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11 Plus and other entrance exams

There are currently 6 Secondary schools on Wirral which require children to pass an entrance exam before being offered a place. These schools are:

The four Grammar schools use the standardised Wirral CEM (11 Plus) exam, but both Upton Hall and St Anselm's have their own entrance exams.

While the core knowledge and skills required for each exam is similar, the exams themselves are not. Depending on your preferred choice of schools we offer a number of different recommended tuition pathways to choose from.  

Typically our students undertake an initial 2 week Baseline Assement, which then forms the basis of our individual study plan for them. Most students then choose to follow our Wirral CEM study programme, with those who also wish to take the Upton Hall or St Anselm's exam normally attending a limited number of additional sessions to ensure they are adequately prepared for those exams.

It is not however essential that our study programme follows this format. Please contact us to find out more.

Wirral CEM (11 Plus)

The 11 Plus entrance examination for all Wirral grammar schools changed in 2016. The new Wirral CEM exam tests four different subject areas – maths, English (including comprehension), verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning.

For children still in Year 4 we focus on building skills and confidence in key exam areas like vocabulary, spelling and problem solving.

Exam preparation generally begins at the start of Year 5, although it can start later than this. Tutoring focuses on building accuracy and speed across all four subject areas before undertaking a series of practice papers ahead of taking the exam itself.

St Anselm’s College

The entrance examination for St Anselm's consists of 3 papers: one each in verbal reasoning, maths (a mixture of mathematical reasoning and arithmetical questions) and English (a written essay and comprehension).

Our study programme focuses on developing the mathematical, comprehension and verbal reasoning skills required together with techniques to maximise the impact of written work.

Upton Hall School

The entrance examination for Upton Hall consists of two closed NFER papers in verbal reasoning. There are 21 specific types of question in the exam principally involving the solving of mathematical reasoning, logic and English problems.

Our study programme focuses on introducing our students to the different types of question they will encounter in the test, building speed and confidence together with reinforcing the required core knowledge.