CEM 11 Plus

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

The Warwickshire 11+ exams are for entrance in to five grammar schools and one bilateral school in the area.  Birmingham and Warwickshire share the same test. The schools use tests from GL Assessment. The 11+ tests  are not tutor-proof and are easy to prepare for. Complete solutions are available using WordBuilder.co.uk and CoolCleverKids.co.uk.

Warwickshire grammar schools are backward and still believe in the outdated concept of catchment areas. They do not believe all children should have an equal opportunity to attend a grammar school and operate bizarre address requirements that effectively amounts to local apartheid. There is nothing stopping families moving outside the catchment area after the first term. All sixth forms are now mixed, with the exception of Stratford Girl`s Grammar School which severely discriminates against boys and indicates a shameful misandric attitude which would not be tolerated if reversed.

2025 Year 7 Entry for Warwickshire Grammar Schools

Registration Tuesday 7 May 2024 to 28th June 2024 at  4pm
Test Dates Saturday 14th September, 2024
Sunday 15th September, 2024 for followers of the Jewish and Seven Heavens faiths (who object to Saturday testing).

Warwickshire: late tests: 21st Sep 2024, 5th Oct 2024 and before 9th March 2025.
Results 18 October 2024    Click here for 2021 entry rankings.
Test Supplier GLA Assessment®  (GLA)
Weighting is 50% for verbal ability, 25% for numerical ability 25% for non-verbal ability.

The test is made up of two papers, each approximately 60 minutes long (45 minutes actual testing and 15 minutes for instructions and example questions). Each test paper is divided into smaller individual sections that test English Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Mathematics and Non-Verbal/Spatial Reasoning. There are no sections of writing within the test – all questions are multiple choice and children record their answers on a separate answer sheet.


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Warwickshire Grammar School PAN (Year 7)
Click here for Warwickshire priority area map  
Southern Priority Circle  
Alcester Grammar School (AGS ) mixed 150
King Edward VI School (K.E.S.), Stratford-Upon-Avon (boys) 87 + 3
Statford Girl`s Grammar School (SGGS), [Shottery] (girls) 120
Eastern Priority Circle (Rugby)  
Lawrence Sheriff School (LSS), Rugby (boys) 150
Rugby High School (RHS), Rugby (girls) 120
Ashlawn Selective (Bilateral) School, Rugby (mixed)
A a maximum of 10% for Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
based upon a PAN of 266 non-selective places


All sixth forms have are mixed gender, except Stratford Girl`s Grammar School, which indicates a misandric attitude. Boys already have fewer grammar school places than girls. This policy disadvantages boys further.

Qualifying scores in the Southern area are higher than the Eastern area and many children who qualify for places in the Eastern Area would have little chance of entry in the more elite Southern area schools. There are fewer grammar school places for boys than girls.

The Eastern priority circle (Area 1), has a radius of approximately 10 miles around Rugby, from the Water Tower.

Rugby and the surrounding areas (Area 2). These areas are outlined below.

Rugby plus the parishes of Dunchurch, Thurlaston, Leamington Hastings, Birdingbury, Grandborough, Wolfhamcote, Willoughby, Binley Woods, Brinklow, Brandon and Bretford, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Bubbenhall, Wolston, Church Lawford, Long Lawford, Stretton-on-Dunsmore, Princethorpe, Frankton, Marton, Bourton and Draycote, Churchover, Clifton-on-Dunsmore, Combe Fields, Cosford, Easenhall, Harborough Magna, Kings Newnham, Little Lawford, Monks Kirby, Newton and Biggin, Pailton, Stretton-under-Fosse, Wibtoft, Willey and Withybrook.

Overlap Area

Ryton-On-Dunsmore, Bubbenhall and Princethorpe are in both the Southern and Inner Eastern Areas.

For entry, schools expect families to move by 31st December. This changed after LSS unlawfully withdrew a grammar school place and unlawfully refused to allow an appeal and found at severe fault by the Local Government Ombudsman and an Independent appeals panel ordered the school to offer a place.

Automatic Qualifying Marks (AQM)

The Automatic Qualifying Mark is set by a Committee of Reference (a panel of headteachers and teachers appointed according to the terms of reference for East Warwickshire). The Heads of the area’s selective schools or their representatives will be members of the Area Committee. They may set an AQM that results in children out of area being offered places on offer day if there are not enough suitable candidates within area (as occurred in 2013-15).

The southern area is a catchement based highly selective area. On offer day, the highest scores above the AQM within the catchment area win places. If places are not filled, out of area children can be offered places.

The Eastern area is a dual catchment based selective area, allowing lower scores in area 1 to win places, at the expense of higher scoring children who happen to live in area 2.  They have introduced lower scores for pupil premium children. This appears to constitute social engineering to ensure a diverse socio-economic group at the schools, as opposed to selecting children solely upon ability. If 11+ tests are tutor-proof, there is no logic to this stance.

From 2014 entry the weighting changed to 50% Verbal Reasoning, 25% Numeric Reasoning and 25% NVR.


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.



a. Ultimate Verbal Reasoning. 1,800 questions.Book 1


b. Ultimate Verbal Reasoning. 800 questions.Book 2 for GL Assessment (Same Missing Letter in Pairs of Words,  Synonym Pairs &  Hidden Words)

c. Ultimate Verbal Reasoning. 741 questions.Book 3 for GL Assessment (Spelling, Punctuation & Conjugation)

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


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


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


2. Maths is covered at CoolCleverKids.co.uk

PDF downloads from the shop.

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 and at SatsBooks.com

Mock Test (CEM style tests are still useful as the content is similar to GL Assessment)


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). 


8.  Letts GL Assessment Practice Mock Test Pack 1 [4 physical books]. Maths, English, VR & NVR {Click here to purchase with FREE P&P}

9.  Letts GL Assessment Practice Mock Test Pack 2 [4 physical books]. Maths, English, VR & NVR {Click here to purchase with FREE P&P}
Lawrence Sheriff Schools' Unlawful Action, 2013

Warwickshire County Council, yet again, published incorrect information on its website.

1. Warwickshire County Council's (WCC) website stated you will not get offers if you did not live within the priority area on offer day.
2. WCC admissions staff confirmed this.
3. WCC results letter repeated this.
4. LSS admissions policy did NOT state those who elected to move, but had not moved would be considered as they had moved (other schools did).
5. There were 17 boys who were out of area received an offer in 1st March, 2013.
6. There were 29 families who were out of area elected to change address.
7. Lawrence Sheriff School unlawfully withdrew a grammar school place and unlawfully refused to process another application and refused the statutory right of appeal.
8. Lawrence Sheriff School were found at severe fault by the Local Government Ombudsman.
9. Lawrence Sheriff School were ordered by an Independent Appeals panel to offer the child a place.
10. Governors and the Head are currently facing a claim for misfeasance in public office in the Birmingham High Court. The case is ongoing.
11. It has discovered the school withheld critical legal advice sent by Craig Pratt to the Head, Dr Peter Kent, including during disclosure.

Warwickshire  County Council`s Vendetta

Warwickshire County Council (WCC) appears to have a personal vendetta against this site as we tell the truth and highlight their incompetent errors and corporate dishonesty.

They claim children do not remember content to make a difference to late sitters as an excuse to reuse the same 11+ test for up to 2 years. They claim they cannot use  a different test from CEM Centre as they cannot compare results. When a child is 12 years old they cannot take the CEM Centre 11+ test so they sit an entirely different test and the results are compared so accurately that the child can be placed on a waiting list. Dishonesty?

It has now become apparent that WCC concealed the fact that in 2012 two questions from their CEM test were secretly voided as CEM guessed children guessed the correct answers and children who answered correctly were denied marks. CEM informed Amy Taylor of WCC of this via email. She was fully aware of and watched her line -manager, Craig Pratt, stating under cross-examination that voiding questions would be unfair and parents would have to be told. Yet, the year before this did not occur. WCC initially denied questions were voided until CEM admitted this.

If children cannot remember content to make a difference to late sitters, then why was an injunction required? Why do they attempt to prevent this site from publishing content and threaten legal action whilst letting other sites publish content? Why take legal action on behalf of schools when they cannot recover legal cost from schools (wasting local tax-payer funds) and have no statutory responsibility for 11+ admissions? A vendetta?
CEM Centre for Evaluation
& Monitoring® CEM 11+ ® Tests
  • No official practice papers available
  • Short familiarisation material provided
  • Computer based tests only using CEM Select
  • Paper tests withdrawn from 2023 by new owners, Cambridge University
  • Mostly used by private schools and small schools
  • 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, Compromised Testing and Injunctions.

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. CEM 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.

We believe the Warwickshire's multiple test dates compromises their 11+ as questions and content are leaked to late sitters and tuition centres are known to recreate questions, often for their weaker students. Out of area children can sit the tests very late with knowledge of content and move straight to the top of waiting lists. No party can discover the confidential contents of test papers prior to them being used for the first time. Once taken, children will and do discuss content amongst themselves and with parents and tutors, so information enters the public domain and the test is immediately compromised. This is why Year 6 Sats, GCSE and `A` level exams are not reused after the main testing date.

In 2013 Warwickshire County Council (WCC) applied for an ex-parte High Court super-injunction using a false statement of truth to prevent publication of the 2013 test content gleaned from children after this site published the name of the comprehension (Lemurs in Madagascar) and two words that appeared on the test (thrifty and frugal). WCC have been consistently dishonest and stated in writing what ever children remembered would make no difference to late sitters as an excuse for repeatedly using the same test. So, why is an injunction required? WCC allow other sites to publish content, indicating a vendetta.
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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)
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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.
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