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Chelmsford County High School for Girls 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

Chelmsford County High School for Girls was founded in 1906. Located in Chelmsford, in Essex, the school accepts girls aged between 11 and 18 years old. CCHS, as it’s known locally, is considered one of the most competitive schools in the area to gain admission. It is considered one of the highest performing in the UK with students frequently scoring top marks at GCSE and A Level.  CCHS has Technology, Music and Language College status and converted to an academy in 2011.

 

For an insight into life in Year 7 at Chelmsford County High School for Girls, check out this welcome video:

 

 

11 Plus Exam Information for Chelmsford County High School for Girls

 

Address: Chelmsford County High School for Girls, Broomfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1RW

County: Essex

Admissions Info: [email protected], 01245 352592

School Type: Girls’ Grammar

Number of pupils: 889+ (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 120

Open Day Date: June

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: CEM (Durham University)

 

Chelmsford County High School for Girls 11 Plus Admissions

 

Admission to Chelmsford County High School for Girls is based on a pupil’s performance in the 11 Plus entrance exam. All applicants must satisfy the school’s criteria and it should be noted that passing the entrance test isn’t a guarantee of a place in Year 7. A formal application should be made through the pupil’s local authority in order to be eligible to take the entrance test.

 

More information on the CCHS admissions process can be found on the school website, here.

 

How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Chelmsford County High School for Girls

 

In order to apply for a Year 7 place at Chelmsford County High School for Girls, parents need to register their child by completing the online application form on the school website. The school also has a Supplementary Information Form (SIF), which provides more information on the registration process.

 

CCHS should be named on the student’s Common Application Form (CAF), which can be submitted online, or by post to the school. In order to submit the form online, parents will need a passcode to gain access to the admission section of the site. In order to obtain a passcode, parents need to first of all, register their email address on the site, here. Paper registrations are also accepted and can be obtained by emailing the school directly at [email protected]

 

Additional documents needed to complete the Supplementary Information Form (SIF), include:

 

  1. A passport-sized photograph of the applicant
  2. Proof of address, including a council tax bill, and two utility bills
  3. A copy of your tenancy agreement, if living in rented property.
  4. Evidence to support request for special requirements.
  5. Evidence to support Pupil Premium eligibility, or Looked After Child status.

 

Chelmsford County High School for Girls 11 Plus Exam Format

 

The CCHS 11 Plus exam consists of two test papers, each lasting approximately 60 minutes. Each test contains a mix of the following elements:

 

  • Vocabulary, comprehension, verbal reasoning
  • Numerical reasoning
  • Non-verbal reasoning

 

The verbal reasoning test contains literacy and comprehension questions, rather than the usual verbal reasoning questions you’d typically find in the 11 Plus.

 

 

How to Prepare for the Chelmsford County High School for Girls 11 Plus Exam?

 

Preparation for the 11 Plus entrance exam should begin early. The sooner your daughter begins her preparation, the more time she’ll have to improve any weak areas.

 

We advise students to create a revision timetable that covers all the elements they’ll need to know for the exam. Additionally, introducing practice exam papers early can provide a good indication of their current abilities.

 

As the exam approaches, it’s a good idea to have your daughter do timed practice papers, so she gets used to answering questions quickly and under pressure. The more practice papers she completes under test conditions, the better her time management skills will become.

 

Not only do practice exam papers help with time management, but they’re also a great way to help familiarise your child with the types of questions they may be asked on the day of the test. They also help students become familiar with the layout of the exam.

 

Practice Papers for the Chelmsford County High 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 Chelmsford County 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+ Chelmsford County 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+ Chelmsford County 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

11+ Comprehension (CEM) Pack 2

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

 

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 Chelmsford County 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

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

 

11+ CEM Practice Test 1

11+ CEM Practice Test 2

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 Chelmsford County High School for Girls 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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