Birmingham 11 Plus Exam Format

Background to the 11 Plus Exam in Birmingham

There are eight Grammar Schools in Birmingham that children will need to take an 11 Plus Exam to get into.

King Edward VI Handsworth School  King Edward VI Five Ways School

Handsworth Grammar School       King Edward VI School Camp Hill for Boys

King Edward VI School Aston         King Edward VI School Camp Hill for Girls

Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School  Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls

 

Birmingham 11 Plus Exam Format Details

In Birmingham the Grammar Schools have the same exam. The Birmingham 11 Plus test has changed from CEM tests to GL tests. The GL 11 Plus exams have two papers which cover the following topics:

  • Paper 1- This paper will focus on verbal skills. In this test we expect to see questions from GL’s 21 question type verbal reasoning question bank, some comprehension questions plus perhaps some further literacy questions from GL’s literacy question bank. This paper will be 45 minutes in length.
  • Paper 2- This paper will focus on numerical and non-verbal skills. Pupils can expect this to draw from GL’s maths question bank and from their non-verbal reasoning question bank. This paper will also be 45 minutes in length.

Preparation for the 11 Plus Exam in Birmingham

Firstly it is important to understand what preparation options you have and what might be the most suitable route to go down. Go forward to our 11 Plus preparation options page to understand what the options are and to start thinking about which one might be best for you.

If your child is in year three or four currently then you might also find it useful to understand what advice we offer parents who want to start helping their children at this stage.

If your child is in the latter stages of year four or in year five then we offer different advice designed to help families who are closer to the exam date.

If your child is part way through year five or quite close to the exam then we have tried to show how you can use the time you might have available most effectively.