CEM 11 Plus
ElevenPlusTests.org.uk
 
What are Eleven plus exams (also known as secondary school transfer tests)?

The Eleven plus exam is a test given to children in England at the beginning of their final year of primary school, known as year 6. It is used to determine whether a child is likely to be suited to the academic rigours and pace of a grammar school choice. Although independent schools and private schools use a test dubbed the 11+, most people refer to the eleven plus as a test used for entry in to state secondary schools.

Since the mid-1970s may schools stopped using 11+ exams to determine which secondary school children attended. Selective schools were replaced with non-selective comprehensive schools, which often setted or streamed children based on ability. Nevertheless a sizeable number of Local Authorities (LAs) retained selective schools, especially Buckinghamshire, Kent and Essex, which still have a large number of grammar schools.
 
What type of selection tests do pupils take?

The two main test suppliers are GL Assessment (GL), a private company, and CEM (part of Cambridge University).

The exact type of test depends upon the grammar school or LA. But, most tests have a multiple-choice format, or marking answers on an answer sheet. Some areas have began using computer based tests. The eleven plus tests are usually based on some or of the following topics.
 
  • Comprehension questions
    These comprise of questions relating to a either a large piece of text, or short passages.
  • Verbal Reasoning questions
    These comprise of questions that required a strong vocabulary (and sometimes quick mathematics in GL tests)
  • Mathematics questions including data-processing questions
    These tend to cover the KS2 maths syllabus.
  • Non-Verbal reasoning (NVR) and spatial reasoning questions
    These tend to involve solving problems based around pictures, diagrams, shapes and space.


Tests in most schools (but not all) comprise of two papers sat on the same day with a short break between papers.

How to pass the 11+

The simple answer is to prepare. Be on top of school work, read widely, complete KS2 maths and learn the concepts of NVR questions.

  • Comprehension: read books of interest and on a wide number of topics. Get in to the habit of reading books before going to sleep.
  • Verbal Reasoning: again read and look up meanings of words, especially synonyms and antonyms. Build vocabulary.
  • Mathematics: master your times-tables and aim to complete KS2 maths. Practice year 6 KS2 SATsPapers. They are free to download.
  • Non-Verbal reasoning (NVR) and spatial reasoning: Learn the principles and concepts and keep practicing questions.
     

Are there any 11+ preparation tools?

Yes, for English & Verbal Reasoning consider WordBuilder to prepare. For Maths and NVR consider CoolCleverKids. Practice 11+ mock papers (available from the shop). Download FREE SATs papers from SATsPapers.org.uk. 11+ preparation books are available from SATsBooks.com.

11+ Test Information

11+ Exams

There are numerous organisations that create entrance exams for secondary school admission. The main two players are CEM Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring®, at the University of Cambridge® and GL Assessment®.

CEM Centre is one of the largest independent providers of educational assessment and monitoring systems in the world and sets secondary school entrance assessments (widely referred to as selective entrance or 11+ exams) for various English grammar schools and regions, including Bexley; BirminghamBuckinghamshire; CCHS (Essex); Gloucestershire; Henrietta Barnett & LatymerReadingRedbridgeShropshire; Slough; WalsallWarwickshire; Wolverhampton; Trafford; Bexley; Torbay & DevonKent Shepway, and Medway .

GL Assessment
® (formally National Foundation for Educational Research®) is another supplier. Every year GL Assessment® constructs new, custom-made selection tests for many schools and Local Authorities. Although GL Assessment® is the copyright holder of the tests, it is the property of the commissioning school or Local Authority for the duration of use.

Both tests are easy to prepare for using WordBuilder.co.uk and CoolCleverKids.co.uk.

 

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Purchase Mock Exams from the Shop

Past eleven plus papers set by CEM Centre® Cambridge University are not released and cannot be purchased. Usually, two weeks before the test, applicants receive a sample sheet containing example questions.

The new tests from GL Assessment® are similar in to tests from the University of Durham®  as far as content is concerned. The move is towards a rich vocabulary, curriculum maths (old level 5 and 6, now a score of 105+) and NVR. The difficulty is tailored for GL 11+ (Grade Level 11+).
 
Children`s Educational Material for the 11+ has constructed seven practice mock exams. These mock test packs consists of two 50-60 minute papers as well as answers and are available from the shop.

These are NOT endorsed or associated with CEM Centre for Evaluation & Monitoring® who do not provide preparation material. They are also suitable for the new GL Assessment® and ISEB selection tests.

Warwickshire and Birmingham Consortium

For 2016, Warwickshire shares Birmingham 11+ Consortium test, so 5000 Birmingham students and 2000 Warwickshire students can pass on content to late Warwickshire sitters. The shared test will now require students to mark answers on a separate answer sheet and no longer write answers in a booklet, increasing the chances of marking answers in the incorrect place as has occurred numerous times in other regions. If a test is shared, with other regions, always tick a box to share results with another areas as a backup plan. You have nothing to lose by doing so, and it could prove useful. You never know what may happen.

Recently, the Lawrence Sheriff School in Rugby unlawfully withdrew a place of a child days before the end of year 6 despite the local authority refusing to withdraw the place on four occasions. Luckily the child was offered a place at Schools in two different areas (Walsall and Birmingham) as opposed to be left unplaced because of serious failings of this school. Unfortunately, the child displaced other innocent children, through no fault of his own when he moved straight to the top of waiting lists and was offered places. Play safe and share results with other schools and areas even if you have no intention of taking up a place in other areas.

 

Free Mock Exams

Taking a "free mock" will cost the school money. But one would expect financially astute schools to consider the financial implications of setting an early test date. Common sense dictates an earlier test is likely to be used as a "free mock" and this has been well known to occur for many years.

All regions can sit the Walsall; Wolverhampton, and Shropshire 11+. Apart from children in this consortium and in Warwickshire all children can sit the Birmingham 11+.

We recommend all children, where possible, register for the Warwickshire 11+.

CEM ® object to this strategy when it is a legal right. We cannot image why, as if the test is resistant to prepping, what difference would free mocks make?

We believe there is no evidence that any 11+ tests are resistant to prepping and practise will simply improve performance.

Regional and National 11+ Exams

We believe the Warwickshire's three test dates compromises their 11+ as questions and content are leaked to late sitters and tuition centres are known to recreate questions, often for their weaker students. Out of area children can sit the tests very late with knowledge of content and move straight to the top of waiting lists. No party can discover the confidential contents of test papers prior to them being used for the first time. Once taken, children will and do discuss content amongst themselves and with parents and tutors, so information enters the public domain and the test is immediately compromised. Content is available on many sites including file sharing sites. This is why Year 6 Sats, GCSE and `A` level exams are not reused after the main testing date.

The Warwickshire 11+ is the main "free mock" for all.

It seems a matter of time before a single national 11+ test will be held.

NVR

Non-verbal Reasoning


Prepare for different types of NVR questions  using

ULTIMATE NVR

over 30 different types of NVR question examples
with explanations.

Available to download from the shop.

GL Assessment 11+ Tests
  • Practice papers available from GLA
  • Past papers not released
  • 2  x 60 minute multiple choice papers
  • Answers marked on separate sheets
  • Paper 1: English & Maths
  • paper 2: VR & NVR/Spatial Reasoning
  • Wide range of Verbal Reasoning Questions
  • VR includes numerical problems
  • Requires extensive preparation
  • Maths up to KS2, includes part of year 6
  • Same test used for late sitters
CEM 11+ Tests
  • No official practice papers available
  • Past papers not released.
  • 2 x 50 minute tests
  • Answers marked on separate sheets
  • Mixture of multiple choice and marking a number on answer sheets
  • Individually timed short sections mixed topics in a paper
  • Fewer types of Verbal Reasoning questions than GLA
  • Requires a rich vocabulary
  • Fewer types of verbal reasoning questions
  • Same test used for late sitters
Preparing for Comprehension & VR
  • Read a wide variety of books and texts
  • Read CBBC news to increase vocabulary
  • Create word lists of unfamiliar words.
  • Learn synonyms and antonyms
  • Use new words in conversations
  • Practice comprehension
  • Practice verbal reasoning questions
Preparing for Mathematics
  • Master your multiplication tables
  • Practice mental maths in speed
  • Cover KS2 Year 6 Maths syllabus
  • Master percentage
  • Master ratio and proportion
  • Practice past year 6 SATs papers
  • Learn maths tricks and trips
Preparing for NVR & Spatial Reasoning
  • Learn the basics of NVR questions
  • Understand rotation, reflection, sequences
  • Consider counting, odd one out as differences
  • Become familiar with cubes & nets
  • Keep practicing & repeat questions
  • Aim to consistently achieve 85% in tests
11+ Tourism - a legal right to free mocks
Following the Greenwich ruling all pupils, of the appropriate age, have right, in law, to sit any eleven plus exam set by any school or local authority anywhere in the country. They simply cannot be refused the chance to sit the exam solely on the basis of where they live.
 
The Office of the School Adjudicator (OSA) confirmed this right to use 11+ tests as free mock exams, as well as the right to take 11+ tests late.
 
A number of regions do not have catchment areas, so sitting 11+ exams outside catchment areas. This does not prejudice the balance and fairness of testing.

A number of areas allow late testing and use the same test, so many children deliberately sit tests late, armed with text content. The current testing system allows cheating and is a defunct testing process.

The best way to prepare for any test is to take mock exams. What is better than taking a real test as a mock? Use 11+ tests in different areas as free mock exams.

 
11+ Exam Dates

Gloucestershire Consortium; London Borough of Redbridge; Reading & Slough Consortium;
Chelmsford County High School (CCHS); Heckmondwike School
and the Trafford Consortium

2021 Entry
Test Date: Saturday 12th September, 2020
and Monday 24th September, 2020


Gloucestershire 11+         
High School for Girls; Marling School; Pate`s Grammar School; Ribston Hall High School; Stroud High School; The Crypt School
Register 1st June 2020 - noon 30th June 2020. Results: 12 October 2020.
Slough Consortium 11+
Herschel Grammar School; Langley Grammar School; St Bernard`s Convent School, and Upton Court Grammar School
Reading Consortium 11+
Kendrick School and Reading School
London Borough of Redbridge 11+
Ilford County High School; Woodford County High School
Other Individual Schools
Chelsmford County High  School for Girls   (CCHS)
BHP Consortium
Heckmondwike Grammar School, Backup & Rawtenstall Grammar & Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, PenrithTrafford Consortium 
(Compromised test - questions known from above)
Test Date 14th September, 2020

Altrinham Grammar School, Sale Grammar School, Stetford Grammar School & Urmston Grammar School
 Register by 24th June, 2020 12 noon

  Always tick the box to share results with all regions

The Henrietta Barnet School


(London)


2020 Entry


Register from April 2019 to 5pm 17th July, 2019 
 


A two round testing process
 

Round 1:  Verbal, Non-verbal &  English

Early September, 2019 (am and pm)

 


Supplementary Test 7th September, 2019
 


Round 2: English & Mathematics October 2019 (TBC)

Dame Alice Owen's School 
Monday 2nd September 2019

&

South West Herts 11+ Consortium  (SWHC)
Saturday 7th September, 2019

2020 Entry
 

South West Herts Consortium Schools

Bushey Meads School

Parmiter`s School

Queen School

Rickmansworth School

St Clement`s Dane`s School

Watford Grammar School for Boys

Watford Grammar School for Girls.

Kent Grammar Schools Shepway Test


(CEM Select
computer based test)
and English written test


2020 Entry

Register 9am Monday 3rd June 2019
to 4pm Monday 8th July 2019


Test Date Saturday 14th September, 2019


Dover Grammar School

Folkstone Grammar School 

Harvey Grammar School

Mayfield Grammar School

Results 10th October 2019

Note many Kent schools use tests from GL Assessment ®
 

Birmingham Consortium 11+  &
Warwickshire Consortium 11+


2021 Entry

Test Date: Saturday 12th Sept, 2020.  Supplementary Date: Sun 13h Sept 2020
 (for Jewish & Seven Heavens faiths who object to Saturday testing and those unable to sit on the first date).

Additional Dates for Warwickshire: Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd Sept, 2020, 
and week commencing 4 Jan 2021 and 1st March 2021


Grammar Schools In Birmingham

Bishop Vesey`s Grammar School;  Handsworth Grammar School; King Edward VI Aston School; King Edward VI Camp Hill Boys School; King Edward VI Camp Hill Girl`s School; King Edward VI Five Ways School;  King Edward VI Handsworth School and Sutton Coldfield Girl`s School    
         
Warwickshire Grammar Schools

Alcester Grammar School ; King Edward VI Camp Grammar School; Stratford-Upon-Avon Grammar School for Girls; Lawrence Sheriff School; Rugby High School; Ashlawn Selective School (bilateral school) *

* Has a separate Modern Foreign Language Test. MFL test is not an 11+ test, but a route in to the grammar stream.

Registration: 5th May 2020 to 26th June 2020
Results: 12th October, 2020
Always tick the box to share results with both regions.

London Borough of Bexley 11+

2019 Entry



Test Date: Tuesday 11th September, 2018 morning &
afternoon for non-Bexley primary school children


Wednesday, 12th September, 2018 morning for Bexley primary school children


Registration Dates: 1st May 2018 to 8th July 2018


Beths Grammar School

Bexley Grammar School

Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School

Townley Grammar School

Buckinghamshire Transfer Test (Bucks 11+)

2020 Entry  is a GL Assessment Test


Registration: 3pm, 1st May 2019 to 3pm,
30th June 2019 (TBC)
(for children outside Bucks. Bucks children do not need to register)

Preparation Test: Tuesday 10th September, 2019


Transfer Test Date: 12th September, 2019


Results: Wednesday 18th October, 2019

Aylesbury Grammar School; Aylesbury High School; Beconsfield High School; Burham Grammar School; Dr Challoner`s Grammar School; Dr Challoner`s High School; Chesham Grammar School ; John Hampden Grammar School; Royal Grammar School; Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School;
Sir William Borlase`s Grammar; The Royal Latin School & Wycombe High School
 

Bucks have now moved back to

GL Assessment tests

Ashlawn Selective (Warwickshire)

Aptitude Test for Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

*** NOT an 11+ selective test ***


2020 Entry

A back door route as children are taught alongside the selective stream.
High KS2 SATs scores are also a backdoor route in to the selective stream.

Note: once you are in the grammar stream, you can be removed from the stream in some subjects so there is no guarantee of a grammar school education. Some people do not consider this bilateral school providing a "real" grammar school education for this reason.

Candidates can also take the Warwickshire 11+


Saturday 14th Sept, 2019

Alternative Date: 21st Sept, 2019


No free mocks for the MFL test


But, take the Warwickshire 11+ on 7th September, 2019

Shropshire, Walsall & Wolverhampton 11+ Consortium

Torbay & Devon 11+ Consortium

Bishop Wordsworth's School (Wiltshire)

Wirrall Borough Council


2020 Entry

Shropshire, Walsall & Wolverhampton Consortium: Monday 16 September 2019
                          
Adams Grammar School; Newport Girls' High School;
Queen Mary's Grammar; School Queen Marys High School,
Wolverhampton Girls' High School

Torbay & Devon 11+ Consortium: Saturday 14 September 2019

Churston Ferrers Grammar; Torquay Boys' Grammar; Torquay Girls' Grammar;
Colyton Grammar School, and Bishop Wordsworth's School

Wirral Borough Council: Monday 16 September 2019

Calday Grange Grammar School; West Kirby Grammar School;Wirral Grammar School for Boy, and Wirral Grammar School for Girls

Always tick the box to share results with both regions.

CoolCleverKids
11+ Maths and NVR
CoolCleverKids.co.uk

CoolCleverKids CEM 11+ The Maths site with NVR (Non-verbal reasoning) for Sats and 11+ preparation. Ideal for primary school education and selective school exams. Maths lesson notes; worksheets; presentations; games, & tests auto marked with explanations.

WordBuilder
11+ English & VR
www.WordBuilder.co.uk

WordBuilder CEM 11+Verbal reasoning and English for the 11+, Sats and private/independent school entrance exams as well as primary school. Spellings; definitions; meanings; synonyms; antonyms; cloze passages; jumbled sentences & comprehension.

Sats Papers
Year 2-6 & 11+
www.SatsPapers.org.uk
SATs Papers

Information relating to Sats Tests. Free downloads of Sats papers covering Year 2 to 6 with no registration. Prepare for Year 6 level 3-5, level 6 & 11+ tests. Download the latest phonics tests.
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Fun FREE Android App to test your thinking and reaction speed. Four fun games: colours; shapes; numbers and next letter. Stores score history. Ideal for Sats & 11+ fun whilst you prepare. Download from Google Play.

 

 
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11+ English (Verbal Reasoning)
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Spellings; Vocabulary; Synonyms; Antomyms; Conundrums; Cloze Passages; Comprehension, and Jumbled up sentences. Ideal for 11+ tests set at the CEM Centre, at Durham University®.
www.WordBuilder.co.uk
 
 
11+ Maths (Numerical Reasoning)
and NVR online preparation with


Free maths question generator
Lesson notes; presentations (videos); worksheets; games; Sats style tests from Year 2 to 6 including mental maths audio tests; private school 11+ tests, and CEM style past questions.
Now includes Non-verbal Reasoning.
Ideal for 11+ tests set at the CEM Centre, at Durham University®.
www.CoolCleverKids.co.uk
 
 

The 11+ information site
Helping children pass the 11+
Free advice and resources with
recommendations for preparation.
 

Children’s Educational Material 11+
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Email: cemelevenplus@gmail.com
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