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2023 Lancashire 11 plus practice tests
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Lancashire Grammar schools using the 11 plus test for admission
Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School (girls)
Lancaster Royal Grammar School (boys, co-ed sixth form)
Clitheroe Royal Grammar School (co-educational)
Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School (co-educational)
What is the 11 plus test for the grammar schools in Lancashire?
Three of the four Lancashire grammar schools use GL Assessmentsas their 11 plus exam provider. These schools are Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School, Lancaster Royal Grammar School and Clitheroe Royal Grammar School.
Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School has recently changed its 11 plus exam provider to CEM.
All applicants to any of the grammar schools in Lancashire will need to take the 11 plus test to be considered for entry.
What is the format of Lancashire’s 11 plus test?
Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School, Lancaster Royal Grammar School and Clitheroe Royal Grammar School:
These three schools will require applicants to sit three test papers in English, mathematics and verbal reasoning. Each has a time allocation of 45-50 minutes.
Atom Nucleus has mock tests available that replicable the 11 plus exam for Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School, Lancaster Royal Grammar School and Clitheroe Royal Grammar School.
Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School:
This school will require its candidates to sit two test papers, each with a time allocation of approximately one hour. There will be a mix of content in each of the two papers but students will generally be tested on verbal ability, numerical reasoning and non-verbal reasoning.
All of the 11 plus tests are paper-based and all questions on the papers follow a multiple-choice format. Students are given two booklets: a question booklet and answer sheet (it is good practice for your child to double-check they have both parts before they begin the test). Answers should be marked with a clear line as shown below: answer sheets will be marked by a computer.
What is the Lancashire 11 plus pass mark?
Places at the grammar schools in Lancashire are determined by the child’s performance in the 11 plus entrance test against other applicants who participate in the same test. This means that the required standard will only be set once applicants have set the test, with places allocated to those who have achieved this required standard.
The 11 plus test is designed to be academically challenging. Generally, students whose academic level puts them in the top 25% of their cohort are good candidates for the 11 plus.
How competitive is the Lancashire 11 plus test?
Lancashire’s population puts it within the 10 largest counties in the UK. However, as there are only four grammar schools in the county, competition for places can be high.
All of the schools apply oversubscription criteria if the number of candidates who achieve the qualifying standard in the exam exceeds the number of Year 7 places they have available (the Planned Admission Number, or PAN). All schools prioritise children who live within their designated catchment area as part of this criteria – check the boundaries of each school’s catchment area through our school guides (linked above).
When should I start preparing my child for 2023’s Lancashire 11 plus test?
A common age for introduction to the process is the summer term of Year 4 or early autumn Year 5. If your child requires general curriculum focus in addition to specific 11 plus preparation, starting earlier than this may be advisable.
As the test is designed to challenge and assess a secure understanding of academic content and problem solving, working within or above age-related expectations is essential. Your child should have a solid fluency with age-appropriate curriculum before moving on to exam-style formats and questions.
The timing element can be a deciding factor in test-day success for many children: your aim should be for your child to be at ease with the exam and its format before the real thing – ensure they have practised pacing themselves.
How can I help my child prepare for the Lancashire 11 plus test 2023?
Here are some top tips on how to best prepare your child for the 2023 11 plus exam.
Build strong foundational knowledge: the 11 plus assesses a huge amount of content. .
Preparation is key: familiarisation with the question formats and known styles ahead of the exam is absolutely key. Access to quality, unlimited practice material ensures confidence when tackling the test. Atom gives your child access to unlimited mock tests that mirror the content, format and structure of the Lancashire 11 plus exams.
Practising full-length tests will ensure your child goes into test day feeling confident and prepared to ace their exam!
Top FREE PRACTICE 11 plus past papers
- Firstly, our recommended 11 plus practice past papers.
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THE BEST 11 plus maths test practice materials
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Our FREE 11 Plus exam resources
Firstly, our 11 plus non-verbal reasoning tips.
Secondly our Step-by-step guide to passing the 11 plus.
Thirdly, our helpful 11 Plus Guide for parents.
You may also find useful our guide called Where is my local grammar school?
Top Mumsnet’s 11 plus tips
School Entrance Tests’ Brilliant Passing Verbal Reasoning Tests practice aptitude test book
Firstly, a great practical look at Verbal Reasoning is provided in my book, Brilliant Passing Verbal Reasoning which is available on available on the School Entrance Tests Amazon page.
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