The Crypt School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

The Crypt School was founded in 1539 and is located in Gloucester. It became an academy in 2011 and, from 2018, it is fully coeducational. Over 800 pupils are divided across five houses: Brown, Henley, Moore, Raikes and Whitefield.


The school encourages its pupils to pursue their passions outside of the classroom through an impressive range of extracurricular activities.


11 Plus Exam Information for The Crypt School


Address: The Crypt School, Podsmead, Gloucester GL2 5AE

County: Gloucestershire

Admissions Info: enquiries@crypt.gloucs.sch.uk, 01452 530291

School Type: Co-Educational (from 2018)

Number of pupils: 804 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 150

Open Day Dates: March and June

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: CEM (Gloucestershire)


The Crypt School 11 Plus Admissions


To be considered for a Year 7 place at The Crypt School, prospective pupils must achieve the required standard in the 11 Plus exam. The school’s admissions are centrally-coordinated by Gloucestershire County Council and parents who wish their child to sit the 11+ test for the school must complete the Gloucestershire Grammar Test Registration Form.


With an average of five applications for every Year 7 place at The Crypt School, in the event of oversubscription, the school will give priority to:


  1. Looked after, or previously looked after, children
  2. Children eligible for Pupil Premium
  3. Children whose parents are members of staff at the school for at least two years
  4. All other children


For more information about The Crypt’s admission process at Year 7, visit the school’s website directly.


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to The Crypt School


The Crypt School uses the same eleven plus test from CEM (Centre of Evaluation and Monitoring) as the other grammar schools in Gloucestershire. For children to be considered for a Year 7 place at the school, parents must complete a Common Application Form (CAF) online via their Local Authority (LA), as well as a test registration form, available via the school’s website during the registration period.


To be considered for a place at The Crypt School, parents must include the school as one of their ranked choices on the CAF. Parents will receive results from the 11 Plus in October and the LA will send out official place allocations in March of the following year.


The Crypt School 11 Plus Exam Format


The Crypt School uses the CEM 11 Plus exam by University of Durham. This test consists of two multiple-choice papers that cover the following subjects:


Both tests are taken on the same day and each last 45-50 minutes.


How to Prepare for The Crypt School 11 Plus Exam?


Students who are due to sit the 11 Plus exam at The Crypt School should create a thorough revision timetable well ahead of exam day. The more prepared children are ahead of the exam, the better chance they will have of achieving a good score.


Children may need to commit time to additional revision sessions alongside their usual homework. If students are struggling to get motivated, consider introducing fun revision games.


Practice exam papers are an effective preparation tool for The Crypt School eleven plus. These papers are an excellent way of improving time management skills. The more papers that a student takes, the more familiar  they will become with the types of questions they could be asked in the exam.


Practice Papers for The Crypt School 11 Plus Exam


The resources below will prove useful for children currently preparing for The Crypt 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+ The Crypt 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+ Crypt 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+ Comprehension (CEM) Pack 1

11+ Comprehension (CEM) Pack 2

These packs focus on multiple-choice comprehension, which will feature in the CEM 11+ Crypt 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)

This pack focuses on cloze questions that are used in almost all CEM 11+ exams. The pack covers three different variations, with 21 tests in total.


11+ Spelling Pack 1 (CEM)

11+ Spelling Pack 2 (CEM)

CEM 11+ exams, such as the 11 plus Crypt 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 The Crypt 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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