Adams Grammar School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

Founded in 1656, Adams Grammar School is a selective boys’ school offering day and boarding education in Newport, Shropshire. Currently accommodating around 800 pupils, the school celebrated its 350th year in 2006, which saw the completion of a performing arts centre and a new science block. The school has an increasing number of international students, especially from Hong Kong and is a specialist technology and language college.


Adams is regularly listed as one of the top 50 schools in the country and consistently produces good GCSE and A Level results. As a result, the school sees a high number of its graduates attend the Russell Group and Golden Triangle Universities.


11 Plus Exam Information for Adams Grammar School


Address: Adams Grammar School, High Street, Newport, TF10 7BD

County: Shropshire

Admissions Info: registrar@adamsgs.org.uk, 01952 386300

School Type: Boys Grammar

Number of pupils: 800 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 115

Open Day: March

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: CEM (University of Durham): Shropshire, Walsall and Wolverhampton Consortium


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Adams Grammar School


Applications for 11 Plus entry in Year 7 are completed online. Registration forms are posted on the school admissions page here from April until June. Two forms need to be completed for 11 Plus Entry: The Entrance Test Registration Form (online) and the Local Authority Form, also known as a Secondary School Preference Form. The latter document needs to be returned to the local authority directly by the deadline date specified on the form.


Adams Grammar School 11 Plus Exam Format


The 11 Plus exam for Adams follows the same structure as other grammar schools in the Wolverhampton and Wrekin region. The exam consists of



The four papers are split over two tests, each lasting 45 minutes, with each paper divided into individually timed sections.


Adams Grammar School 11 Plus Admissions


Most pupils who attend Adams Grammar, join in Year 7, although the school does admit pupils for both day and boarding in Years 8 and 9, if there are spaces available.


Parents can apply to the school regardless of their address in the UK, as places are awarded based on merit. Day places are determined based on student performance in the entrance examination, with boarding places decided based on the individual needs of the candidate.  Applications are open to UK, or EU passport holders.


How to Prepare for the Adams Grammar School 11 Plus Exam?



One of the most effective ways to prepare for the 11 Plus exam is to use practice exam papers. Not only do they help you identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses, but they can also help improve their time management skills.


At Exam Papers Plus, all of our practice papers come complete with answers, so you can accurately measure your child’s performance. We have a selection of 11 Plus exam papers to choose from to help your child prepare for entry to Adams Grammar.


We recommend the following resources:


Mathematics (Numerical Reasoning) Section


11+ Short Numerical Reasoning (CEM)

This pack contains 10 tests, each consisting of 20 questions. It focuses on time-pressured problem solving with question styles that are known to have been previously used by CEM.


11+ Long Numerical Reasoning (CEM)

This pack contains 10 tests, each consisting of 5 sections, with 5 questions in each section. It focuses on a specific type of question that comes up in CEM exams. These questions are based on some form of chart or diagram that the student must use to work out the answers. The answers must be recorded on a separate sheet in a specific manner. This pack includes separate answer sheets so students can get used to recording their responses in this way, just like they will need to do in the 11+ exam for the Shropshire, Walsall and Wolverhampton Grammar Schools..


11+ MC Numerical Reasoning (CEM)

This pack contains 20 tests, each with 10 questions. It focuses on a different CEM question type in which there are multiple possible answer choices provided and the student must pick the correct one for each question. Separate answer sheets are provided so students can get used to recording their responses in this manner.


11+ Mental Arithmetic

This pack contains 15 tests, each with 15 questions. It focuses on fundamental arithmetic skills, developing a strong basis that allows students to work through maths questions efficiently and with confidence.


Verbal Reasoning Section


Verbal Reasoning, as defined by CEM, is quite different to how it may be traditionally understood. It includes a number of question types that focus on vocabulary and comprehension as well as some more unusual formats. Each of the packs below focuses on a different skill that is assessed in the Verbal Reasoning section of the CEM 11+ exam.


11+ Verbal Reasoning (CEM)

This pack contains plenty of practice for various question types that crop up frequently in CEM exams. These include questions  that assess a student’s grasp of synonyms and antonyms as well as other formats such as shuffled sentences and contextual cloze.


11+ Verbal Reasoning – Synonyms and Antonyms (CEM) Pack 1

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Synonyms and Antonyms (CEM) Pack 2

These packs contains plenty of vocabulary practice, specifically designed to match the style used in CEM exams in the ‘Word Choice’ section. There are 24 practice tests in each pack, each with 29 questions. We recommend beginning with Pack 1. Pack 2 is designed to be more challenging.


11+ Verbal Reasoning – Shuffled Sentences (CEM) Pack 1

This pack focuses on a specific CEM Verbal Reasoning question type that comes up frequently. It’s relatively unusual and, in our experience, students can find it difficult to get to grips with. There are 20 tests included, all designed to match the exact format and style used in the actual exam. Answer sheets and answers are included.


11+ Comprehension (CEM) Pack 1

11+ Comprehension (CEM) Pack 2

These packs focus on multiple-choice comprehension, which will feature in the CEM 11+ exam. There are 15 comprehension tests included in each pack. Pack 1 focuses on classical fiction and Pack 2 focuses on non-fiction.


11+ Cloze (CEM)

This pack focuses on cloze questions that are used in almost all CEM 11+ exams. The pack covers three different variations, with 21 tests in total.


11+ Spelling Pack 1 (CEM)

11+ Spelling Pack 2 (CEM)

CEM 11+ exams, such as the 11 plus test for Shropshire, Wolverhampton and Walsall, focus heavily on assessing a child’s vocabulary. These packs each introduce 200 words within context, helping students to improve both their vocabulary and spelling. This will prove useful for the Verbal Reasoning section of the exam. Pack 2 is designed to be more challenging than Pack 1.


Non-Verbal Reasoning Section


11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning

This pack covers a number of the question types that are used in CEM 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning exams such as Matrices, Box Sequences and Exceptions. There are some extension question types as well. Whilst these are not known to be utilised in CEM exams, they will help develop your child’s Non-Verbal reasoning ability, which will stand them in good stead for the exam.


Full Practice Tests


11+ CEM Practice Test 1

11+ CEM Practice Test 2

These packs each contain two test papers covering all three topics: Verbal, Non-Verbal and Numerical Reasoning. Using the official familiarisation material and our deep knowledge of CEM question styles and formats, we’ve created accurate and up to date CEM practice papers that pay attention to all elements including question types, timings, structure, format, question wordings, fonts and design. Answers and Answer Sheets are included so your child can get used to marking their answers as they will need to do in the actual exam.


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The information provided about Adams 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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