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Salisbury 11+ Mock Exams


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What's in the Mock Exam?

A Maths paper - 50 minutes

An English paper - 45 minutes

A Verbal Reasoning Paper 50 minutes

Non Verbal Reasoning in CEM-style short timed sections


At present the two Salisbury Grammar Schools use different 11 plus exams.

Bishop Wordsworth School started using CEM (Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring, Durham University) in 2015. Their exam will be two papers containing a combination of Maths, English, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning.

South Wilts Grammar School has been using GL Assessment for years (GL stands for Granada Learning, formerly National Foundation for Educational Research- NFER). Their exam will be 3 papers - Maths, English and Verbal Reasoning.

Both exams are multiple-choice and are held at the relevant Grammar School in mid to late September.

These Mock Exams have had the papers specially written for them, so the children cannot have done them before and thereby get a “false positive”. For this reason they are not released.

The papers are structured to give us as much information as possible. The girls’ real 11+ will follow closely the same format.

The Non-Verbal Reasoning paper is held under CEM conditions using short timed passages. I have resisted giving the boys two short CEM style papers on the grounds that spread over the four subjects there will simply not be enough information about what needs fixing. I don’t want to charge for a product I just don’t think is useful to getting a pass in the real 11+.

Of all the things I do, I think this is probably the most useful. Most children have never sat a formal public exam before. There are many rules of etiquette that you and I take for granted, that are completely unknown to the children. The aim of the mocks is ensure that they give of their best in the real 11+, that they aren't fazed by the occasion, or embarrass themselves though honest ignorance. They can iron out any problems in a safe environment and can go on to concentrate only on the academic content of the exam.

The evidence from the reports may well be useful in the event that we want to appeal for a child should they just fail. Children who have prepared well generally don’t fail, but if they do it is by a very small margin. Whilst it is not the real 11+, the reports do independently show where you child is compared with other local children who are preparing for the 11+.


When can we sit the Exam in 2019?

There are three opportunities to sit each exam, on Saturday mornings. The dates are shown below. Please arrive at 08:05 to 08:15. Pick up at 12:00 (girls) and 12:35 (boys).

Click here for directions.



Tickets - There are three ways to buy the tickets: in person, by post, or online using PayPal here. You don't need a PayPal account to do this. Please check availability. You will need to bring your ticket with you (unless you paid by PayPal). Just like the Panto.

What to bring with you - click here


The room ready for the exam.


The entrance to the Scout Hall seen from the other side of the road (St Marks Avenue).

When do we get the Results?

The papers are marked and checked immediately after the exam on the Saturday. Analysis for the full reports takes place over the weekend and the bound, printed reports are normally ready for collection or posting out by Tuesday afternoon.

We will post on Twitter when they are ready.



What is needed?

· Four layers of clothing

· Snacks, not too sticky or salty

· Drinks with non-drip top

· Stick a note onto their snacks telling them that you love them. It makes a huge difference!

· Clear pencil case or plastic bag

· Pencils: I like the Papermate see-through, non-stop pencils. The rubbers work well and there is no need for a sharpener. Also, they don’t roll off the table.

· Rubber

· Sharpener

· Hairbands etc. for boys and girls with long hair and floppy fringes.

· Warm socks, for the kickers, so they can take their shoes off and kick freely without disturbing anyone.

· Glasses if needed: close for reading, distance for clocks and instructions.

· Watches or timers (not with calculators), if they promise not to fiddle, distract or peep. Time warnings are given.

· Check their bags for calculators, iPads, dictionaries etc. In the past children have bought them not realizing: it will lead to trouble. Both exam boards are very twitchy about espionage: so no phones or cameras. Seriously, they will disqualify you.

· No scrap paper. It will be confiscated. Written workings should go on the question sheet.