2024 Essex grammar school entry? Here’s the best Essex 11 plus practice tests!

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So, what will the 2024 11 plus pass mark be?

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What’s the CSSE 11 plus Essex pass mark?

On Essex’s 11 plus results day, you’ll need to get a total standardised 11 plus score of at least 303 to qualify for a place at an Essex grammar school. Some CSSE grammar schools have even higher qualifying 11 plus scores.

You can find out more about how other grammar schools calculate their 11 plus pass mark here.


11 plus key dates for Essex grammar schools

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Essex’s grammar schools: King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford County High School for Girls, Colchester County High School for Girls, Colchester Royal Grammar School, Southend High School for Boys, Southend High School for Girls, Westcliff High School for Boys, Westcliff High School for Girls, St Bernard’s High School, St Thomas More High School, and Shoeburyness High School.

All of these schools except Chelmsford County High School for Girls are members of the Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex (CSSE). Chelmsford County High School for Girls (CCHS) is not a member of the CSSE – it has its own testing process.

  • 14th May 2024: CSSE 11+ registration opens

  • 21st June 2024: CCHS entrance test registration closes

  • 28th June 2024: CSSE 11+ registration closes

  • 13th September 2024: CCHS entrance test

  • 21st September 2024: CSSE 11+ exam day

  • 14th October 2024: parents receive CSSE 11+ results

  • Mid-October 2024: parenst receive CCHS results

  • 31st October 2024: secondary school common application deadline

  • 3rd March 2025: national school offers day


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So, what will the 2024 11 plus pass mark be?
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Summary of CSSE 11 plus – Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex

The Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex, or CSSE, includes 10 grammar schools from the Essex area, admitting pupils through an exam that covers English and Maths. The Essex Grammar Schools 11+ Exam Date is  September 2023

Now let’s summarise the 11 plus differences in the CSSE 11+ exam used only for selection by this Essex grammar schools Consortium.

What are the CSSE 11 plus grammar schools across Essex?

So, first  let’s list the CSSE grammar schools.

  • King Edward VI Grammar School
  • Colchester County High School for Girls and Colchester Royal Grammar School
  • Southend High School for Girls and Southend High School for Boys
  • Westcliff High School for Girls and Westcliff High School for Boys
  • St Bernard’s High School for Girls and St Thomas More High School
  • Shoeburyness High School

What is the Essex 11 plus English paper format?

  • Essex grammar schools have their own unique 11 plus exam for the whole county.
  • This Essex 11 plus exam comprises two separate 11 plus papers.
  • These are each worth 60 marks. During the English test, the grammar school provides 1 hour (for answering the 11 plus questions); plus an additional 10 minutes of reading time.
  • The English paper covers: 11 plus English comprehension, 11 plus continuous writing, and 11 plus verbal reasoning.



CSSE 11 Plus (for the Essex consortium of grammar schools)

The CSSE 11 Plus consists of two tests:

  • Firstly the CSSE English paper.
  • Secondly, the CSSE Maths paper.
  • The English paper will last sixty minutes with ten minutes additional reading time.
  • Each paper is worth 50%, or equally weighted. A child’s score on each paper is standardized.
  • The English paper also has a Creative Writing section.


What’s the Essex 11 plus registration date?

The CSSE 11+ exam is usually mid-September. Registrations will be open on the official CSSE website from mid-May.

When is Essex 11+ results day?

The 11 plus test results for all Essex grammar schools are scheduled to be posted by 1st class post in the first week of December.

The Essex 11 plus results link will reopen for you to view your child’s test results here on the official CSSE 11+ Results.


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Essex CSSE 11 plus Maths paper 2022

The Essex 11 plus maths paper, has a 60 minutes administration and completion time allocation (by each Essex grammar school).


How many grammar schools are there in Essex?

There are 13 grammar schools in Essex, a county in southeast England. Of these 13 schools, 11 are part of the  Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex (CSSE).

The CSSE schools set up their own entrance exam papers. These consist of 2 tests, each being worth 60 marks:

      • English: one hour plus 10 minutes’ additional reading time, covering comprehension, applied reasoning (puzzle solving) and continuous writing. Some of the questions are multiple-choice.
      • Maths: one hour, with answers written on the question sheet provided.

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  • You need Essex 11 plus test practice papers which replicate the format, layout and style of the actual CSSE exam exactly.
  • This makes them ideal 11 plus exam preparation for entry to any CSSE school (Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex).

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