Grammar Schools' Entrance Exam Preparation
Having over 18 years of experience in education, we are very proud of the fact that our tuition not only improves our students’ academic performance, but also builds their confidence and self-esteem.
Our students look forward to our lessons and enjoy the learning process. We try to keep sessions as relaxed and as fun as possible, and encourage participation within the group so that students have the best possible experience whilst preparing for the exam.
Tuition in small groups is usually more economical than employing an individual tutor. If your child learns best in the company of others, or enjoys having a little healthy competition around them, a small group works extremely well.
We work on a 1 tutor to 4 pupil ratio which allows us to keep our sessions as accessible as possible in terms of cost. A range of session times are available and can be booked on our 'Events & Bookings' page.
CEM is part of Durham University’s Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring and provides 11 plus assessment for many areas. Wirral switched to this new format 2yrs ago. It provides accurate and fair testing for children at the start of year 6 and is aimed at identifying children who are more academically capable.
The format has varied each year and sections are very tightly timed. The subjects covered are English, verbal reasoning, maths and non-verbal reasoning (including comprehension, shuffled sentences and cloze passages).
Usually in the second full week back in September, the children will be sitting the test. They will sit two tests, taking place on the same day with a short break in between. The timed tests are directed by an audio CD which gives instructions and timings for each section.
Historically, most primary schools have facilitated their own pupils taking the test, however, this is presently in review and Wirral Authority will clarify this soon.
Schools We Prepare For
UPTON HALL SCHOOL
The entrance exam for Upton Hall is very different to the new format – CEM 11 plus exam. Girls wishing to attend tutoring for this exam will need to familiarise themselves with the many different verbal reasoning question types (very similar to the ‘old 11+’). The closest matching commercial workbooks and tests are from GL assessment and Susan Daughtrey.
If you wish for your child to enter for both the Upton Hall exam and CEM 11 plus exam may require support as the content for each is very different.
The pass mark is a standardised score of 236 from 2 multiple choice Verbal Reasoning papers, 50 mins each (with a break in between). A standardised score uses your child’s age in years and months to convert from a raw score.
ST ANSELM’S COLLEGE EDMUND RICE ACADEMY TRUST
The exam consists of 3 written papers Verbal Reasoning, Maths and English and a mental maths paper
English is 45 minutes long, it consists of a comprehension with questions that are not multiple choice and an essay on a given topic (about 20 mins on each section)
Maths is 45 minutes long, standard format, a lot of worded questions. The pass marks for Maths (written paper and mental maths test) and English (comprehension and essay) are 55%. The pass mark for the Verbal Reasoning paper is 85%. Historically, your child was required to pass 2 out of the 3 papers (with a minimum 3rd score). This could be subject to change.
CALDAY GRANGE GRAMMAR
Calday Grange Grammar School is a non-denominational selective state-funded grammar school founded in 1636, situated on Caldy Hill in the town of West Kirby on the Wirral peninsula. They currently offer a free, grammar school education to nearly 1400 students, with approximately 200 boys in each of Years 7 to 11 and a mixed Sixth Form of nearly 500 students. Access to the school in Year 7 is through an 11 plus examination coordinated by the local authority. CEM Exam
WEST KIRBY GRAMMAR
West Kirby Grammar School (abbreviated to WKGS) is a non-denominational selective state-funded grammar school for girls with academy status in West Kirby on the Wirral Peninsula, England. The school currently has 1182 students, of whom most are girls (boys being admitted in the sixth form only). Girls are welcome to apply to WKGS from the Wirral, Chester, North Wales, Liverpool and Warrington. All Year 7 students need to pass the 11+, which is administered by the Local Authority. CEM Exam
WIRRAL GRAMMAR SCHOOL FOR BOYS
Wirral Grammar School for Boys was founded in 1931 as a maintained selective grammar school for boys aged 11–18. It is situated on a 9.1 acres site to the west of Port Sunlight at Cross Lane, Bebington. The school plans to admit 155 boys. Only boys who attain the required standard in the arrangements for selection by reference to ability and aptitude will be eligible to be considered for admission to the school. Admission to the school is determined by the Governors. The school’s assessment arrangements will be conducted by Wirral Local Authority. CEM Exam
WIRRAL GRAMMAR SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
Wirral Grammar School for Girls has been a Grammar School educating girls aged 11-19 since 1931 and now have just over 1,000 pupils, 300 of them in the sixth form. In August 2011 they became an Academy. Their most recent OFSTED report judged us to be an outstanding school in all areas. The school plans to admit 180 girls unless the net capacity figure indicates otherwise. Only girls who attain the required standard in the arrangements for selection by reference to ability and aptitude will be eligible to be considered for admission to the school. Admission to the school is determined by the Governors. The school’s assessment arrangements will be conducted by Wirral Local Authority. CEM Exam