Manchester Grammar School 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Exam Information >> 2021/2022 Entry




The Manchester Grammar School (MGS) was named Independent Secondary School of the Year for the North West in The Sunday TimesSchools Guide 2018. It is an independent day school for boys aged 7 to 18, located in the Rusholme area of south-east Manchester.


Founded by the Bishop of Exeter in 1515, the school has over 500 years of history. It has an excellent academic reputation, with students studying for IGCSEs rather than GCSEs and, in the sixth form, there is the option to work towards Cambridge Pre-U qualifications as well as A-levels.  In 2018, 91% of IGCSE grades awarded to MGS students were A*– A / 9–7.


Alongside its traditional academic curriculum, MGS fosters talent in many other areas, particularly sport, music and drama.


You can take virtual tour of the school on its website.


Manchester Grammar School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information


Address: The Manchester Grammar School, Old Hall Lane, Manchester, M14 6HL

County: Greater Manchester

Admissions info: k.heathcote@mgs.orgor 0161 224 7201 ext. 234

School Type: Boys’ independent day school

Number of Students: 1500 (approx.)

Open Day Date: May

Manchester Grammar 11+ Exam Date: 19 January 2022

Exam Type / Board: School’s own


Manchester Grammar School 11 Plus (11+) Admissions


The Manchester Grammar School holds assessment days for all prospective students. Each boy spends a day at the school, during which they attend lessons and participate in various group activities.


The lessons are in maths and one other subject and focus on new topics that the boys will not have been taught yet. Throughout the day, the boys will be assessed on what they have learnt and asked to complete a piece of creative writing. The Manchester Grammar School uses this type of assessment as it gives a good insight into how well each boy is suited to the school’s approach to education and it plays an important part in the selection process.


The entrance exam itself takes place in January and consists of formal papers in English and arithmetic. A reference is also required from each boy’s current school.


The school has compiled a useful list of FAQs relating to admissions on its website and a copy of its admissions policy is available for download.


How to Apply for 11 Plus (11+) Entry to Manchester Grammar School


The Manchester Grammar School holds an open day for prospective students and their parents in early May. However, personal tours can be arranged through the Admissions Manager: k.heathcote@mgs.orgor 0161 224 7201 ext. 234.


If you would like your son to be assessed for entry to MGS, you must complete an application for admission form by the deadline in mid-November. There is a registration fee of £40.


On receipt of the application, the school will contact your son’s current school to request a reference and will send you details of the assessment day and examination day in due course.


The school does not offer any academic scholarships but means-tested bursaries are available.


Manchester Grammar School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Format


The Manchester Grammar School entrance exam consists of the following papers:


  • English A (30 minutes): grammar, punctuation, spelling and vocabulary, comprehension and some data handling and/or reasoning-type questions
  • English B (45 minutes + 5 minutes reading time): comprehension
  • Arithmetic A (30 minutes): short arithmetic and problem-solving questions
  • Arithmetic B (1 hour): multi-part problem-solving questions


Calculators cannot be used for maths papers.


Manchester Grammar School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Practice Papers


Our practice papers, which are available for immediate download, print and use after purchase, offer excellent practice and preparation for the Manchester Grammar School entrance exam. They cover all the key skills and can be used to identify any weaker areas that require additional work ahead of the exam and to help build confidence.




To prepare for the MGS English papers and the creative writing task (completed during the assessment day), we would recommend using the following practice papers, which will help to improve comprehension and writing skills, including spelling and vocabulary:




11+ English Pack 1


11+ English Pack 2


11+ English Pack 3


11+ English Pack 4


11+ English Pack 5


11+ Inference Skills


11+ Complete Comprehension Guide


11+ Reading Workbook




11+ Complete Writing Guide


11+ Writing Prompts


11+ Spelling Pack 1


11+ Spelling Pack 2


Verbal Reasoning


The follow verbal reasoning papers will also help to ensure thorough preparation for English Paper A, which has included logic and reasoning-style questions in the past:


Full practice tests 


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 1


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 2


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 3


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 4


Skill specific practice


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Anagrams


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Analogies


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Codes


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Compound Words


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Embedded Words


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Form a Word


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Insert a Letter


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Analogies


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Calculations


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Codes


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Sequences


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Move a Letter


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Number Analogies


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Number Calculations


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Number Sequences


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Shuffled Sentences


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Synonyms


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Completion


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Match


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Opposites


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Pairs


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Puzzles


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Relationships




To prepare for the maths papers, which tend to be quite challenging, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers:


Full Practice Tests


11+ Mathematics Pack 1


11+ Mathematics Pack 2


11+ Mathematics Pack 3


11+ Mathematics Pack 4


Skill Specific Practice


11+ Problem Solving Pack 1


11+ Problem Solving Pack 2


11+ Mental Arithmetic 


11+ Algebra


11+ Angles & Degrees




11+ Estimation & Place Value


11+ Factors & Multiples


11+ Fractions, Decimals & Percentages


11+ Measurements


11+ Money


11+ Operations


11+ Perimeter, Area & Volume


11+ Position & Direction


11+ Probability


11+ Properties of Shapes


11+ Ratio & Proportion


11+ Reflection, Rotation & Symmetry


11+ Sequences


11+ Special Numbers


11+ Speed, Distance & Time


11+ Statistics


Mark Schemes


Manchester Grammar 11+ Mathematics 2010 Sample Paper


Manchester Grammar 11+ Mathematics 2011 Sample Paper



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Other Entry Points: 7+, 13+ and 16+. Places at other ages arise, subject to availability – known as Late Entry. Please contact the school’s admissions department for further information. Bursaries are not available to Late Entry applicants.



Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in Manchester Grammar School 11+ exam past papers. The information provided about Manchester Grammar School was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.


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