Becky Pengilly  

11+ Tutor

Exam Board Change

From September 2018 Buckinghamshire Pupils are assessed for Grammar School entry by sitting the GL (Granada London) Assessment 11+ examination papers. This change occurred after four years of using CEM (Centre of Evaluation and monitoring) test.

GL Assessment was originally founded by National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER). Although the two organisations are now separate. GL Assessment 11+ is used in a number of areas such as: Dorset, Kent, Wiltshire, Northern Island.  An example of the Kent test familiarisation booklet (which will be similar) can be found online:

This new 11+ test (which consists of two papers) will cover a wider range of skills than the CEM Paper. It will also use some of the older style Verbal Reasoning (VR) type questions from the pre 2014 Test – such as codes - combined with new VR type questions.


Paper One: 45 minutes working time (50% weighting)

This Paper combines a range of English skills

1) ENGLISH:    

·       Comprehension

·       Grammar

·       Spelling

·       Punctuation

2) VERBAL REASONING:  Questions that test verbal skills such as vocabulary knowledge through:  Antonyms, synonyms, homonyms, missing letters or words and also coded problem solving.

For example: which letter ends the first word and begins the second word in both sets of brackets?

F I R S   (    )  R A U M A          A  L  E  R    (    )  A  U  T  

Answer  (T)

Paper Two: 45 minutes working time.

This paper includes Maths and Non-verbal Reasoning/Spatial Awareness

25% weighting for Maths

25% weighting for combined Non-verbal Reasoning and Spatial Awareness

MATHS:  A vast range of high-level maths questions.  These include:

·     Problem solving with: different units of measurement, conversion, money, fractions, percentages, decimals, ratio, angles and area.

·     Understanding place value plus confident use of four operations and quick strategies to solve calculations.

·     Accurate reading of train or bus timetables, tables of information, International time comparisons and graphs.

·     Numbers: squared, cubed, square root, prime, prime factors, multiples, factors.

·     Vocabulary Knowledge: integers, sum of, intersection, circumference, adjacent, congruent, mean, mode, range, median, distribution, profit, parallel, perpendicular, bisect.

NON-VERBAL REASONING: A wider range of Non-verbal Reasoning/Spatial Awareness type questions are incorporated, than in the CEM 11+ Paper.

Types of NVR Question: Matrices, Sequences, Analogies, Odd One Out and also shapes with matching letter codes.

SPATIAL AWARNESS: These questions are designed to test pupils' ability to visualise and mentally create, separate or rotate 2D or 3D shapes.  

Example: The 2D cube net folded to create a 3D cube (Dice).