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Queen Mary’s Grammar School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

Walsall-based Queen Mary’s Grammar School was founded in 1554 and is a selective boys’ grammar. One of the oldest schools in the UK, it gained academy status in June 2011 and is a specialist Language College.

 

Rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, the school has received funds to build a new school wing and in recent years has completed projects including a new sports hall, swimming facilities and biology laboratories.

 

11 Plus Exam Information for Queen Mary’s Grammar School

 

Address: Queen Mary’s Grammar School, Sutton Road, Walsall WS1 2PG

County: West Midlands

Admissions Info: [email protected], 01922 720696

School Type: Boys’ Grammar

Number of pupils: 722 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 150

Open Day Dates: June and July

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: CEM (University of Durham)

 

Queen Mary’s Grammar School 11 Plus Admissions

 

Queen Mary’s Grammar School is part of the Consortium of Grammar Schools in Shropshire, Walsall and Wolverhampton, but the school itself administers the 11 Plus tests. Pupils must reach the required standard via an 11+ entrance exam to be considered for entry to Queen Mary’s, although achieving this standard does not automatically secure a place.

 

With 150 places available in Year 7, prospective pupils must achieve the qualifying score in the 11+ test to be considered. If the number of applications exceeds the number of places available, the school will apply the following oversubscription criteria, giving priority to:

 

  1. Looked after, or previously looked after, children who achieve the qualifying score
  2. Children eligible for the Pupil Premium who achieve the qualifying score (limited to 30 places)
  3. Other children who achieve the qualifying score until the admissions number is reached

 

Get further details about Queen Mary’s admissions process on the school’s website.

 

How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Queen Mary’s Grammar School

 

To apply for a Year 7 place at Queen Mary’s Grammar School, parents must first complete the Once boys have sat the test, parents must complete a Local Authority (LA) Preference form, listing Queen Mary’s as a choice.

 

If you do not list a preference for Queen Mary’s, your son will not be offered a place, no matter how successful he is in the entrance test.

 

Queen Mary’s Grammar School 11 Plus Exam Format

 

The Queen Mary’s Grammar School 11+ exam consists of two papers, each lasting approximately 45 minutes. The papers assess:

 

 

Some of the questions are multiple choice and the papers will be divided into smaller, individually-timed sections.

 

How to Prepare for the Queen Mary’s Grammar School 11 Plus Exam?

 

As experienced teachers and tutors, we know that the build-up to the 11 Plus can be an anxious time for both children and parents. But equally, we know that devising a good study plan and using the best practice papers will increase your child’s confidence and is more likely to result in a good 11+ performance.

 

All children benefit from regular exam practice sessions, whatever their natural attainment, so for the Queen Mary’s Grammar School 11 Plus test, it’s advisable to introduce practice exam papers into your son’s study early on. These papers allow pupils to get a better idea of the types of questions they can expect in the exam and also provide parents with a good indication of their child’s current abilities.

 

Practice Exam Papers for the Queen Mary’s Grammar School 11 Plus Exam

 

Practice exam papers are an excellent way of highlighting weaker skills or subjects, giving children more time to improve ahead of exam day.

 

At Exam Papers Plus, we have produced a whole range of 11+ practice papers suitable for those sitting CEM-style 11 Plus exams, such as the Queen Mary’s Grammar School assessment. We highly recommend the following:

 

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 for Queen Mary’s Grammar School.

 

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 Queen Mary’s Grammar School 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

11+ Comprehension (CEM) Pack 2

These packs focus on multiple-choice comprehension, which will feature in the Queen Mary’s Grammar School 11+ 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 test for Queen Mary’s Grammar School, 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 Mary’s Grammar 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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