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There are five fully selective grammar schools in the Warwickshire region. For 11 Plus exam admissions information for each specific school, please visit the pages below:
- Alcester Grammar School
- Lawrence Sheriff School
- King Edward VI School
- Rugby High School
- Stratford Girls’ Grammar School
11 Plus Exam Information for Warwickshire Grammar Schools
Registration Closing Date: July
Common Application Form (CAF) Closing Date: October
Exam Date: September
Exam Board Type: CEM (Cambridge Assessment)
Results Date: October
Pass Mark: Varies per school
Allocations Date: March
Appeals Hearings: April, May, June
Admissions Info: Warwickshire County Council, 01926 414143
Warwickshire Grammar Schools 11 Plus Admissions
All Year 7 places in Warwickshire grammar schools are allocated based on pupil performance in the 11+ exam. Parents are advised to attend their preferred schools’ open day(s), which usually take place in June, before applying for a place. At these events, parents can learn more about the admissions process and prospective pupils can take a tour of the school.
Year 7 admissions to Warwickshire grammar schools are coordinated by Warwickshire County Council and parents must register online ahead of their child’s 11+ exam date in September.
How to Register for the Warwickshire Grammar Schools 11 Plus Exam
Warwickshire County Council’s Admissions Service, known as Warwickshire Admissions, oversees 11 Plus entry to all grammar schools in the region. This service operates the same entrance test procedure as the Grammar Schools in the Birmingham Consortium. To apply for entry to a school in Year 7, parents must register their child for the entrance examination by completing the Common Application Form (CAF).
The deadline for registration is usually in July and the form needs to be handed in to the local authority. Please note that schools in the region will not consider late registrations in the first round of placements.
Warwickshire Grammar Schools 11 Plus Exam Format
The Warwickshire eleven plus exam consists of two papers that last approximately 45 minutes each. They contain a mix of standard format and multiple-choice questions and cover verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning and mathematics.
The verbal reasoning exam includes an English component, containing a comprehension and cloze test. The maths exam involves a numeracy section, which tests ability in mental arithmetic and problem-solving questions.
Practice Exam Papers for the Warwickshire Grammar Schools 11 Plus Exam
The resources below will prove useful for children currently preparing for the Warwickshire grammar schools eleven plus exam:
Mathematics (Numerical Reasoning) Section
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.
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+ Warwickshire exam.
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.
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+ Warwickshire exam.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These packs focus on multiple-choice comprehension, which will feature in the CEM 11+ Warwickshire exam. There are 15 comprehension tests included in each pack. Pack 1 focuses on classical fiction, Pack 2 focuses on non-fiction and Pack 3 focuses on poetry.
This pack focuses on improving inference skills via a series of creative and unusual exercises. Inference skills will be tested in the comprehension section of the CEM 11+ exam.
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.
CEM 11+ exams, such as the 11 plus Warwickshire 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
This pack covers the key question types that could come up in CEM 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning sections. In total, there are 180 questions split across 12 practice tests, using the format, layout and timings of the actual exam. This pack represents the most effective way to prepare for CEM Non-Verbal Reasoning.
Full Practice Tests
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 Warwickshire grammar schools was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the schools directly if you are unsure of anything. Contact details are provided within individual school posts.