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Torquay Girls’ Grammar School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

Founded in 1915, Torquay Girls’ Grammar School is a selective grammar that teaches over 800 girls, aged 11-18. In 2011, the school gained academy status, having previously been one of the first UK schools to achieve specialist status in humanities. The school consistently reports excellent exam results and is often placed in the top 20 state schools in the UK.

 

Alongside a packed curriculum, pupils are given the opportunity to participate in a broad extracurricular programme, which includes drama, dance and orienteering.

 

For an insight into life at Torquay Girls’, watch this short promotional video:

 

 

11 Plus Exam Information for Torquay Girls’ Grammar School

 

Address: Torquay Girls’ Grammar School, 30 Shiphay Lane, Torquay TQ2 7DY

County: Devon

Admissions Info: [email protected], 01803 613215

School Type: Girls’ Grammar

Number of pupils: 858 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 150

Open Day Dates: June and September

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: CEM (University of Durham)

 

Torquay Girls’ Grammar School 11 Plus Admissions

 

Admission to Torquay Girls’ Grammar School is made through Torbay Council and all prospective Year 7 pupils must take the 11 Plus exam in the September before the year of entry.

 

As competition for Year 7 entry is high, the school is often oversubscribed. In such cases, the following oversubscription criteria are used, giving priority to:

 

  1. Children in care or adopted children
  2. Children eligible for the Pupil Premium at the time of the test
  3. Children of staff working at the school at the time of the test
  4. A girl with a sister at the school
  5. By direct line distance from home to the school at the time of application

 

You can find more details about Torquay Girl’s admissions process via the school’s website.

 

How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Torquay Girls’ Grammar School

 

 

To secure one of the 150 Year 7 places available at Torquay Girls’ Grammar, parents need to download the registration form from the school website.

 

Girls will sit the 11 Plus tests in September and parents will receive the results in mid-October. Places will be officially allocated in early March.

 

Torquay Girls’ Grammar School 11 Plus Exam Format

 

Torquay Girls’ Grammar School exam consists of two CEM test papers and one English writing test.

 

Girls will be tested on:

 

  • Verbal reasoning
  • Numerical reasoning (maths)
  • Non-verbal reasoning

 

There will be two papers, each lasting approximately 45-50 minutes.

 

The English writing test will be set by Torquay Girls’ Grammar School in collaboration with the other Torbay grammar schools and it will be marked internally.

 

How to Prepare for the Torquay Girls’ Grammar School 11 Plus Exam?

 

Preparing for the 11 Plus can sometimes feel overwhelming. However, with a carefully thought-out revision plan that focuses on studying ‘little and often’, students should find the process easily manageable.

 

Once a revision routine has been established, parents should start introducing practice exam papers into their daughter’s studying. Practice papers can help familiarise students with the layout of the exam and get them used to answering the types of questions they may be asked on the day.

 

To give your child the best chance of securing a Year 7 place at Torquay Girls’ Grammar School, we would recommend the following eleven plus practice tests:

 

Practice Exam Papers for the Torquay Girls’ Grammar School 11 Plus Exam

 

The resources below will prove useful for children currently preparing for the Torquay Girls’ Grammar 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+ Torquay 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+ Torquay 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+ Torquay 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 Torquay 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 Torquay Girls’ 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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