you the results from another school’s test instead?
Can she sit it remotely, via Skype?
I didn’t know about the banding assessment so I missed registering on time, can my daughter still turn up to the banding?
I missed, or cannot attend, for various reasons, the banding assessments – can the school arrange for another session for my daughter?
My daughter has not sat the assessment, can I still apply?
Does sitting the banding assessment mean my daughter has a place at Camden School for Girls?
How do I register?
The assessments are to ensure we have a mixed ability intake every year. The banding assessment is set and marked by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) and is a cognitive test.
The banding assessment is only used for admissions purposes. The results are not used in school after enrolment. We cannot use data from your daughter’s primary school as this is not available when places are offered.
The bands often bear little or no relation to your child’s performance at school. They are cognitive processing tests.
The allocation to a band by the NFER assessment is regarded by the Governors as final.
The assessment will involve taking two short tests of non-verbal and numeracy reasoning. This is a well tried and tested system widely used by schools for these purposes.
On the day of her assessment session your daughter will be met by staff who will explain how the assessment is conducted. She will take warm-up test questions before each test to give her an idea of what to expect. Your daughter does not need to prepare or train for the assessments. Both assessments will be completed in a single half day session to avoid tiring out your daughter. Both the non-verbal and numeracy reasoning assessments will take 40 minutes. Before each assessment there will be 20 minutes for warm up practice. There will also be time for comfort breaks and administrative time for instructions, taking in papers, etc. Your daughter can, if she wishes, bring a small snack to eat during the break between assessments. The school will supply all writing materials.
Please click here for the list of dates.
This is to ensure that you have the results of the assessment in advance of submitting your application to your local authority.
We need to do this because the Admissions Code 2012 states that banding is a form of selection. Although in practical terms the school bands to ensure a mixed ability and the results of the test have no real bearing on your daughters’ likelihood of getting a place at the school under any admissions criteria, a recent ruling by the Office of the School’s Adjudicator has determined that the school must run these assessments before application.
You will receive an email informing you of the outcome of your daughters banding assessment on or before Friday 28 October.
No. The assessment is not something you pass or fail, and it should not be a source of anxiety for your daughter. The band your daughter is placed in has no bearing on her likelihood of getting a place. The number of places in each band available under the distance criterion varies from year to year as the number of girls in each band who have applied under the other criteria also vary. These numbers cannot be known in advance of application.
Yes. The school gives priority to applications under criteria 2, 3, 4 or 5 to those applicants who have sat the assessment.
If you are applying under the distance criterion, and you live outside the historic maximum offer distances, the test is likely to prove an unnecessary burden on your daughter.
The school offers places to those who live closest.
No. All schools have their own assessment processes. The schools’ bands represent averages generated from the results from those who sit the test so your daughter may be in a different band when assessed by a different school.
No. She must come into school and sit the assessment. If your daughter has a statement of Special Educational Needs, you are applying under criteria 1, or if you have been advised by your local authority that you are able to apply to school in the UK despite currently living abroad, please telephone the school office on (020) 7485 3414 to discuss your specific circumstances.
If you missed the registration deadline, but are not too late for the sessions, please telephone the school office on (020) 7485 3414. If the sessions are not full, your daughter may be able to still attend. However, if they are full, unfortunately your daughter will not be able to sit the assessment.
No. If the sessions have taken place, your daughter will not be able to sit the assessment. Nor can the school make special arrangements to accommodate individual circumstances.
Yes, you can still apply. However, as our application numbers are so high, it is highly unlikely that your application would be successful. Please refer to our Admissions Policy for full details. Priority is given to those who sit the assessment.
No. Sitting the assessment does not guarantee an offer of a place. But it means if you decide to apply, the school will consider your application under the relevant criterion.
Complete the online application form for banding assessments. You should register an account with the school. Registration means you can change your agreed assessment sessions should you need to (and places are still available).
You will receive an automated email confirmation of your child’s assessment times. The email address supplied to the school needs to be regularly checked. The school cannot take responsibility for incorrectly spelled email addresses. Please add CSG to your safe lists or address books to ensure that emails don’t get caught in a spam filter. Please review this email carefully to ensure that all your details are correct.