Warwick School 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Exam Information – Key Details



Warwick School is an independent day and boarding school for boys aged 7–18. It consists of a Junior School, Senior School and Sixth Form, all of which sit on a 50-acre campus on the River Avon in the county town of Warwick.


It is one of the oldest schools in England, with a history that can be traced back to 914. It has occupied its current site since 1879 and, in 2019, King’s High School will also move onto this site, bringing all of the Warwick Independent Schools Foundation schools (Warwick School, Warwick Preparatory School and King’s High School) together.


Facilities on the campus have undergone much development in recent years and the newest additions include a sports pavilion and all-weather sports pitches, purpose-built buildings for Science, Mathematics and English and Warwick Hall, a £7.5 million state-of-the art school hall.


In 2018, 94% of GCSE grades awarded to Warwick School students were A*–B (9–6), with 78% being in the top A*–A (9­–7) range. The school also has an excellent reputation for the arts, especially drama and music, and is striving to build on this to become a national centre for the arts by 2021.


Warwick School has a small number of boarding places available for students in Year 9 upwards (13+), which are mainly allocated to international students whose families are based abroad.


The school’s most recent Educational Quality Inspection was carried out by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) in March 2018, when it was found to be ‘excellent’ in all areas relating to the quality of pupils’ achievements and personal development.


11 Plus Exam Information for Warwick School


Address: Warwick School, Myton Road, Warwick, CV34 6PP

County: Warwickshire

Admissions info: admissions@warwickschool.org or 01926 776414

School Type: Boys’ independent day and boarding school

Number of Pupils: 1250 (approx.)

Open Day Date: Throughout Year

Exam Date: November of Year 6

Exam Type / Board: School’s own and CEM Select


Warwick School 11 Plus Admissions


Places at Warwick School are offered on the basis of a report from the candidate’s current school, an entrance exam and interview. The entrance exam, which takes place in November, consists of a maths test, English test and ability test.


All candidates are invited to an interview about two weeks after the entrance exam. For most this will be a general assessment interview with a senior member of staff. However, for those candidates who performed at an exceptionally high standard in the entrance exam, this may take the form of a scholarship interview. Candidates being considered for scholarships are also invited to spend a day at the school.


Warwick School publishes a Senior School Admissions Booklet and a document of frequently asked questions relating to their admissions process, both of which can be accessed via the school’s website.


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Warwick School


Warwick School holds different open events, on weekends and school days, so that prospective families can visit the school.  Details of forthcoming events are published on the school’s website along with an online open events registration form.


If parents would like to apply for a place for their son at Warwick School, they must complete an application form and return it to the admissions team at the school along with a non-refundable registration fee of £75 and a copy of their son’s birth certificate. The deadline for applications is at the end of October in the year preceding entry.


Scholarships and means-tested bursaries are available. All candidates sitting the Warwick School entrance exam are considered for Governor (Academic) Scholarships. Separate applications must be made for boys wishing to be considered for a music scholarship. The bursaries available include CV34 Awards, which are covered by funds ring-fenced for local students who live within the CV34 postcode.


Results are sent out within a month of the entrance exam, including offers of scholarships and bursaries.


For further information about admissions, applications and fee assistance, please contact the admissions team at Warwick School directly: admissions@warwickschool.org or 01926 776414.


Warwick School 11 Plus Exam Format


The 11+ entrance exam for Warwick School consists of the following tests:


  • Mathematics (1 hour): arithmetic and problem solving
  • English (1 hour): reading comprehension and essay writing
  • Ability (1 hour): verbal, numerical and non-verbal reasoning skills.


The maths test is based on the National Curriculum for Years 5 and 6 and features a range of different question types that become progressively more challenging. Calculators are not allowed.


The English paper will include questions that test comprehension (including inference and empathy), vocabulary, spelling, punctuation and grammar.


The ability test (CEM Select) is computer based and the questions are designed to assess ability and academic potential. The questions will include multiple-choice, drag and drop and complete the word formats.


Sample English and maths papers can be downloaded from the school’s website. Please note that the sample maths papers states that the test will last for 45 minutes, however, the Warwick School maths test is now 60 minutes long.


How to Prepare for the Warwick School 11 Plus Exam


One of the best ways of preparing for competitive entrance exams is to use practice papers. These help students to familiarise themselves with the format and question types they will encounter in the actual test in an efficient and effective manner. They also provide an excellent opportunity for students to practise working under time pressure.


Our practice papers, which are available for immediate download, print and use after purchase, offer excellent practice and preparation for the Warwick School entrance exam. They cover all the key skills and can be used to identify any weaker areas that require additional work ahead of the exam and to help build confidence.


Our 11+ practice papers are thoroughly researched and up to date. Every year, they are used successfully by tens of thousands of students targeting schools with a competitive entrance exam. They are designed to be age appropriate but challenging, to reflect the demands of such an exam.




To prepare for the Warwick School English paper, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers, which will help to improve comprehension and writing skills, including spelling and vocabulary:




11+ English Pack 1


11+ English Pack 2


11+ English Pack 3


11+ English Pack 4


11+ English Pack 5


11+ Inference Skills


11+ Complete Comprehension Guide


11+ Reading Workbook




11+ Complete Writing Guide


11+ Writing Prompts


11+ Spelling Pack 1


11+ Spelling Pack 2




To prepare for the maths written paper, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers:


11+ Mathematics Pack 1


11+ Mathematics Pack 2


11+ Mathematics Pack 3


11+ Mathematics Pack 4


11+ Problem Solving


11+ Mental Arithmetic




11+ Interviews – The Complete Guide



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Ability Test (CEM Select)


To prepare for the computer-based assessment, which is supplied by CEM (the Centre for Evaluating and Monitoring), we highly recommend using the following full practice and skill practice tests, which will familiarise students with the specific question formats that appear in such tests and provide focused practice to help develop the necessary skills:


Full Practice Tests


CEM Select Practice Test 1


CEM Select Practice Test 2


CEM Select Practice Test 3


CEM Select Practice Test 4


CEM Select Practice Test 5


Skill Practice


CEM Select – Missing Words



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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in Warwick School 11+ past papers. The information provided about Warwick 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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