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There are four grammar schools in the London Borough of Bexley. For more information on the 11 Plus exam at each of these schools and for guidance on their admissions process, please click on the links below:
- Bexley Grammar School
- Beths Grammar School
- Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School
- Townley Grammar School
11 Plus Exam Information for Bexley Grammar Schools
Registration Closing Date: July
Common Application Form (CAF) Closing Date: October
Exam Date: September
Exam Board Type: CEM (Cambridge Assessment)
Results Date: October
Pass Mark: 216 (subject to change)
Allocations Date: March
Appeals Hearings: April, May
Admissions Info: London Borough of Bexley, 0208 303 7777
Bexley Grammar Schools 11 Plus Admissions
All four grammar schools adhere to the Bexley Coordinated Secondary School Admissions Scheme. Only children who pass the Bexley entrance test can be considered for admission in Year 7. However, parents should be aware that achieving the necessary pass mark in the 11+ exam isn’t a guarantee of a Year 7 place at a Bexley grammar school.
Parents and prospective students are invited to attend an open event at their preferred school, which usually takes place in October. These events give parents and students the opportunity to tour the school, meet members of staff and talk to current pupils.
To be considered for a Year 7 place at a Bexley grammar school, parents must register their child for the eleven plus exam, which takes place in September.
How to Register for the Bexley Grammar Schools 11 Plus Exam
To apply for a Year 7 place at a Bexley grammar school, parents must complete an online application form via their Local Authority (LA). Parents are advised to contact the LA directly with any specific admission questions, rather than contacting the schools themselves. Contact details for the LA can be found above.
Bexley Grammar Schools 11 Plus Exam Format
The Bexley grammar school eleven plus exam consists of two test papers, each lasting around 50 minutes. The two tests cover the following subjects:
- Verbal reasoning (including some literacy)
- Numerical reasoning (maths)
- Non-verbal reasoning
The papers are divided into timed sections and most questions are multiple-choice. Children will have a short break between the two test papers.
Practice Exam Papers for the Bexley Grammar Schools 11 Plus Exam
The resources below will prove useful for children currently preparing for the Bexley grammar schools eleven plus exam:
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+ Bexley 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 the CEM 11+ Bexley 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.
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.
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 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
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
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 Bexley 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.