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Kendrick School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

Kendrick School is a selective girls’ grammar school located in Berkshire, Reading. Open to over 700 girls aged 11-18, Kendrick became an academy in 2011. A specialist school in Languages, Mathematics and Science, the school has been awarded ‘Outstanding’ in its last four Ofsted inspections.

Offering a broad curriculum, Kendrick School combines traditional and modern learning approaches to ensure its girls are fully prepared for any challenges they might face when they leave the school.

 

For an insight into life at Kendrick School watch this student-shot video, showcasing a ‘day in the life’ of a Kendrick girl:

 

 

11 Plus Exam Information for Kendrick School

 

 

Address: Kendrick Grammar School, London Road, Reading RG1 5BN

County: Berkshire

Admissions Info: [email protected], 0118 9015859

School Type: Girls’ Grammar

Number of pupils: 709 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 95-100

Open Day Date: April

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: CEM (University of Durham)

 

 

Kendrick School 11 Plus Admissions

 

 

Admission to Kendrick School in Year 7 is determined by pupil performance in the 11 Plus exam. If you are considering Kendrick as an option for your daughter, you are advised to attend an open event, where you can find out more about the admissions process. Kendrick School is one of a number of grammar schools in the Berkshire area that uses the same 11 plus entrance exam set by CEM (The Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring) by University of Durham.

 

Kendrick School is usually oversubscribed for Year 7 places, in which case, the school applies the following oversubscription criteria, in order of priority:

 

  1. Children who are, or have previously been, looked after.
  2. The permanent home address of the student is within the designated area of the school and the applicant is a Pupil Premium or Service Premium child.
  3. The permanent home address of the student is within the designated area of the school and this home address is the address of the parent(s)/carer(s) and the applicant.
  4. Students whose home address is not in the designated area of the school.

 

For more details about Kendrick School’s admission criteria, please visit the website.

 

How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Kendrick School

 

 

To register interest for a Year 7 place at Kendrick School, parents must first complete their Local Authority’s (LA) Common Application Form (CAF). To register for the 11+ admissions test itself, parents need to complete a separate application directly with the school. The registration form can be completed online when applications are open. Parents should note that late applications will not be accepted, although the school will consider exceptional circumstances if supportive evidence is provided.

 

 

Kendrick School 11 Plus Exam Format

 

 

The Kendrick School 11 Plus exam consists of two individual papers, each lasting 50 minutes. The papers are made up of mixed questions and are mainly multiple-choice, covering:

 

 

Parents will receive results of their child’s 11+ exam in October, before the deadline for the submission of the CAF.

 

How to Prepare for the Kendrick School 11 Plus Exam?

 

 

If Kendrick School is your child’s first choice, they might feel undue pressure to perform well in the 11+ exam. However, by learning how to study for the 11 Plus exam, your daughter should be able to approach the exam with confidence.

 

At Year 6, most children can only maintain their concentration for half an hour at a time, so approach 11+ revision sessions realistically. After a day at school, revision is likely to be the last thing on your daughter’s mind, so split study sessions into short, manageable blocks.

 

Kendrick School’s 11 Plus exam places a large emphasis on reasoning; if your daughter struggles with this skill (and many children do), read the following articles on how to improve her performance:

 

 

If your daughter encounters problems with time management, introduce practice exam papers into her study routine. Not only will they give her a better idea of how quickly questions should be answered in the allotted time, you will also be able to monitor your child’s progress closely, as immediate feedback is provided for each paper.

 

Practice Papers for the Kendrick School 11 Plus Exam

 

The resources below will prove useful for children currently preparing for the Kendrick 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+ Kendrick 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+ Kendrick 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+ Kendrick 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 Kendrick 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 Kendrick 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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