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Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Penrith 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (QEGS) is a co-educational grammar located in Penrith, Cumbria. The school has academy status and teaches more than 800 pupils aged 11-18. Founded in 1564, QEGS moved from its original location in 1917 and remains Cumbria’s only grammar school.

 

Pupils can choose to participate in a variety of lunchtime and after school activities including sport, drama and even a French film club.

 

 

11 Plus Exam Information for Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Penrith

 

 

Address: Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Ullswater Road, Penrith CA11 7EG

County: Cumbria

Admissions Info: [email protected], 01768 864621

School Type: Co-Educational Grammar

Number of pupils: 833 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 120

Open Day Date(s): July and September

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: CEM

 

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Penrith 11 Plus Admissions

 

 

With 120 places available in Year 7, admission to QEGS is determined by pupil performance in the 11 Plus exam. Before parents apply for a place at the school, it is advised that they attend either the school’s open day in July or one of its school tours in September. Parents will receive information about the admissions process at these events.

 

In cases where there are more applicants than available places in Year 7, or when two or more applicants achieve the same test score, priority will be determined as follows:

 

  1. Children who are, or have previously been in, looked-after care
  2. Children eligible for the Pupil Premium or Service Premium
  3. Children resident within or attending state schools within the catchment area
  4. Scores in the verbal reasoning parts of the entrance test
  5. Scores in the non-verbal reasoning parts of the entrance test

 

For more information about the QEGS admissions policy, visit their website or call 01768 864621.

 

How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Penrith

 

 

To register your child to sit the QEGS entrance test, parents and guardians must complete the school’s application form, which can be downloaded here. To make a valid application, parents must also complete the Local Authority’s SA3 form, which can be done online. If this second form isn’t completed in time for the test date, children will be unable to sit the entrance exam.

 

Any late applications will be considered after an initial round of waiting list places have been allocated.

 

 

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Penrith 11 Plus Exam Format

 

 

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School’s 11+ test assesses Verbal, Non-Verbal and Numerical Skills.

 

The tests are in the CEM format covering KS2 topics. It’s worth noting that the CEM definition of Verbal Reasoning covers topics that are traditionally defined under English, such as Comprehension and Close. Take a look at our preparation recommendations below.

 

 

How to Prepare for the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Penrith 11 Plus Exam?

 

 

With QEGS being the only grammar school in the entire county of Cumbria, it’s inevitable that there will be some competition for Year 7 places. Improve your child’s chances of success in the QEGS 11 Plus exam by being organised from the start. Read our 11 Plus guide for parents to get a helpful overview of the exam.

 

If your child has already started their 11 Plus revision and you’ve noticed some regular mistakes or specific knowledge gaps, add practice test papers into their learning sessions. Not only will practice papers familiarise your child with the layout of the exam but will also help to improve their time management.

 

Practice Exam Papers for the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Penrith 11 Plus Exam

 

For the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Penrith 11+ exam, we would specifically recommend the following practice papers:

 

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+ Queen Elizabeth 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+ Queen Elizabeth 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)

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+ Queen Elizabeth 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 Queen Elizabeth 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 Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Penrith 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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