Devon Grammar Schools 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

There are seven grammar schools in Devon, with three Local Authorities (LA) involved in admissions: Devon County Council, Plymouth and Torbay. Because there are several local authorities involved, 11 Plus admissions in Devon can seem quite confusing. We recommend reading these individual posts for specific schools to learn more about the eleven plus exams and general admissions process:

 

 

11 Plus Exam Information for Devon Grammar Schools

 

Registration Closing Date: August (Torbay LA), September (Devon LA and Plymouth LA)

Common Application Form (CAF) Closing Date: October

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: Devon and Torbay use CEM (Cambridge Assessment), Plymouth, uses GL Assessment

Results Date: October

Pass Mark: Not revealed

Allocations Date: March

Appeals Hearings: April, May, June

Admissions Info: Devon LA, 01752 307469 | Plymouth LA, 01752 668000 | Torbay LA, 01803 201201

 

Devon Grammar Schools 11 Plus Admissions

 

Application for admission to any Devon grammar school is made through the Local Authority directly. All prospective Year 7 pupils must take the 11 Plus exam in September before the year of entry.

 

Before applying for a place, parents and prospective students are encouraged to attend their preferred school’s open event, where they will receive more detailed information about the admissions process.

 

How to Register for the Devon Grammar Schools 11 Plus Exam

 

Registration forms for all grammar schools in Devon are available to download from each of the school’s own websites. You can register with the following LAs, depending on which schools you are applying for:

 

Devon County Council
Plymouth LA
Torbay Council

 

As parents could be applying to various schools across the county, they are advised to visit each school’s website and consult their admissions documents individually, as registration dates can vary from school to school.

 

Devon Grammar Schools 11 Plus Exam Format

 

As you might expect, 11+ tests at the region’s grammar schools vary. All seven schools set both English and mathematics papers, with schools in Devon and Torbay opting to assess verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning too. Devon and Torbay schools also include a short writing assessment.

 

Children should expect to answer a range of question types, including multiple-choice, short answer questions and even extended creative writing. Please refer to the individual school posts above for more detail on specific 11 Plus exam formats in the Devon grammar schools.

 

Practice Papers for the Devon Grammar Schools 11 Plus Exam

 

For pupils currently preparing for the Devon 11 Plus exam, we’d recommend the following resources:

 

For Devon and Torbay Grammar Schools:

 

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+ 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+ 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+ 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 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

11+ CEM Practice Test 3

11+ CEM Practice Test 4

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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For Plymouth Grammar Schools:

 

English

Full Practice Tests

Skill specific practice

 

Mathematics

Full Practice Tests

Skill specific practice

 

 

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The information provided about grammar schools in Devon 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.

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