Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex (CSSE) 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information



There are ten grammar schools in the Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex (CSSE). For 11 Plus and admissions information about each school, please visit the pages below:



11 Plus Exam Information for Essex Consortium Grammar Schools


Registration Closing Date: July

Common Application Form (CAF) Closing Date: October

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: CSSE

Results Date: October

Allocations Date: March

Admissions Info: Essex Council, 0845 603 2200,


CSSE 11 Plus Admissions


Year 7 admission to all grammar schools in the CSSE are based on pupil performance in the 11 Plus exam.


Essex and Southend grammar school admissions are managed by the Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex (CSSE). You can contact them directly at, or by telephone on 01245 348257.


The schools have one common selection test to ensure that students only sit one exam to cover all the schools on their preference form. All selective places are awarded on the basis of student ability, which is defined by their test score.


For more information on the admission criteria to CSSE schools, please see the CSSE information guide.


How to Register for the Consortium of Grammar Schools in Essex 11 Plus Exam


Before registering for a Year 7 place at a CSSE school, it’s advised that parents attend one of their preferred school’s Open Events. Each school has its own event where parents and students can visit the campus, meet staff and learn more about the admissions process.


To register for a Year 7 place at a CSSE school, parents need to complete a Common Application Form (CAF) before October. The form can be completed online via the Essex Council website.


Parents should also complete a Supplementary Information Form to register their child to take the selective test. The form can be completed online on the CSSE website. Alternatively, it can be obtained from any CSSE school.


Essex Consortium Grammar Schools 11 Plus Exam Format


All CSSE members use the same 11 Plus exam to ensure that students only need to take part in one test. The exam consists of two test papers that cover English and Maths.


The English test typically includes comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, creative writing, verbal reasoning and literacy questions. The Maths paper focuses on topics from the KS2 National Curriculum.


The test scores are age-standardised and offers of places are dependent on passing the selection tests. However, it should be noted that passing the selection tests is not a guarantee of being offered a place.


Test results are sent to parents by first class post in October.


Practice Exam Papers for the CSSE 11 Plus Exam


One of the most effective ways to prepare for the CSSE 11 Plus is to use 11 Plus practice tests. At Exam Papers Plus, we publish practice tests that can help students prepare for the CSSE. Our tests can help improve a student’s performance in the final exam and give them a confidence boost before test day. When used under timed exam conditions, our tests can also help improve students’ time management skills.



We have a number of practice tests specifically designed to help students prepare for the 11+ CSSE exam in Essex. You can learn more about them here.



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The CSSE 11+ English paper can include both multiple-choice and open-answer comprehension questions, as well as a writing section and reasoning section.


For multiple-choice comprehension practice, we’d highly recommend:


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For open-answer comprehension and writing practice, we’d highly recommend these resources:





Verbal Reasoning


For the reasoning section, we’d highly recommend these practice tests:


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Skill Specific Practice




The CSSE 11+ Maths paper covers the KS2 syllabus (including problem solving and arithmetic) as well as some non-verbal reasoning. The maths questions are not multiple-choice.


We’d highly recommend:


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Skill specific practice



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Why do some of the recommendations above show me independent school papers?


The main difference between independent and grammar school papers is the question format. Independent schools usually assess with standard format questions, which means students need to write out full answers. Grammar schools usually use multiple-choice format questions.


Whilst these selective schools in Essex are grammar schools, they actually use the independent school (standard) format for their exams, which is why they are included in the recommendations above.



The information provided about the Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex 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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