Berkshire Grammar Schools 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

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:


Kendrick School

Reading School for Boys


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 (University of Durham)

Results Date: October

Pass Mark: 108 – 114 (this varies and is subject to change)

Allocations Date: March

Appeals Hearings: April, May, June

Admissions Info: admin@kendrick.reading.sch.uk, 0118 901 5859 | secretary@reading-school-co.uk, 0118 901 5600


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 Papers for the Berkshire Grammar Schools 11 Plus Exam


For children preparing for the Berkshire 11+ exam, we’d highly recommend the following resources to maximise their chances of success:


11+ Short Numerical Reasoning (CEM)

11+ Long Numerical Reasoning

11+ Multiple-Choice Numerical Reasoning


11+ Verbal Reasoning (CEM)

11+ Comprehension (CEM)

11+ Cloze (CEM)

11+ CEM Spelling (CEM)


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.



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