Marling School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

Located in the Gloucestershire market town of Stroud, Marling School is a boys-only grammar for pupils aged 11-18. Founded in 1887, Marling School became an academy in 2011. Over 800 boys are educated at the school and given the opportunity to participate in a range of extracurricular activities to support their personal development.


The school has a reputation for encouraging pupils with musical ability. To learn more about Marling’s music department, watch this video showcasing its 2017 music competition:



11 Plus Exam Information for Marling School



Address: Marling School, Cainscross Road, Stroud GL5 4HE

County: Gloucestershire

Admissions Info: admissions@marling.gloucs.sch.uk, 01453 762251

School Type: Boys’ Grammar

Number of pupils: 846 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 150

Open Day Date: October/April/June

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: CEM (Gloucestershire)

Marling School 11 Plus Admissions



Your son must reach the required standard in the 11 Plus exam to be in with a chance of gaining one of Marling School’s 150 Year 7 places. All of Marling’s admissions are coordinated by Gloucestershire County Council. Parents who wish their son to sit the 11+ test must complete the Gloucestershire Grammar Test Registration Form, which can be found on the school’s website, when registration is open.


Marling has an average of three applications for every place at Year 7, so in the event of oversubscription, the school will give priority to looked after, or previously looked after children who achieve the required standard. Should there be any ties for places, the admissions authority allocates places at random.


To find out more about Marling School’s admissions process, please visit the school’s website.



How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Marling School



Marling School is one of seven grammar schools in Gloucestershire that use the same 11 Plus test from the Centre of Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM). For your son to be considered for a place at Marling School, you must complete a Common Application Form (CAF) online via the Local Authority and a test registration form, which is available online via the school website. Marling must be stated as one of your preferred school choices on the CAF in order to be considered.


Parents will receive results in October and if your son meets the qualifying standard at 11+, you can apply for a Year 7 place at Marling School.


Marling School 11 Plus Exam Format



Since 2013, Marling School has used the CEM 11 Plus exam by the University of Durham. The test consists of two multiple-choice papers that cover the following subjects:


  • Verbal Reasoning (including English)
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • Numerical Reasoning (Maths)


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



How to Prepare for the Marling School 11 Plus Exam?



If your son is worried about sitting his 11 Plus exam, the best way to help him is to prepare a thorough revision timetable. For your son to have the best chance of securing one of Marling School’s 150 Year 7 places, he must invest time into studying for the tests. Keep him motivated with fun revision games to suit his preferred style of learning and he’ll soon adapt to any additional revision that’s required.


Practice exam papers are an effective revision technique for the Marling School 11 Plus. The earlier you start with practice papers, the sooner you will be aware of any weaker subject areas. The papers will not only familiarise your son with the layout of the exam but will help to improve his time management skills.


Practice Papers for the Marling School 11 Plus Exam


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