What is the Warwickshire 11+ entrance test?
The Warwickshire 11+ entrance test is the exam which children must sit to gain entry in Year 7 to the five selective grammar schools in Warwickshire, listed below:
- King Edward VI School
- Stratford Girls’ Grammar School
- Alcester Grammar School
- Lawrence Sheriff School
- Rugby High School
- Ashlawn School* – partially selective
*Ashlawn School is a bi-lateral school which operates one selective class who follow a slightly different curriculum in Years 7 and 8 (90 selective places and 190 non-selective places).
These schools are highly competitive. Your child will not only need to pass the Warwickshire 11+ test, but score very highly in it, in order to get into the school of your choice.
Make sure you check the websites of individual schools for their admissions criteria. Some schools give priority to children living within a certain catchment area.
The Warwickshire 11+ test is a standardised exam covering Maths, English Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, and Non-verbal Reasoning/Spatial Awareness. As of 2022, the exam will be produced by GL, so make sure you prepare for the GL style of exam. Read on for useful information about this new format of exam and how to prepare.
Dates and application information 2023
The test is sat by Year 6 students in September. Registration opens earlier in the year, so make sure you check the Warwickshire County Council website so that you don’t miss the deadline
- Register for the Warwickshire 11+ test.
- Sit the Warwickshire 11+ entrance test
- Receive results from the test. If your child has passed the test, they can apply to the grammar schools in Warwickshire.
- Complete and submit a Common Application Form via Warwickshire County Council.
Dates for 2024 entry
Registration for testing opened: 8th May 2023
Registration closed: 30th June 2023
Test date: mid September 2023
Results of the test sent out: mid October 2023
Local authority preference form deadline: 31st October 2023
National offer day: Wednesday 1 March 2023
These dates will give you a rough guide as to when registration for the test for 2024 entry will open.
The 11+ Warwickshire test format
The Warwickshire 11+ test is made up of two papers.
Both papers last about one hour, including additional time for instructions and examples. They are multiple-choice and have separate answer sheets which will be marked by an automatic marking machine.
There are no written answer sections in the test.
Each paper is divided into smaller timed sections that tests:
- English Comprehension
- Verbal Reasoning
- Non-verbal/Spatial Reasoning
The papers are divided into individually timed sections which are preceded by instructions and example questions.
The Mathematics section covers key aspects of the KS2 National Curriculum. A rough guide to topics covered:
- Arithmetic – operations, number properties, decimals, BIDMAS
- Algebra, simple linear equations
- Fractions and Percentages
- Measurements – unit conversions, area and volume
- Graphs – Venn diagrams, line graphs, pie charts, pictograms
- Statistics – mean, median, mode, range
- Geometry – 2D shapes, angles, coordinates
- Word questions
Children will be given a passage to read, then must answer comprehension questions on the passage. These questions will test your child’s understanding of the passage, ability to make inferences, understanding of a writer’s style and tone, knowledge of literary devices, vocabulary knowledge, and grammar.
This section tests your child’s vocabulary knowledge and reasoning skills. Topics can include: synonyms and antonyms, word puzzles, missing letter puzzles, alphabet code puzzles.
This section tests your child’s spatial awareness and reasoning skills. They will need to spot sequences, understand relationships between shapes and diagrams, and visualise the nets of shapes.
It is divided into short sections of different question types, including both non-verbal reasoning and spatial reasoning. Each section is individually timed and will contain practice questions.
The Warwickshire 11+ entrance test top tips for your child
- For maths, make sure you are familiar and confident with the KS2 maths syllabus, as this is what the questions will be based on.
- Read the questions carefully! Just because the questions are multiple choice, it doesn’t mean they are easy.
In the comprehension section, there is often more than one option which looks as though it could be correct – be careful not to fall for red herrings.
- Pay attention to the time! As with any exam, time management is key, but it is especially important in the Warwickshire 11+ test because this is made up of many different parts.
-Read and listen to any instructions about timings carefully.
- Don’t leave any blanks! It is always worth filling in an answer even if you are unsure.
How to prepare for the 2023 11+ Warwickshire exam
The most useful way to prepare is to do practice papers to familiarise yourself with the style of the exam.
You can access a familiarisation guide here.
GL also has familiarisation papers which you can access here.
However, these papers are not structured in the same way as the Warwickshire test.
For expert practice papers updated to reflect the latest version of the Warwickshire 11+ test structure, have a look at the papers in our shop: