CEM 11 Plus

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

The Birmingham 11+ exams are for entrance in to eight grammar schools, that 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. The schools of the King Edward VI Foundation have now introduced catchment areas. They penalise children because of where they live. 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.

Courses for C.E.M. 11+ tests.  Online content & pdf mocks papers included. Click for details.

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.



Birmingham Grammar Schools use CEM 11+ papers.  Practice papers are available from the shop.

2023 Year 7 Entry for Birmingham Grammar Schools

Registration 9th May 2022 to  30th June 2022  4pm  (Reasonable adjustments deadline 15th June 2022)
Test Dates Saturday 17th September, 2022
Sunday 18th September, 2022 for followers of the Jewish and Seven Heavens faiths (who object to Saturday testing),
Results 21st October 2022
Test Supplier GLA Tests will be used for 2023 admissions (previously CEM tests were used)
Weighting is 50% for verbal ability, 25% for numerical ability 25% for non-verbal ability.

Each paper is approximately 60 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) 150
King Edward VI Aston (boys) 140
Bishop Vesey's Grammar (boys) 192
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) 192

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

Click here for 2023 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   CEM style mock tests are stil useful.

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). 


 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.

The Multi-trust academy has now imposed catchment areas despite parental and many headteacher objections. The schools cannot leave the multi-trust academy.
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
  • Short familiarisation papers provided
  • 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
  • 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)

Under the new admissions policy, the qualifying score for King Edward VI Foundation Schools is 205 and Priority Score is 222.

Birmingham Grammar School PAN
QS 2022
QS 2021
QS 2020
King Edward VI Camp Hill School (boys) 150 Cat 5, 256, 8932m,
(Cat 3, 217, 5429m)
Cat 4, 4353m
(all Cat 2 PP offered,
no offers from Cat 3)
Cat 4, 4775
(all Cat 2 PP offered,
no offers frm Cat 3)
King Edward VI Aston (boys) 140 Cat 5,213
(all PP offered)
Cat 5, 211, 9752m
(all PP offered)
Cat 5, 213
sibling, 2642m
(all PP offered)
Bishop Vesey's Grammar (boys) 192 223 (al PP offered) 221 (all PP offered) 223 (all PP offered)
Handsworth Grammar School (boys) 150

Cat 5, 211, 3506m
(all PP offered)

Cat 5, 210, 9492m
(all PP offered)
Cat 5, 213, 7235m
(all PP offered)
King Edward VI Five Ways (mixed) 180 Cat 4, 5028m
(Cat 3, 218, 10,375m)
Cat 4, 244, 4810m
(all PP offererd)
Cat 4, 4461m
(all PP offered)
King Edward VI Camp Hill School (girls) 150
Cat 5, 241, 7724m
(Cat 3, 236, 5839m)
Cat 5, 236 6362M
(Cat 3, 218, 13,096m)
Cat 5, 245, 5995m
(Cat 3, 212, 7133m)
Sutton Coldfield Grammar School (girls) 180 221
(all PP offered)
215 (all PP offered) 217 (207 PP)
King Edward VI Handsworth (girls) 192 Cat 5, 215, 2603m
(all PP offered)
Cat 5, 212, 2049m
(all PP offered)
Cat 5, 214, 8208m
(all PP offered)

Historic Qualifying scores

Birmingham Grammar School PAN
King Edward VI Camp Hill School (boys) 150
(120 in 2020)
(94 in 2013)

24 PP


204 234 232
King Edward VI Aston (boys) 140
(120 in
2016 and
104 in 2013)

35 PP
220 216 215
Bishop Vesey's Grammar (boys)
(160 in 2018)
(128 in 2017)
(124 in 2013)

219 219 217
217 212 211
Handsworth Grammar School (boys) 150 219 208 208 207 207 203 216 N/A N/A
King Edward VI Five Ways (mixed) 180
(150 in 2013)

36 PP
227 225 227
King Edward VI Camp Hill School (girls) 150
(120 in 2013)


30 PP

229 225 222
Sutton Coldfield Grammar School (girls) 180
(150 2013)

221 218 217 215 215 211
215 210 207
King Edward VI Handsworth (girls) 191
(128 in 2013)



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
and the Trafford Consortium

2023 Entry (CEM test)
Test Date: Saturday 10th September, 2022
Monday 12th September, 2022
and Monday 19th September, 2022

SATURDAY 10th September 2022
Gloucestershire 11+         
High School for Girls; Marling School; Pate`s Grammar School; Ribston Hall High School; Stroud High School; The Crypt School
Register 1st June 2022 - noon 30th June 2022. Results: 12 October 2022.
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)

Compromised test - questions known from above)
Test Date 12th September, 2022

BHP Consortium

Heckmondwike Grammar School, Backup & Rawtenstall Grammar & Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith
Trafford Consortium 
Altrinham Grammar School, Sale Grammar School, Stetford Grammar School & Urmston Grammar School

  Always tick the box to share results with all regions

2023 Entry (GLA Test)

Dame Alice Owen's School
Thursday 1st September 2022 TBC
(Verbal Reasoning only)


South West Herts 11+ Consortium  (SWHC)
Saturday 3rd September, 2022

South West Herts Consortium Schools
GL Assessment Test

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.

Kent Grammar Schools Shepway Test  2023 Entry

(CEM Select
computer based test)
and English written test

Register 9am Monday 30th May 2022
to 4pm Monday 4th July 2022

Test Date Saturday 10th September, 2020

Dover Grammar School

Folkstone Grammar School 

Harvey Grammar School

Mayfield Grammar School

Results 7th October 2022

Note many Kent schools use tests from GL Assessment ®

Birmingham Consortium 11+  &
Warwickshire Consortium 11+

2023 Entry GLA Assessment Tests will be used (not C.E.M.)

Test Date: Saturday 10th Sept, 2022.  Supplementary Date: Sun 11th Sept 2022
 (for Jewish & Seven Heavens faiths who object to Saturday testing and those unable to sit on the first date).

Additional Dates for Warwickshire: Monday 20th and Tuesday 20th Sept, 2022, 
and week commencing 2 Jan 2023 and 1st March 2023

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: 3rd May 2022 to 24th June 2022 (noon)
Results: 10th October, 2022
Always tick the box to share results with both regions.

London Borough of Bexley 11+

2023 Entry (CEM test)

Test Date: Tuesday 13th September, 2022 morning &
afternoon for non-Bexley primary school children

Wednesday, 14th September, 2022 morning for Bexley primary school children

Registration Dates: 3rd May 2022 to 8th July 2022

Beths Grammar School

Bexley Grammar School

Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School

Townley Grammar School

Buckinghamshire Transfer Test (Bucks 11+)

2023 Entry  is a GL Assessment Test

Registration: 3pm, 3rd May 2022 to 3pm,
23rd June 2022
(for children outside Bucks only).
 Bucks children do not need to register)

Preparation Test: Tuesday 6th September, 2022

Transfer Test Date: 8th September, 2022

Results: Wednesday 14th October, 2022

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 ***

2023 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 17th Sept, 2022

Registe:  6th June 2022 to 10th July 2022

No free mocks for the MFL test

But, take the Warwickshire 11+ on 10th September, 2022

Shropshire, Walsall & Wolverhampton 11+ Consortium

Torbay & Devon 11+ Consortium

Bishop Wordsworth's School (Wiltshire)

2023 Entry (CEM test)

Bishop Wordsworth's School (Wiltshire): Saturday 10 September 2022

Shropshire, Walsall & Wolverhampton Consortium: Monday 12 September 2022
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 17 September 2022

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

Always tick the box to share results with both regions.

Medway 11+ CEM Consortium

Mathematics & Verbal Reasoning
(NVR is not tested)

2023 Entry (CEM test)

Holcombe Grammar School for Boys; Chatham Grammar School for Girls; Fort Pitt Grammar School (for Girls); Rainham Mark Grammar School (Gillingham - Mixed); Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School (Rochester, Boys); The Howard School (Rainham, Boys); The Rochester Grammar School (Girls)

Tuesday 13th, Wednesday 14th and Saturday 17th, September 2022

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
© 2013-2022. CEM11plus.com group of websites. All rights reserved. Children's Educational Material for the 11+. CEM11plus.com group websites provide information helping children pass the eleven plus. CEM Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring® is an independent not-for-profit research group now owned by Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press® and neither are associated with CEM11plus.com group websites. GL Assessment ® has no connection with CEM11plus.com group websites. The views expressed are those of CEM11plus.com. All trade names and trade marks are acknowledged. This website is secured with a SSL certificate provided to the parent group website, CEM11plus.com, and data is encrypted using 256 bit keys & TLS 1.2.


We use cookies to make this website work better and improve your online experience. By continuing to browse this website you accept the use of Cookies. Learn more about cookies.