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Rugby High School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

Founded in 1903, Rugby High School is a selective girls’ grammar based in Bilton, Warwickshire. Boys are, however, accepted into the Sixth Form. Almost 800 students are split across four houses and participate in inter-house sports, music and charitable activities throughout the school year.

 

While offering a challenging academic curriculum, Rugby High School also places significant importance on preparing its girls for life after school, offering them a wide range of extracurricular activities and encouraging them to develop their social skills from Year 7.

 

For a look at pupils’ daily life at Rugby High School, watch this pupil-filmed video:

 

 

11 Plus Exam Information for Rugby High School

 

Address: Rugby High School, Longrood Road, Rugby CV22 7RE

County: Warwickshire

Admissions Info: [email protected], 01788 810518

School Type: Girls’ Grammar

Number of pupils: 800 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 120

Open Day Date: June

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: Warwickshire CEM 11 Plus (University of Durham)

 

Rugby High School 11 Plus Admissions

 

The 120 Year 7 places at Rugby High School will be allocated based on pupil performance in the 11+ exam. Parents are advised to attend the school’s open day in June before applying for a place. At the event, you will be able to ask questions about the admissions process and prospective pupils can learn more about the school and its learning environment.

 

In recent years, Rugby High School has been heavily oversubscribed for Year 7 places, so should there be more applications than available spots, the school will apply its oversubscription criteria until all places are filled.

 

How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Rugby High School

 

The admissions service at Warwickshire County Council coordinates Year 7 entry to Rugby High School. This service operates the same entrance test procedure as The Grammar Schools in Birmingham Consortium.

 

To apply for entry to the school, parents must register their daughter for the school’s entrance examination by completing the Common Application Form (CAF). The school’s admissions policy states that late 11 Plus registrations will not be considered in the first round of offers.

 

Parents will be notified by post of their child’s 11+ score by mid-October, with the first round of place allocations available from the beginning of March.

 

Rugby High School 11 Plus Exam Format

 

The Rugby High School 11 Plus exam consists of two papers that last for 45 minutes each. They contain a mix of standard format and multiple choice questions, covering the following subjects:

 

  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • Mathematics

 

The Verbal Reasoning exam includes an English component, which involves a comprehension and cloze test. The maths exam involves a numeracy test, which tests for ability in mental arithmetic and problem-solving questions.

 

How to Prepare for the Rugby High School 11 Plus Exam?

 

Your daughter should be prepared to work through a dedicated revision plan on top of her usual school work in the run-up to the 11 Plus exam. Just 20-30 minutes extra revision every day can help her prepare for the test.

 

The Rugby High School 11+ requires your daughter to have a good knowledge across a range of subjects, so it’s a good idea to work out where her knowledge gaps lie. Practice exam papers can accurately measure her performance and track her improvements in the lead-up to the tests.

 

If your daughter is preparing for the Rugby High School entrance exam, we have several 11 Plus practice papers that can help:

 

 

Practice Exam Papers for the Rugby High School 11 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+ Rugby High 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+ Rugby High 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+ 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+ Rugby High 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) 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 Rugby High 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 Rugby High 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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