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There are currently six grammar schools in Berkshire, with four based in Slough. Read our guide to the Slough Grammar School Consortium for more details on the 11 Plus exam in that region.
The two remaining schools are based in Berkshire itself. For 11+ exam details and admissions information for each of these schools, please click on the links below:
11 Plus Exam Information for Berkshire Grammar Schools
Registration Closing Date: June
Common Application Form (CAF) Closing Date: October
Exam Date: September
Exam Board Type: CEM (Cambridge Assessment)
Results Date: October
Pass Mark: 108 – 114 (this varies and is subject to change)
Allocations Date: March
Appeals Hearings: April, May, June
Berkshire Grammar Schools 11 Plus Admissions
Year 7 admission to both grammar schools in Berkshire is determined by pupil performance in the 11 Plus exam. If you are considering either of these schools as an option, you are advised to attend an open day, which usually take place in the summer term. At these events, parents can take a tour of the school, ask questions to school staff members and have the opportunity to learn more about the school’s curriculum.
How to Register for the Berkshire Grammar Schools 11 Plus Exam
The Berkshire grammar schools use the same 11+ entrance exam as the Slough Consortium schools. If applying to more than one school, students must be registered with each school by June, in accordance with each school’s admissions policy.
Scores from the 11+ exam can only be shared with the schools for which a child is registered, so parents must ensure registration is complete for all preferred schools before the deadline. Registration forms can be found on the schools’ websites.
Parents must complete a Common Application Form (CAF) by October, which can be downloaded from the Local Authority website.
Berkshire Grammar Schools 11 Plus Exam Format
The Berkshire 11 Plus exam consists of two papers that last approximately 50 minutes each. Both grammar schools in Berkshire use the same test papers, which assess a child’s Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Numerical Reasoning skills. Throughout these tests, children will be required to show competence in KS2 English and maths.
Parents will receive the results of their child’s eleven plus exam in October. Results will be available online and the final Year 7 place allocations will be published in March.
Practice Exam Papers for the 11 Plus Exam in Berkshire
The resources below will prove useful for children currently preparing for the eleven plus exam in Berkshire grammar schools:
Mathematics (Numerical Reasoning) Section
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.
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+ Berkshire exam.
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.
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 CEM 11+ Berkshire exam.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These packs focus on multiple-choice comprehension, which will feature in the CEM 11+ Berkshire 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.
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.
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.
CEM 11+ exams, such as the 11 plus Berkshire 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
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
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 the Berkshire Grammar Schools was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the schools directly if you are unsure of anything. Contact details are provided within individual school posts.