What You Need to Know About 11 Plus Exams In Reading and Slough (Berkshire)
Practice papers, workbooks, and a high level of parental stress often comes as a standard combination as your child prepares to go take the eleven plus exam.
The eleven plus exam is taken by students in their last year of primary school in order to be accepted into a place at a local grammar school. With only the op 30% of students passing the exam each year, and an increasing number of students looking to sit in order to access the limited grammar school places, the eleven plus exam is more competitive than ever. Being prepared is the foundation for success, and the earlier you and your child begins the higher the chance of success.
Eleven Plus in Berkshire
The grammar schools in Berkshire covers both Reading and Slough regions, both of which are testing using the Durham CEM formats. These tests are designed to be limited in practice capability with the aim of testing natural ability at the forefront of utilisation.
The grammar schools in Slough fall under a consortium, meaning that they all use the same registration and testing process.
There are two grammar schools in Reading and one bilateral school which is partially selective. These schools are:
The bilateral school is:
The bilateral school still uses the NFER format for examinations. This exam tests on the same foundations of the Durham CEM, looking at verbal and non-verbal reasoning, maths, and English skills.
There are four grammar schools in Slough:
- Langley Grammar School
- Herschel Grammar School
- St. Bernards Catholic Grammar School
- Upton Grammar School
The Slough grammar schools are greatly contested, with approximately 10 applicants for every space available.
Application To Sit The Berkshire Eleven Plus Exam
Registration to the eleven plus exam for Reading based schools should be completed directly with the selected schools. Use the links above to head straight there.
Registration to the eleven plus exam for Slough based schools should be completed at the Slough Consortium website, click here to go straight there.
For more information please also visit the Slough Borough Council website here.
You will need to have available a recently taken digital photo of your child for upload.
Take note that the registration of your child to take the eleven plus exam in Berkshire is a different process from actually applying for a place at a school, which need to be completed after the test results are received.
Closing date for registration and test applications open at the beginning of May and close around June time whilst the child is in Year 5.
What’s Involved In The Tests?
Students applying for the grammar schools in Slough and Reading both use the same Durham CEM test format, with the students sitting the exam on the same day.
The aim of the test is to evaluate the ability of children in areas including verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, and numerical aspects.
The tests are composed of two different multiple choice papers. Each of the exams will last between 45 to 50 minutes.
The exam papers will cover the areas mentioned, requiring the children to write their own answers of a different answer sheet.
On the other hand, Reading Girls’ grammar school use a different type of test paper while assessing the skills of children in the field of mathematics, verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, in a multiple-choice type test. The bilateral school uses GL Assessment exams.
So What Next
Why not take our free assessment. We have given free access to both a Year 4 and Year 5 test paper so you can see for yourself your child’s current ability and how they might currently fair in the eleven plus exam.
To get started on your eleven plus journey, we have free worksheets available for your child whether they are in Year 4 or Year 5. Within our free worksheets, you can access various different work samples across the eleven plus exam range.
FSL 11+ Online
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