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Wirral Grammar School for Boys 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

Founded in 1931, Wirral Grammar School for Boys is a selective grammar for students aged 11-18. Situated on a campus spread across nine acres in Bebington, the school has academy status and teaches in excess of 1,000 pupils.

 

While the school’s primary focus is to provide a strong academic grounding to its pupils, it does offer a diverse extracurricular programme outside of the classroom. Activities include student radio, an enterprise programme and charitable fundraising.

 

11 Plus Exam Information for Wirral Grammar School for Boys

 

Address: Cross Ln, Birkenhead, Bebington, Wirral, CH63 3AQ

County: Merseyside

Admissions Info: [email protected], 0151 644 0908

School Type: Boys’ Grammar

Number of pupils: 1,077 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 155

Open Day Date: Throughout the academic year

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: CEM (University of Durham)

 

Wirral Grammar School for Boys 11 Plus Admissions

 

Prospective pupils living on the Wirral and in the surrounding county of Cheshire can apply for a Year 7 place at Wirral Grammar School for Boys.

 

With 155 places available, admission is based on student performance in the 11 Plus exam. Children who attend primary school on the Wirral can take the entrance test at their school, while pupils who live outside of the county can take the test at one of the Wirral’s four selective schools.

 

The school has reported over eight applications for each Year 7 place, so in the event of oversubscription, the school will apply the following criteria, giving priority to:

 

  • Looked after, or previously looked after, boys
  • Boys with a valid medical reason, supported by a doctor’s letter
  • Boys eligible for Free School Meals (up to 15 places)
  • Boys who have a brother at the school at the time of application
  • Shortest distance from a boy’s permanent residence to the school

 

For more information about Wirral Grammar School for Boys’ admissions procedure at Year 7, refer to the school’s website directly.

 

How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Wirral Grammar School for Boys

 

Wirral County Council administers the 11 Plus test for all four Wirral-based selective schools. This Local Authority (LA) recommends that parents apply for a Year 7 grammar place online, via its admissions form. Pupils living on the Wirral should apply directly to this LA, while those living in Cheshire should apply directly to Cheshire LA.

 

Parents will receive test results in October and Year 7 places will be allocated in March the following year.

 

Wirral Grammar School for Boys 11 Plus Exam Format

 

Pupils sitting the 11 Plus test for Wirral Grammar School for Boys will be tested on:

 

 

Boys will sit two tests, each lasting approximately 50 minutes. The tests will contain a mixture of multiple choice and standard format questions. Test results are fully age-standardised to ensure that no pupil has an advantage based on their age.

 

How to Prepare for the Wirral Grammar School for Boys 11 Plus Exam?

 

Eleven plus exam dates are set well in advance, giving students plenty of time to prepare for the tests. The sooner students start studying for the tests, the more time they will have to improve their overall performance.

 

Before students begin their revision, we’d recommend that parents read our 11 Plus guide for parents.

 

Competition for Year 7 places at Wirral Grammar for Boys is strong, so we recommend that students use practice exam papers as part of their general study routine. These papers allow children to get a better idea of the 11+ exam layout and the types of questions they may be asked on the day. They also help parents identify any weaker areas that may need improving.

 

Practice Exam Papers for the Wirral Grammar School for Boys 11 Plus Exam

 

For those sitting the Wirral Boys grammar school eleven plus exam, we recommend the following resources:

 

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+ Wirral Boys 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+ Wirral Boys 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+ Wirral Boys 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 Wirral Boys 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 Wirral Grammar School for Boys 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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