Ashlawn School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information – Key Details




Founded in 1985, Ashlawn School (formerly Dunsmore School) is a partially selective secondary school located in Rugby, Warwickshire. One of only 7 bilateral schools in the UK, Ashlawn specialises in Computing, Science and Leadership.


Ashlawn is one of very few schools to have been granted status as a National Teaching School. OFSTED rates the school as ‘outstanding’ and teachers from other schools often train at Ashlawn.


The school has approximately 1662 students and 90 full-time teaching staff. Recent additions to the school include a Sixth Form Centre and Teaching Studio, which was built thanks to a £2.6 million investment from the Education Funding Agency.


Ashlawn has a reputation for producing consistently good exam results and in January 2016, the school was named one of the best state schools based on GCSE and A Level results by Tatler Magazine.


For an insight into what it’s like in Year 7 at Ashlawn School, take a look at this video made by the students:



11 Plus Exam Information for Ashlawn School


Address: Ashlawn School, Ashlawn Road, Hillmorton, Rugby, CV22 5ET

County: Warwickshire

Admissions Info:, 01788 573425

School Type: Mixed grammar

Number of pupils: 1,662 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 90 selective places

Open Day Date: June/July

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: CEM 11 Plus


Ashlawn School 11 Plus Admissions


Admissions to Ashlawn school are handled by the Academy Trust, who admit students in consultation with Warwickshire Local Authority. To be eligible to apply for a place at Ashlawn, parents are required to register their child by returning the 11 Plus Registration Form and naming the school on the Common Application Form.


Admissions are based on student performance in the two test papers as set by Cambridge Assessment. Automatic qualifying scores are set and used by the Committee of Reference, based on exam performance that year. Students who achieve the qualifying score will receive an offer to their first-priority school, named on the CAF form.


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Ashlawn School


In order to apply for entry to Ashlawn school, parents need to register their child to sit the 11 Plus exam. Parents are required to nominate the school in the Common Application Form, which is provided by the Local Authority, or can be completed online.


The school also recommends that students apply through the non-selective route and register to take the MFL Aptitude Tests. Although the MFL doesn’t form part of the selective criteria, it is used as part of the school’s oversubscription criteria. Students are welcome to apply to the school through both selective and non-selective routes.


The CAF from needs to be returned to the child’s home authority.


Parents living in Warwickshire should register their child through Warwickshire Admissions, whereas those living in other areas need to register with their home authority.


Late applications are welcomed although they are de-prioritized over applications that were made in time.


Ashlawn School 11 Plus Exam Format


The Ashlawn 11 Plus exam consists of two papers, each lasting approximately 50 minutes, covering Verbal Reasoning, Numeracy and Non-Verbal Reasoning. The questions are a mix of multiple choice and standard format.


The verbal reasoning test also includes an English component, consisting of a comprehension section and a ‘cloze test’, which focuses on passages of prose.


The numeracy test focuses on mathematical patterns, mental arithmetic and problem solving.


How to Prepare for the Ashlawn School 11 Plus Exam?


As with any exam, it’s best to start revising early. At Exam Papers Plus, we’ve written a series of articles that focus on preparing for the 11 Plus test, some of which include:



Initially, we advise that students sit a couple of practice exam papers at home, so that you can see at what level they’re currently performing. Not only do practice papers help to identify strengths and weaknesses, but they can help your child get used to the exam layout.


As their studying progresses, you can re-introduce the practice tests to see how they’re improving. In the lead up to the exam, we recommend doing timed practice tests to get your child used to answering the questions under exam conditions.


Practice Exam Papers for the Ashlawn School 11 Plus Exam


The practice papers that we produce come complete with answers, enabling you to accurately measure your child’s performance and track their improvements. We have several 11 plus practice papers that can help your child prepare for entry to Ashlawn School:


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+ Ashlawn exam.


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+ Ashlawn 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)

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+ Verbal Reasoning – Word Associations (CEM)

This pack focuses on another common CEM Verbal Reasoning question type. It doesn’t feature in that many 11+ resources so your child may not be too familiar with the format. It assesses the depth of a student’s vocabulary, as well as their understanding of phrases and idioms. There are 24 timed tests included, all designed to match the exact format and style used in the actual exam. Answer sheets and answers are included.


11+ Verbal Reasoning – Adjectives (CEM)

This pack focuses on a CEM question type that targets a student’s knowledge and understanding of adjectives. To do well in this question type, students need to have a broad vocabulary as well as a solid understanding of common phrases and idioms. Furthermore, when there are two or more seemingly possible answers, they need to be able to discern which is the ‘best’, given the context. There are 24 timed tests included, all designed to match the exact format and style used in the actual exam. Answer sheets and answers are included.


11+ Verbal Reasoning – Word Definitions (CEM)

This pack focuses on a CEM question type that tests the depth of a student’s vocabulary. These questions can be quite tricky. For example, the superfluous definitions are designed to pose challenges, perhaps defining a homophone of one of the target words. To do well in this question type, students must be confident in their choice of words and their meanings. There are 24 timed 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 – Fiction

11+ Comprehension (CEM) Pack 2 – Non-Fiction

11+ Comprehension (CEM) Pack 3 – Poetry

These packs focus on multiple-choice comprehension, which will feature in the CEM 11+ Ashlawn exam. There are 15 comprehension tests included in each pack. Pack 1 focuses on classical fiction, Pack 2 focuses on non-fiction and Pack 3 focuses on poetry.


11+ Inference Skills

This pack focuses on improving inference skills via a series of creative and unusual exercises. Inference skills will be tested in the comprehension section of the CEM 11+ exam.


11+ Cloze (CEM) Pack 1 – Words

11+ Cloze (CEM) Pack 2 – Sentences

These packs focus on cloze questions that are used in almost all CEM 11+ exams. Pack 1 focuses on missing words and Pack 2 focuses on missing sentences.


11+ Spelling Pack 1 (CEM)

11+ Spelling Pack 2 (CEM)

CEM 11+ exams, such as the 11 plus Ashlawn test, 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 (CEM) Pack 1

11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning (CEM) Pack 2

11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning (CEM) Pack 3

11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning (CEM) Pack 4

These packs cover the key question types that could come up in CEM 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning sections. Each pack contains 180 questions split across 12 practice tests, using the format, layout and timings of the actual exam. These packs represent the most effective way to prepare for 11 Plus CEM Non-Verbal Reasoning.


Full Practice Tests


11+ CEM Practice Test 1

11+ CEM Practice Test 2

11+ CEM Practice Test 3

11+ CEM Practice Test 4

11+ CEM Practice Test 5

11+ CEM Practice Test 6

11+ CEM Practice Test 7

11+ CEM Practice Test 8

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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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in Ashlawn School 11+ past papers. The information provided about Ashlawn 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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