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Urmston Grammar School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

Founded in 1929, Urmston Grammar School is a co-educational school located in Trafford, Greater Manchester. Before becoming an academy in 2010, Urmston Grammar was awarded High Performing Specialist School status in 2007 and then Language College status in 2008.

 

Rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, Urmston Grammar regularly features in the top five per cent of schools in the UK. The school’s primary aim is to provide its 900+ pupils with a well-rounded education, to allow them to play a positive role in society.

 

11 Plus Exam Information for Urmston Grammar School

 

Address: Urmston Grammar School, Newton Road, Urmston, Manchester M41 5UG

County: Greater Manchester (Trafford)

Admissions Info: [email protected], 0161 748 2875

School Type: Co-Educational Grammar

Number of pupils: 909 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 150

Open Day Date: June

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: CEM 11 Plus

 

Urmston Grammar School 11 Plus Admissions

 

Urmston Grammar is part of Trafford Grammar Schools CEM Consortium and is responsible for its own Year 7 admissions. All four schools within the Consortium use the same eleven plus test. Admission to Urmston Grammar is determined by pupil performance in this exam.

 

Urmston Grammar has 150 Year 7 places and actively encourages parents and children to attend its open day in June, ahead of applying to the school. At this event, parents can learn more about the school’s curriculum and whether it is the best learning environment for their child.

 

In recent years, Urmston Grammar has been significantly oversubscribed for Year 7 places. In such cases, the school uses the following oversubscription criteria, giving priority to:

 

  1. Looked after, or previously looked after, children
  2. The top 20 scoring candidates in rank order
  3. Pupils entitled to Pupil Premium (approximately 10 places)
  4. Children with parents working at the school for 8+ years in continuous service
  5. Children who live closest to the school (approximately 120 places)

 

For more information about Urmston Grammar’s admissions policy, please visit the school’s website.

 

How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Urmston Grammar School

 

To apply for a place at Urmston Grammar, parents must register their child for the school’s entrance examination. The online registration form is available on the school’s admissions page.

 

In addition to completing the registration form, parents also need to complete a Local Authority Common Preference Form. Urmston Grammar should be listed on the form in ranked order of preference.

 

Urmston Grammar School 11 Plus Exam Format

 

The eleven plus exam at Urmston Grammar consists of two test papers, covering:

Each paper lasts approximately one hour and contains a mix of multiple choice and standard format questions. There will be a short break between the two papers.

 

To be in with a chance of gaining a Year 7 place at the school, children need a qualifying score of 334. The results of the entrance exam are posted to parents or guardians in October, with official place offers sent out in early March.

 

How to Prepare for the Urmston Grammar School 11 Plus Exam?

 

As a starting point, our in-depth guide to studying for the 11 Plus exam covers all the essential information that students will need for creating a revision plan. We’ve also written specific posts about the individual tests, including:

 

 

When preparing for any exam, it’s always best to start early. We highly recommend using practice exam papers to get an initial overview of a child’s current abilities and to identify their strengths and weaknesses.

 

As a student’s studying progresses, we’d suggest using these practice tests to see how they are improving. Completing timed practice tests in the run-up to the real exam will get students used to answering questions under exam conditions.

 

The practice papers that we produce come complete with answers, enabling parents to accurately measure their child’s performance and track their improvements. We have several eleven plus practice papers that can help students prepare for entry to Urmston Grammar.

 

Practice Exam Papers for the Urmston Grammar School 11 Plus Exam

 

The resources below will prove useful for children currently preparing for the Urmston 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+ Urmston 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 CEM 11+ Urmston 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+ Urmston 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 Urmston 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 Urmston 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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