CEM 11 Plus

Birmingham 11+  -  Children's Educational Material 11+ TM

The Birmingham 11+ exams are for entrance in to eight grammar schools which are not just concerned with academic excellence. Each school offers a wide range of extra curricular activities and pupils have opportunities to participate at all levels in sport, music and drama in addition to their academic education and have no catchment areas. The schools do not believe all children are equal and heavily discriminate against children who have not had free school meals at any point in the last 6 years.  They offer pupil premium qualified children much lower scores to gain entry. This means two children living next door to each other, attending the same primary school for six years, in the same class, could be subject to different qualifying scores. A child scoring a high mark may be denied a place and offered to a child that scores much less. Explain this to an innocent child, "Sorry your parents earn too much".  This blatant discrimination provides higher funding to the schools.

Birmingham and Warwickshire share the same test. The schools use tests from CEM Centre for Evaluation & Monitoring.® CEM® Centre 11+ tests  are not tutor-proof and are one of the easiest to prepare for. Complete solutions are available using WordBuilder.co.uk and CoolCleverKids.co.uk.

2019 Year 7 Entry for Birmingham Grammar Schools

Registration 8th May 2018 to 4pn 28th June 2018
Test Dates Saturday 8th September, 2018.
Sunday 9th September, 2017 for followers of the Jewish and Seven Heavens faiths (who object to Saturday testing),
Results 15th October 2018
Test Supplier CEM Centre for Evaluation & Monitoring®, Durham  (CEM ®):  CEM 11+ ®
Weighting is 50% for verbal ability, 25% for numerical ability 25% for non-verbal ability.

Each paper is approximately 50 minutes in duration and will be divided into timed sections, and instructions will be given on an audio soundtrack. Most questions are multiple choice and all answers are marked on a separate machine-readable answer sheet. There will be a short break between the two test papers.

Grammar Schools  (King Edward VI Foundation and others)

Birmingham Grammar School PAN (Year 7)
King Edward VI Camp Hill School (boys) 120
King Edward VI Aston (boys) 140
Bishop Vesey's Grammar (boys) 128
Handsworth Grammar School (boys) 150
King Edward VI Five Ways (mixed) 180
King Edward VI Camp Hill School (girls) 150
Sutton Coldfield Grammar School (girls) 180
King Edward VI Handsworth (girls) 160

The 6 Warwickshire Grammar Schools will share the Birmingham Consortium test.

Click here for 2019 entry CEM 11+ ® test dates

11+ Preparation

Areas tested include English (Vocabulary: synonyms & antonyms; Comprehension; Cloze passages/text; Jumbled sentences); Mathematics including data processing, and Non-verbal reasoning.

There is no evidence any 11+ tests are tutor proof, nor tuition and preparation does not confer an advantage – the opposite is true.

Recommended Preparation Material.

1. English and Verbal Reasoning is covered at WordBuilder.co.uk

  PDF downloads from the shop at: Birmingham11plus.co.uk or 11plus.eu



a. Ultimate Verbal Reasoning. 1,800 questions.


b. Common Synonyms and Antonyms for 11+ & KS2 Sats (over 1,000 entries).


c. Common Words With Multiple Meanings for 11+ & KS2 Sats (350 entries).


d. Common Misspelled Words at Year 6 - KS2 & 11+ (over 250 words).


2. Maths is covered at CoolCleverKids.co.uk

PDF downloads from the shop at: Birmingham11plus.co.uk or 11plus.eu

Lesson Notes


a: Ratio and Proportion Unit Method (Lesson Notes).


b: Percentages (simple percentages) Lesson Notes.


c: Percentage Multipliers Lesson Notes.


d: Rules for Multiples of Numbers (Lesson Notes).


3. NVR (Non-verbal Reasoning) is covered at CoolCleverKids.co.uk

Non-verbal Reasoning (NVR) Booklet


Ultimate NVR: over 30 different types of NVR familiarisation questions.


4. Mock Tests: Use Mocks in the Shop at: Birmingham11plus.co.uk or 11plus.eu

Mock Test


1. 11+ Progress Mock Pack 1. MF Test A & B. (Use as first test during Year 5).


2. 11+ Progress Mock Pack 2. MF Test A & B. (Use as second test during Year 5).


3. 11+ Progress Mock Pack 3. MF Test A & B. (Use as third test during Year 5).


4. 11+ Practice Mock Test Pack 1. MF Test A & B. Multi-format (MF).


5. 11+ Practice Mock Test Pack 2. MF Test A & B. Multi-format (MF).


6. 11+ Practice Mock Test Pack 3. MF Test A & B. Similar to SWW 2 Jul 13.


7. 11+ Practice Mock Test Pack 4. MF Test A & B. Multi-format (MF). 


2017 Admissions Unlawful Conduct

We believe the King Edward VI Aston School has unlawfully offered 5 extra places to low scoring, less deserving, pupil premium qualified children, in 2017. Their admissions policy stated a maximum of 30 pupil premium places would be offered.

The school increased their PAN to 140, but their admissions policy did not allow allow an extra 5 places to be awarded to pupil premium children.

The Head and Governors knew this and were informed. They refused to back track and refused to abide by the law and British values of honesty and integrity.

Any child who was not offered a place should appeal and and parents should sue the governors for misfeasence in public office.

Yet again, the dishonesty of the King Edward Foundation is exposed. They should be ashamed of themselves.
Tuition Culture & Pupil Premium Discrimination

There is a huge culture of preparation and tuition in Birmingham. Like most tests, those who prepare may significantly improve their chances of success. Not only does the King Edward VI Foundation allow pupil premium children lower marks for admission, it effectively provides free tuition to this group under the guise of an out reach programme. Some people argue this is effectively organised cheating with schools receiving greater funding.

The Foundation refuses to publish the material these children are provided with and allows people who have seen past tests (which are not released) to “tutor” this group. They go further and claim tuition is not required, yet the test is the easiest to prepare for and it does not require the use of tutors.

Online systems are a low cost solution with WordBuilder and CoolCleverKids providing a total solution coupled with mock tests from the shop.
CEM Centre for Evaluation
& Monitoring® CEM 11+ ® Tests
  • No official practice papers available
  • Buckinghamshire children sit a free familiarisation paper.
  • Instructions played via CD
  • Most tests comprise of two 50 minutes tests answered in a separate answer sheet
  • Mixture of multiple choice and marking a number on answer sheets
  • Similar tests to GL Assessments®
  • Prepare using WordBuilder & CoolCleverKids
  • Practice mock papers from the shop
GL Assessments®
(NFER®) 11+ Selection Tests
  • Practice papers available in the old format
  • Kent County Council provides a long familiarisation paper
  • Multiple choice format.
  • No claim that children do not need to prepare or practice or claim test is tutor-proof
  • Similar to tests from CEM Centre for Evaluation & Monitoring®
  • Prepare using WordBuilder & CoolCleverKids
  • Practice mock papers from the shop
11+ Children's Educational
Material Recommendation

English and Verbal Reasoning:

Maths &
Non-verbal Reasoning (NVR):


11+ Practice Papers from
Children’s Educational Material for the 11+
are available from the shop.
Word lists, lesson notes and `Ultimate NVR` questions are available from the shop.

Free material on this website.

11+ Tourism: Free Mock Tests

Under the Greenwich ruling all children, of the appropriate age, have a legal right to take any 11+ exam set by any authority and cannot be denied the opportunity to sit an exam solely on the basis of their address.

The Office of the School Adjudicator (OSA) confirmed the right to use tests as free mocks and the right to take tests late. A Head Teacher of a grammar school has confirmed in writing: `Legally I cannot stop you entering your child for our test.'  Late testing is also a legal right.

Many regions do not have catchment areas. Taking 11+ exams outside home catchments does not prejudice the balance and fairness of the testing, as tests are different. To make such a claim would imply a defunct testing process.

Note: Taking a "free mock" will cost the school money. But one would expect financially astute schools to consider the financial implications of setting an early test date. Common sense dictates an earlier test is likely to be used as a "free mock" and this has been well known to occur for many years. . The University of Durham® object to this strategy when it is a legal right. We cannot image why, as if the test is resistant to prepping, what difference would free mocks make? We believe there is no evidence that any 11+ test is resistant to prepping and practise will simply improve performance.

11+ Past Scores

Qualifying Marks and PAN

2017 entry Aston increased PAN by 20 and unlawfully offered 5 extra Pupil Premium places instead of the highest scores. If your child scored between 221 and 208 and was not offered a place, appeal or initiate action.

2015 entry  (101 pupils displaced by lower scoring Pupil Premium Children).

Past Scores  (King Edward VI Foundation and others)

Birmingham Grammar School PAN
King Edward VI Camp Hill School (boys) 120 94 242
24 PP


204 234 232
King Edward VI Aston (boys) 140

104 220
35 PP
220 216 215
Bishop Vesey's Grammar (boys) 128 124 222
219 219 217
217 212 211
Handsworth Grammar School (boys) 150 150 208 208 207 207 203 216 N/A N/A
King Edward VI Five Ways (mixed) 180 150 232
36 PP
227 225 227
King Edward VI Camp Hill School (girls) 150 120 236

30 PP

229 225 222
Sutton Coldfield Grammar School (girls) 180 150 218 217 215 215 211
215 210 207
King Edward VI Handsworth (girls) 160 128 224
27 PP
216 215 211

PAN = The published admission number.
* Handsworth Grammar School for boys have just joined the Birmingham Consortium and in previous years held a different test.

The figures are the scores on offer day.

Qualifying score shown is the lowest offer made. Some children with this score may not have been offered as multiple children had the same score.

Up to 25% of places for King Edward foundation schools will be reserved for pupil premium children who obtain a lower score than the automatic qualifying score. This is effectively a two tier 11+ scoring system. One for pupil premium and looked after children and one for everyone else and constitutes discrimination against innocent children who have no control on how much their parents earn.

What happens in Birmingham on 11+ Testing day?

On the test day parents can take their children inside school grounds. The children are taken in and settled in by staff and pupils. Parents collect children within school grounds.


Parents are provided with two standardised scores, one for Verbal Reasoning, and one for Non-verbal Reasoning and Maths, which are added together to provide a final age standardised score. The past minimum scores initially required for entry in to each school for the previous two years are provided. In 2012 the age-standardised scores achieved by candidates ranged between 122 and 285. The average age-standardised score of all the test candidates was 200. For 2014 entry, the age standardised scores achieved by candidates ranged between 124-291 and the average age standardised score for all candidates was 200.


The Birmingham 11+ is a highly selective exam, there are no catchment areas and the highest scores win places. Competition is intense, but it pays to qualify for pupil premium as qualified children are provided priority even though their scores can be much lower. They are also effectively tutored free of charge under the guise of an out reach programme, which can include people who have seen past tests (which are not released).

There is a huge tuition culture within the area with parents using private tutors charging between £25 an £50 an hour, as well as group tuition centres, and many use online tuition solutions. Many of these organisations have recreated past 11+ questions by questioning past candidates directly after the tests. These questions are used to prepare children.

Many children start preparation in year 4. Primary school standards vary and many children receive no homework. It is not uncommon for some children to be preparing for up to 2 hours a night during year 5. Preparation is key to success and in maths many questions are far beyond what many children in year 5 have covered and more difficult than Sats level 3-5 papers.

Past papers are not released, but sample questions are available.

2013 issues

Unlawful action by Lawrence Sheriff School in Rugby had a knock on effect to children in Birmingham grammar schools.

Due to the unlawful withdrawal of  a place at Lawrence Sheriff School and and refusal to offer an appeal to an Asian child, the child moved straight to the top of most grammar schools in Birmingham and was offered a place at Bishop Vessey, denying a place to another child. The place was released 3 days after the first term when the child was offered a place at K.E.S. in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

11+ Exam Dates around England

Gloucestershire Consortium; London Borough of Redbridge; Reading & Slough Consortium;
Chelmsford County High School (CCHS); Heckmondwike School; The Latymer School.

and the Trafford Consortium

2019 Entry

Test Date: Saturday 15th September, 2018

Registration Dates: 30th April 2018 to 18th June 2018

Gloucestershire 11+         
High School for Girls; Marling School; Pate`s Grammar School; Ribston Hall High School; Stroud High School; The Crypt School
Slough Consortium 11+
Herschel Grammar School; Langley Grammar School; St Bernard`s Convent School, and Upton Court Grammar School
Reading Consortium 11+
Kendrick School and Reading School
London Borough of Redbridge 11+
Ilford County High School; Woodford County High School
Other Individual Schools
Chelsmford County High  School for Girls   (CCHS)

BHP Consortium
Heckmondwike Grammar School, Backup & Rawtenstall Grammar & Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith

Trafford Consortium 
(Compromised test - questions known from above)
Test Date 17th September, 2018

Altrinham Grammar School, Sale Grammar School, Stetford Grammar School & Urmston Grammar School
 Register by 26th June, 2017 12 noon

  Always tick the box to share results with all regions


1st Sep 2018 Dame Owen`s School
4th Sep 2018 Henrietta Barnet School
8th Sep 2018 Kent Shepway Grammar Schools
9th Sep 2018 Warwickshire Schools

12th Sep 2018 Bexley

The Henrietta Barnet School


2019 Entry

Register from April 2018 to Monday 5pm 16th July, 2018 

A two round testing process

Round 1:  Verbal & Numerical Reasoning
4th September, 2018 (am and pm)


Supplementary Test 10th September, 2018

Round 2: English & Mathematics October 2018 (TBC)



1st Sep, 2018 Dame Alice Owen School
If taking supplementary test:
8th September 2018 Kent Shepway
8th/9th Sep 2018: Warwickshire 11+

Dame Alice Owen's School  1st September 2018


South West Herts 11+ Consortium  (SWHC) 8th September, 2018

2019 Entry

South West Herts Consortium Schools
Bushey Meads School
Parmiter`s School
Queen School
Rickmansworth School
St Clement`s Dane`s School
Watford Grammar School for Boys
Watford Grammar School for Girls.

This is a compromised test as content will be known on 1st Sep 2018 from Dame Alice Owen`s School

FREE MOCKSfor South West Herts Consortium
4th Sep 2018 The Henrietta Barnet School: (girls)

Kent Grammar Schools

2019 Entry

Test Date 8th September, 2018

Dover Grammar School
Folkstone Grammar School 
Harvey Grammar School
Mayfield Grammar School


1st Sep 2018 Dame Alice Owen`s School
4th Sep 2017 The Henrietta Barnet School

Note many Kent schools use tests from GL Assessment ®


Birmingham Consortium 11+  &
Warwickshire Consortium 11+

2019 Entry

Test Date: Saturday 8th Sept, 2018.  Supplementary Date: Sun 9th Sept 18
 (for Jewish & Seven Heavens faiths who object to Saturday testing and those unable to sit on the first date).

Additional Dates for Warwickshire: 18th Sept, 2018, 
Jan 2019

Grammar Schools In Birmingham

Bishop Vesey`s Grammar School;  Handsworth Grammar School; King Edward VI Aston School; King Edward VI Camp Hill Boys School; King Edward VI Camp Hill Girl`s School; King Edward VI Five Ways School;  King Edward VI Handsworth School and Sutton Coldfield Girl`s School    
Warwickshire Grammar Schools

Alcester Grammar School ; King Edward VI Camp Grammar School; Stratford-Upon-Avon Grammar School for Girls; Lawrence Sheriff School; Rugby High School; Ashlawn Selective School (bilateral school) *

* Has a separate Modern Foreign Language Test. MFL test is not an 11+ test, but a route in to the grammar stream.

Registration: 30th April 2018 to 22nd June 2018
Results: 17th October, 2018
Always tick the box to share results with both regions.


1st Sep 2018 Dame Alice Owen`s School
4th Sep 2018 Henrietta Barnet School
8th Sep 2018 Kent Shepway Test


London Borough of Bexley 11+

2019 Entry

Test Date: Tuesday 11th September, 2018 morning & afternoon for non-Bexley primary school children

Wednesday, 12th September, 2018 morning for Bexley primary school children

Registration Dates: 1st May 2018 to 8th July 2018

Beths Grammar School
Bexley Grammar School
Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School
Townley Grammar School

1st Sep 2018 Dame Alice Owen`s School
4th Sep 2018 The Henrietta Barnet School
8th Sep 2018 Kent 11+
8th or 9th Sep 2018: Warwickshire 11+ (9th supplementary date)
11th Sept 2018 Wirral 11+


Buckinghamshire Transfer Test (Bucks 11+)

2019 Entry  is a GL Assessment Test

Registration: 3pm, 1st May 2018 to 3pm, 2nd June 2018
(for children outside Bucks. Bucks children do not need to register)
Preparation Test: Tuesday 11th September, 2018

Transfer Test Date: 13th September, 2018

Results: 12th October, 2018

Aylesbury Grammar School; Aylesbury High School; Beconsfield High School; Burham Grammar School; Dr Challoner`s Grammar School; Dr Challoner`s High School; Chesham Grammar School ; John Hampden Grammar School; Royal Grammar School; Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School;
Sir William Borlase`s Grammar; The Royal Latin School & Wycombe High School

Bucks have now moved back to

GL Assessment tests


Ashlawn Selective (Warwickshire)

Aptitude Test for Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

*** NOT an 11+ selective test ***

2019 Entry

A back door route as children are taught alongside the selective stream.
High KS2 SATs scores are also a backdoor route in to the selective stream.

Note: once you are in the grammar stream, you can be removed from the stream in some subjects so there is no guarantee of a grammar school education. Some people do not consider this bilateral school providing a "real" grammar school education for this reason.

Candidates can also take the Warwickshire 11+

Saturday 15th Sept, 2018

Alternative Date: 22nd Sept, 2018

No free mocks for the MFL test

But, take the Warwickshire 11+ on 8th September, 2018

Shropshire, Walsall & Wolverhampton 11+ Consortium

Torbay & Devon 11+ Consortium

Bishop Wordsworth's School (Wiltshire)

Wirrall Borough Council

2019 Entry

Shropshire, Walsall & Wolverhampton Consortium: Monday 17 September 2018 
Adams Grammar School; Newport Girls' High School;
Queen Mary's Grammar; School Queen Marys High School,
Wolverhampton Girls' High School

Torbay & Devon 11+ Consortium: Saturday 15 September 2018

Churston Ferrers Grammar; Torquay Boys' Grammar; Torquay Girls' Grammar;
Colyton Grammar School, and Bishop Wordsworth's School

Wirral Borough Council: Monday 17 September 2018

Calday Grange Grammar School; West Kirby Grammar School;Wirral Grammar School for Boy, and Wirral Grammar School for Girls

Always tick the box to share results with both regions.

1st Sep 2018 Dame Alice Owen`s School 4th Sep 2018 Henrietta Barnet School
8th Sep 2018, Kent Shepway
9th Sep 2018 Warwickshire 11+ (supplementary) Test
12th Sep 2018 London Borough of Bexley Test

11+ Maths and NVR

The Maths site with NVR (Non-verbal reasoning) for Sats and 11+ preparation. Ideal for primary school education and selective school exams. Maths lesson notes; worksheets; presentations; games, & tests auto marked with explanations.

11+ English & VR

Verbal reasoning and English for the 11+, Sats and private/independent school entrance exams as well as primary school. Spellings; definitions; meanings; synonyms; antonyms; cloze passages; jumbled sentences & comprehension.

Sats Papers
Year 2-6 & 11+

Information relating to Sats Tests. Free downloads of Sats papers covering Year 2 to 6 with no registration. Prepare for Year 6 level 3-5, level 6 & 11+ tests. Download the latest phonics tests.
ATA React
Free Android App
Google Play

Fun FREE Android App to test your thinking and reaction speed. Four fun games: colours; shapes; numbers and next letter. Stores score history. Ideal for Sats & 11+ fun whilst you prepare. Download from Google Play.


Download FREE SATs papers. No registration & no annoying popup adverts.
11+ English (Verbal Reasoning)
online preparation with

Spellings; Vocabulary; Synonyms; Antomyms; Conundrums; Cloze Passages; Comprehension, and Jumbled up sentences. Ideal for 11+ tests set at the CEM Centre, at Durham University®.
11+ Maths (Numerical Reasoning)
and NVR online preparation with

Free maths question generator
Lesson notes; presentations (videos); worksheets; games; Sats style tests from Year 2 to 6 including mental maths audio tests; private school 11+ tests, and CEM style past questions.
Now includes Non-verbal Reasoning.
Ideal for 11+ tests set at the CEM Centre, at Durham University®.
The 11+ information site
Helping children pass the 11+
Free advice and resources with
recommendations for preparation.

Children’s Educational Material 11+
Tel: +44 (0) 24 7641 6970 
Email: cemelevenplus@gmail.com
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