Bexley Grammar School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information



Bexley Grammar School was founded in 1955 and was opened by Sir Edward Heath, who was a Member of Parliament at the time. A Co-educational grammar, Bexley is a specialist Language, Science and Mathematics College and used to have foundational school status before converting to an academy in 2011.


From 2017, the school began offering the International Baccalaureate in place of A Levels in Sixth Form. Students who attend the school are placed in one of six ‘houses’, which has around 12 members of staff in each house.


11 Plus Exam Information for Bexley Grammar School


Address: Bexley Grammar School, Danson Lane, Welling, DA16 2BL

County: Kent

Admissions Info:, 0208 304 8538

School Type: Mixed Grammar

Number of pupils: 1,481 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 190

Open Day Date: October

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: CEM 11 Plus (Cambridge Assessment)


Bexley Grammar School 11 Plus Admissions


Admission to Bexley Grammar School is selective, following the results of the Bexley Selection Tests, which take place in September. Bexley Grammar School is part of the Bexley Co-ordinated Secondary School Admission Scheme and parents who wish to put their child forward for the tests, should visit the local authority website. Parents also need to complete the Common Application Form (CAF) with the school included in the list of preferences.


In order to be eligible for a place at the school, students need to achieve the required score in the selection tests, which are age standardised. Once the scores from the tests are in, they are then considered by a selection panel in order to determine which pupils are ‘deemed selective’.


Allocation decisions are based on the test results, although the Headteacher from the pupil’s primary school can request a review of the results if they feel something has been overlooked. In the case of over-subscription to the school, the following criteria is used:


  • Looked After Children and Previously Looked After Children
  • Guaranteed Grammar School Place (highest 180 scores)
  • Siblings
  • Staff Children
  • Distance


Parents will find out the results of the selection tests in mid-October and in March, the local authority will send details of the school that your child has been offered.


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Bexley Grammar School


To apply for your child to sit the selection tests, you need to register them on the Bexley Local Authority website. Registration forms are made available before applications open. You will also need to complete the Common Application Form, where you can list your child’s preferred schools in order.


Bexley Grammar School Catchment Area


Does Bexley Grammar School have a catchment area?


Yes, Bexley Grammar School has a catchment area with priority based on location and distance from the school.


Bexley Grammar School 11 Plus Exam Format


The 11+ Exam at Bexley Grammar school includes two papers, each lasting around 50 minutes. The papers contain a mixture of the following elements:



Most of the questions in the test papers are multiple choice, although some of the maths and problem solving questions are asked in standard format, where students will need to present their answers in written form and show their mathematical workings.


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


When it comes to studying for the Eleven Plus, the more organised your child is, the better they’ll be able to cover the material they’ll need to know for the tests. Try creating a revision timetable with your child that maps out what topics they need to study on what days. A revision timetable can be as simple as an Excel spreadsheet or a wall planner and can make all the difference in organising your child’s studying.


At Exam Papers Plus, we believe that the ‘little but often’ approach to studying works well. If your child revises regularly for short intervals, they’ll retain more information than they would if they studied for long periods of time infrequently.


One of the best ways to gauge your child’s current level and abilities is to introduce practice exam papers early. Not only will they help you identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses, but they’ll help your child familiarise themselves with the layout of the exam.


As exam day approaches, try doing timed practice papers with your child to help improve their time management skills and get them used to answering questions to a deadline.


We have several 11+ practice papers that can help your child prepare for the Bexley Grammar 11 Plus exam.


Practice Papers for the Bexley Grammar School 11 Plus Exam


The resources below will prove useful for children currently preparing for the Bexley Grammar School eleven plus exam:


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+ Bexley 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 CEM 11+ Bexley 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+ 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+ Bexley 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 Bexley 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 Bexley Grammar School 11+ past papers. The information provided about Bexley 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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